The Stupid! It Hurts!
I have this problem. You see, I have the ability to think and reason on my own, and I can read at above a first grade level.
This apparently distinguishes me from the angry right, who keep saying that President Obama is enacting socialism, and that his tax structure shows that he doesn't want people to succeed, etc.
Let's dispense with that last part because while I can say with certainty that these people have no idea what Obama is thinking, the same is true for me.
But let's be clear about one thing: his tax proposal simply reverts the tax rates back to the income tax levels under President Clinton.
Some obvious questions arise, none of which any of these nincompoops ever address:
- Was the United States a socialist country from 1992-2000?
- If yes, does the prosperity this country experienced during that time indicate that socialism works? If not, why not?
- If it is unfair to revert back to that tax code, why was it fair to give the 5% of people getting a tax hike now all those tax cuts in the past? (As a pre-emptive strike here, I know that most 'informed' responses will say, 'Just because it was imbalanced in the past doesn't have anything to do with the present.' To this, I say, "Phooey."
- Do you actually know what socialism is?
This simple quiz has been brought to you by the public education system (which, incidentally, is also NOT socialism, though closer to it than anything described above).