Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Plain talk = Palin talk
by Clifford F. Thies "Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising … there is this question of how we’re going to pay for the programs ... something is going to have to give …. We’re going to need more revenue … Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well ... maybe a value added tax … And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits ... So the snarky version…which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this." Sarah Palin predicted this. Paul Krugman, speaking in a synagogue: Paul Krugman, perhaps unknowingly recorded, has let the cat out of the bag. Yes, it's snarky, and, yes, this is going to get me into trouble, but Obamacare means massive tax increases on the middle class and it means death panels. How is it that Krugman arrives at these conclusions? Well, it's economics. First, there is a limit to how much you actually can tax the rich (and we may have already past it). The rich are not stupid. They are not unaware of how much they are being taxed. You try to tax them too much and they will leave. Then, what will you do? If you want the entire country to become Detroit, or Chicago, or the state of Illinois or possibly even the state of California, just keep raising taxes on the rich. Of course, the informationally-challenged voters of the Democratic Party don't realize this. Nor do the union goons. Nor the youths wondering how long they can put off going to work. Nor do the silly women and even sillier men that constitute the intellectual elite of the Democratic Party, the Occupiers, the Feminists, the Tree-huggers, the Breatharians, and the liposuctioned, botox-injected, acid-fried, rehabbed and medicated Hollywood types. No, they don't even have the capacity to figure it out. But, an economist, even a left-wing economist sympathetic to the goals of the Democratic Party, he not only can figure it out, he enjoys it. He looks into the abyss of socialism, and falls in love with it. It is the ring of power. The power over life and death itself. Make no mistake, the Obama Administration knows the score. They know that our huge budget deficit is not sustainable. This is why they've stopped playing the game of balancing the budget. You Republicans, you balance the budget. And, we, the good guys, we will criticize you for making the hard decisions. You Republicans, you cut Social Security and Medicare, and you raise taxes. While we, we who love seniors and working families, we will try to defend them against you evil and rich bastards. This is why we, in the Republican Party have to start talking about "earned entitlements." That we will defend the benefits of those who have paid into the system, as well as those who have saved on their own, by balancing the budget at the expense of the moochers and thieves. We will expand the economy, open up production of our natural resources, reform the structure of taxes and regulations so as to encourage business, make sure everybody who works and saves is actually better off than those who don't, and require work from those who should work but who have grown accustomed to being taken care of. Oh, and as for raising taxes on the middle class and euthanizing those whom the government finds not worth keeping alive, why we would ever think somebody "holy" who denies the implications of Obamacare? Ignorance is not next to Godliness.