I know, I know. This is news? But follow with me down that yellow brick road. Biden said something that I’ve been wanting to hear from a Democrat for ages—that the rich paying taxes (or anyone else) is patriotic.

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Some president said that once.

There is no government without paying taxes. Like roads? Pay your taxes. Support the troops? Pay your taxes. Like hospitals? Pay your taxes. Enjoy not having to take mum and dad in when they’re eighty because they have SS and Medicare? Pay your taxes.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Then there’s Palin, displaying the fine undertanding of the economy that drove Wasilla into debt:

“To the rest of America, that’s not patriotism, raising taxes. It is about killing jobs and hurting small business and making things worse,” she continued. “This isn’t about anyone’s patriotism, it’s about Barack Obama’s poor judgment.”

Oh yes, because those rich people did great things with all that money the government didn’t tax from them. Like run the economy into the dirt by paying themselves huge salaries and bonuses to drive the financial sector into the ground. Next time I hear some libertarian idiot say "the most productive people in the economy deserve to keep their money" I’m pulling out a louisville slugger on that nonsense:

So, if you pay yourself tens of millions of dollars you must be "productive", right? Then explain to me what’s productive about making your company go bankrupt? Explain to me why it is the US government, supposedly not productive, is going to have to pay trillions to bail out the mistakes of all the productive people?

Forget rich people being "patriotic" and paying taxes, they need to pay a high tax rate because they’re the ones who keep breaking the economy. They’re the ones who keep coming to Uncle Sam with hand outstretched. "Can you spare a hundred billion, guvernor?"

It’s not welfare! Not if you give it to the rich! Honest!

America’s rich—time they paid the freight.

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in Pogge.ca and BlogsCanada. He is also a social media strategy consultant and currently lives in Toronto.

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