Warren Buffett makes the erroneous claim that he pays less in taxes than does his secretary. He claims that the government thus “coddles” the rich. He asks the government to increase his taxes, and the taxes of others like him, as if he is incapable of doing that on his own.
Buffett is half right. He proves that government coddles people by asking the government to solve his problem of guilt.
To help Buffett learn to take care of himself, without government help. here are 3 ways he can assuage his guilt and built his self-esteem by solving the problem himself.
1. Pay all you want to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
2. Go Galt. Make less money. Give away what you have.
Usually out of desperation. I’ve lied to those closest to me—those most willing to forgive the thing I lied about.
I’ve also told the truth to my own detriment. In the long run, the latter works best. In fact, telling the truth works best in the short run, too.
So maybe Obama’s desperate. Maybe he knows that the debt ceiling debate is the beginning of the unraveling of Americum Sovieticum, his life-long dream. In desperation, then, he’s simply making stuff up.
How do I know Obama’s lying?
The last time 80 percent of America agreed on something, the question was whether or not to get baby Jessica McClure out of the well. So when I hear that 80 percent of Americans support something, I assume it involves human life.
But somewhere, somehow, Barack Obama has found data revealing that 80 percent of Americans want—demand—a tax increase.
Maybe the President saw this Quinnipiac University poll – with a questioned designed to elicit a particular response. The question enticed 62 percent of 2,311 registered voters to accept some taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
So, perhaps, Obama merely took that 62 and round up to the nearest . . . 80?
But there’s also the media defensive panic.
When conservative presidents are caught lying or being morons, conservatives tend to admit, well, maybe he shouldn’t have said “mission accomplished.”
When leftists find their leftist president being a deceitful dolt, they obfuscate. Huffington Post, New York Times—all the usual suspects—have scrubbed their sites of references to the President’s lie. (At least, my searches found nothing. Then, again, I try to not to spend too much time on those sites.)
Instead, the left talks about this being the time to bring taxes into the equation.
Two people who get it . . . clearly: Mark Steyn and Charles Krauthammer.
How about last December, when he ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations? How about February, when he presented a budget that increases debt by $10 trillion over the next decade? How about April, when he sought a debt-ceiling increase with zero debt reduction attached?
All of a sudden he’s a born-again budget balancer prepared to bravely take on his own party by making deep cuts in entitlements. Really? Name one.
So I lied again. Eighty percent of Americans don’t read Hennessy’s View every day. Not yet, anyway.
One state bordering Illinois has been notoriously silent. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has done nothing to steal business and residents away from Illinois.
Is Nixon being lazy? Or is he just being a good Democrat?
While we’re at it, why isn’t St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay beating the bushes on the East Side? The city needs business and people desperately, but Slay has been as silent as Nixon.
Look, people, I realize that we have a lot of friends in Illinois. My wife is from GC. Most of her family lives in Madison County. But businesses and workers are going to flee to the state. Illinois dropped from the 23rd best tax state to the 36th in one step. With Democrats in charge of the legislature and the governorship, this increase is only the beginning. Illinois taxes will rise until the people in Illinois elect tax cutting budget hawks.
In the meantime, Jay Nixon has an obligation to put Missouri’s economy ahead of Democrat party loyalties. Missouri needs to follow the leads of Indiana, Wisconsin, and New Jersey by campaigning for fleeing Illinois businesses and people.