The free market could help Barack Obama break even. Sadly, he prefers to deal in unintentional irony, meaning he won't let his presidency be saved by his professed top bogeyman. It's almost a tragedy that he could get more of the precious revenue after which he lusts if only he'd be willing to admit he's wrong about everything. But his contempt cancels out any potential sympathy for his fundamental flaw of not forgiving those who underwrite his bailouts.
The begging boss man's resentful misery makes coping with him more challenging on top of how frequently and patiently we've tried to explain that the economy would improve only if he wasn't applying his progressive schematics to it. It's not as if he's approachable: he won again, jeez, and yet he won't lose that scowl. Imagine if he lost. Take your blessed time and enjoy the daydream.
One who is interested in true fairness, namely a system where rates don't escalate faster than income, could try to explain the concept to him, but he's set on making people pay for being paid so much. Aside from drone targets, Obama most enjoys killing motivation. Blame how he leaves humans out of his bizarre formulations: if there's a barrel filled with 100 apples, you'll have 70 if you take that many, but if you try to take 70 of a person's 100 apples, they'll either hide them in the cellar or not pick them at all next time. He never learned about incentives in math class, or math, either.
Those lucky enough to still be employed might almost find it cute that the White House thinks taking from those making six or more figures is actually just. In truth, it's philosophically immoral to demand not a level playing field but a tie score. We've made the mistake of pretending it's not disgusting to punish people for success, and as a result the collective really thinks it did the work without sweating. Someone else will cover for you, even if you don't know them by name.
To the shock of liberals, the money that used to be there was taken from somewhere. Legislators speculate about what causes recessions as if it's something mechanical without ever pondering the real impact on humans. New taxes smack us all, even if we're not paying them directly. It's not just rich bastards having less of a cushion: the people who work for them or rely on their purchases may finally wonder if the government gift bags are a suitable replacement for earning a living.
You've apparently got to take money to make money. The rampant misery voters supported twice isn't going to result in stuffed coffers. It's still tough to ascertain whether economic levelers really think an impossibly yawning debt can be closed by levying the stuffing out of high earners or merely resent them and try to grab more. Either way, the negative distance from zero will continue to climb mercilessly as if there are unpleasant consequences of switching ownership from third person singular to first person plural.
Further tilting would make us perpendicular. The supreme hallucination of this trippy White House is that the present system is in balance, with the perspective skewed on account of looking from a prone position in between sidewalk naps. You see, the upper class profits while the proles sweat for the government's behalf, except for how people who can afford named cheese pay all the income taxes.
The opulent might have more to cough up if only they were allowed to engage in commerce and create value. As for the progressive approach, drinking 22 beers per night instead of the entire case won't lead to that much more clarity, especially if you plan to exclusively fund the next lager purchase by returning empties.
He's not trying to replace kickoffs with punts as much as he is out to limit players exclusively to kicking a round ball. Obama is seeking not a realignment but a redefinition that would result in the soccerification of America. It's a strategy for hooligans: instead of being in this together, it's us versus them, with anyone who has one dollar more than any of us serving as targets.
True equality comes in the form of everyone paying the same percentage. It's easier to advance knowing there's no worry of running into a heavier bracket upon getting a raise, not to mention more comfortable sending one's cut if it doesn't mean losing every Monday and Tuesday's proceeds to the IRS.
The saddest thing about those desiring redistribution is that they never realize how they could be the ones who inspire jealousy. The myopic class isn't doomed to spend eternity in the same quartile. You can become your own lord if you find quasi-serfdom is not to your liking. But moving on up won't happen while aggressively panhandling from well-off people who only have so much change to toss.
Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. He tweets at http://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy.