I don't often make mistakes and even more rarely admit one but . . .
For much of my adult life, I've been convinced that if the issue of abortion, magically or by the grace of God, ceased to exist, so would the Democrat Party in the United States. It is their rallying cry. It is the brush with which they paint conservatives as extreme Bible-thumping misogynists. But I've been wrong.
Democrats also exist because they take money from you and me and give it to their voters. They redistribute wealth from one group of people to another and, in that way, buy power with money that isn't even theirs to begin with.
What convinced me? This story from Stephen Ohlemacher at the Associated Press. In it, Ohlemacher reports that nearly half - 47% of all American households will pay NOTHING in federal income taxes this year. Nothing! We have "a tax system that exempt almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education."
And, get this, a full 40% of American households "make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment." This is highway robbery on a massive, nationwide scale.
Did you realize that if your in the 53% that actually pays taxes in this country that the government is taking some of your money and handing it directly to 40% of your neighbors?
So where does all the money the government spends come from? Well, the government either borrows it or it comes from the 70% of all tax revenue that comes from the top 10% of earners nationwide.
70% comes from 10% while NOTHING comes from 47% . . . and most of that 47% actually get a check in the mail from the rest of us marked "courtesy of your friends in Washington, D.C."
So why does this breathe life into the Democrats? Simple. The Democrats stand for more government, more programs, more handouts. And isn't it easy to support a party that wants more government, more programs, and more handouts, if you're benefiting but don't have to pay?
The Democrats stand for higher taxes . . . but only on the so-called wealthy. Right now, the "wealthy" constitutes 53% of us - the taxpayers.
If we don't stand up to them now, when we're still a slight majority, what power could the Democrats wield if their 47% natural base of non-taxpaying Americans became a slight majority? In a democracy, how much could 51% of the citizens take from 49%?
The answer, as anyone reading this far should know, is scary!
If the federal income tax is continued - and not replaced with a different funding mechanism entirely - a flat tax rate with minimal deductions is the way to go. Every American who earns an income should be entitled to one standard deduction, at or near a true poverty line, the minimal amount of money that it would take to feed, house, and clothe oneself and his or her dependents, then on a certain percentage of every dollar earned after that should be taxed. I'd have to check many more numbers and do math beyond my skill-set to choose the appropriate percentage but if everyone paid the same percentage, the rich would still pay more (since they earn more) but those earning less would still have a personal stake in tax policy.
But, guess what, that's not likely to happen. Why not? Too many people like the system just the way it is. The Democrats couldn't stand to give up the power to take money from you to buy votes from their constituencies. Never.
The Democrats have to go folks. The message could not be clearer. Now is the time. This is the year. Clean out Congress in November. Your wallet and your country depend on it.
(By the way, lest you believe that I'm as cocky as Michael "Big Mike" Lynche on American Idol, whose chestnuts were pulled from the fire by the judges tonight - and who by all appearances felt that he, by his very being and greatness, was entitled to their gift of a second chance, the introductory paragraph at the beginning of this post was done for effect . . . mostly.)