Big Lie No. 1: Use your common sense!
To the Editor:
Tax the rich more. They’re not paying their fair share. Sounds reasonable. The public opinion polls verify that a majority of Americans agree. The problem (as is often the case) is the unintended consequence.
Are the rich going to meekly absorb this increase and do with less? Most assuredly NOT! What will happen is that the prices on the goods and services provided and produced by these rich people will see a proportional increase in price. Another possible approach by the providers/producers is to reduce their costs of doing business. In most cases this translates to JOB CUTS and/or poorer quality.
So, who ends up REALLY paying the tax? Answer: The consumers of these goods and services. That’s you and me. Don’t doubt it!
The politicians know this. Despite public opinion they (or their staffers) are smarter than they look/act. So I suggest you think about why they aren’t telling you the full story. People it is time to hold our politicians accountable for what they say as well as for what they don’t (intentionally) say. Further I’m insulted that they think I’m that dumb! I hope you are as well.
This isn’t a left-vs.-right or Republican-vs.-Democrat issue. This is just plain common sense. Folks make our politicians develop real solutions not just throw out campaign rhetoric that tests well in focus groups.
Will Big Lie No. 2 be coming soon? I’m working on it.
Printed in the October 11, 2012