Skip to comments.We Do Need "The Rich's" Money
Posted on 12/08/2012 5:38:40 PM PST by jfd1776
Democrats like to shout that the Richest Americans must share in the sacrifice. Its recently become the principal mantra of Barack Obama: that all this is going to hurt, a lot, and the richest Americans can best afford it, so they must share in the suffering.
Some rich Americans, every so often, even admit that its true. From Rob Lowe in 1988 famously shouting back to George H.W. Bush I dont NEED your help! to Warren Buffet today, rich people occasionally say that, yes, they can afford to suffer a larger tax bite more easily than can the rest of us.
This should horrify the conscious American like no tornado, earthquake or hurricane ever could. The concept is wrong on so many levels not just misguided, but downright evil.
Why should ANYONE have to suffer?
Have you ever noticed how much the Left talks about suffering? We have to help those who are suffering. We have to share the suffering. Lets start with those who can best afford to suffer.
America isnt about suffering; never has been. This country was built by sturdy people who put up with suffering, yes, but they didnt dwell on it. They put up with it and moved on.
Centuries ago, you suffered in the wilderness because you were clearing brush to build a farm. You suffered in a tent because you were trapping furs, to sell in the big city where you could live well. You suffered in the mountains because you were crossing them to reach California for the gold.
As the country developed, the level of suffering changed. You suffered long hours at the factory so you could become a supervisor, then a manager, then an owner yourself. You suffered the work of two jobs to pay for night school so you could be better paid as a college-educated professional.
You suffered cold nights in a tenement so you could save up for your own home at the edge of town or in the suburbs. You suffered the heat of a restaurant kitchen, or the danger of a mine, or the risks of a lathe, because you wanted to get out of your circumstances, and move up from poverty to lower middle class, then from lower middle class to upper middle class. You suffered the 80-hour weeks of a business startup so that you could become wealthy enough to retire comfortably, or perhaps even, to retire young.
Thats called capitalism, in a nation that believes in economic freedom. Its good for everybody, not just the rich, but everybody whos willing to apply themselves. Its not easy, but its a proven process, a method that rewards hard work by propelling the deserving toward their desired destination.
Notice a difference today? The Left doesnt have a destination in mind. They expect you to suffer without improvement. If anything, they want Americans to get worse. They wreck the economy so that unemployment leads to foreclosure; they wreck the market so that investments turn to bankruptcy, and savings turn to poverty. They wreck the government so that annual deficits lead to crippling, inescapable debt; they wreck the healthcare system so that sickness leads to death.
There is no good reason to focus on suffering today. Yes, were a nation in debt. But that doesnt mean we need to suffer; it means we need to get to work! We have between ten and thirty percent unemployment, depending on how you count it; just put those people to work in a reinvigorated private sector, and the ensuing growth will reverse that deficit and start taking care of the debt.
But we have to make that change, and fast. From suffering and sluggishness, to hard work and growth. A growth economy reduces the burden on government, and enables the natural revenue inflow that our nation so desperately needs.
We do need the money of the rich.
Now back to the mantra. The president and his shills in his party, in the media, in the education system, all say that we need the money of the rich, and this is true, but not in the way they think.
Lets spend a moment considering how the rich spend the money thats on the table at present. Lets say, its those several percent of their income that the Left says that the government needs and that the rich can easily do without. Perhaps, for a few of them, that several percent is a hundred thousand dollars (this is somebody really rich, isnt it ). Lets explore what one of these millionaires does with this money now so that we can envision all the things that wont happen if its taken away from him:
Shopping: Maybe he shops with it. With this much money, he probably shops a lot. If he spends this money on Michigan Avenue or on a shopping trip to Rodeo Drive or Manhattan, that money goes into the cash registers at a variety of stores. It may buy domestic goods, in which case it has also enriched American manufacturers or it may buy imported goods, in which case it has employed some Italian clothing makers or French winemakers or Chinese electronics makers or Japanese artisans. Those goods had to travel to reach these stores, so that money helped truckers and freight forwarders and distribution companies and buyers and other middlemen too, all in addition to the shopkeepers and their clerks.
Take the spending money away from the rich guy, and youre just making him live without some fancy wine or electronics or clothing or art He may not even notice. But youre also robbing all these others of their livelihood when he, and thousands like him, are not there to spend that money on them.
Dining and Entertainment: Maybe he goes out with it. Maybe this is the extra money in his fun budget, so he can fly his family to New York and see five Broadway plays and stay at the Waldorf Astoria or the Conrad Hilton or the Plaza, and dine at the best restaurants for a week. This spending employs actors and playwrights and musicians and theater ushers and restauranteurs and waiters and cooks and airlines and stewardesses and airline stock owners and theatrical investors and hotel maids and hotel front desk clerks
Take the travel money away from the rich guy, and youre just making him skip that one cool week vacation. Hell live. He may not even mind, if the Left has convinced him that giving it up is his patriotic duty.
But youre also robbing all these others of their livelihood when he, and thousands like him, are not there to spend money on them.
Investing: Maybe he invests it. Maybe this is just more money for him to invest, so hes a part of the days influx of money into the stock market and the bond market. Maybe he invests this money in blue chip companies, or in brand new start-ups, or in municipal bonds for a road project or school or bridge. So this investment money gives companies a chance to get off the ground, or to continue to grow and hire staff, or it gives a city or county or school district the ability to build the infrastructure that employs concrete mixers and engineers and construction crews and carpenters and painters.
Take this investment money away from the rich guy, and youre just robbing him of a drop in the bucket that he might not really notice in his huge investment portfolio that nobody might really notice.
But youre also robbing all these startups of investors to give them a chance; youre robbing the market of the constant inflow of cash that keeps our market stable and protects our 401Ks and pensions and other personal and government investments. Were all in the market now, but dont kid yourself; we depend on the rich investors to keep it growing. If we want a stable retirement fund for those of us in the working poor and middle class, we cant rip the rich folks out of it and expect to survive by ourselves.
Savings: Maybe he just saves it. Maybe he has a limit to how much he spends and invests, and he wants to keep some cash in the bank. So he takes advantage of the FDICs insured coverage limits, to keep that hundred thousand dollars in a local bank account, despite the lousy interest rate. The bank then uses these dollars to invest in mortgages and business loans, and to extend home equity lines for people who are strapped at the moment, or to give credit cards to people so they can shop and dine out without the danger of carrying cash or the bother of writing checks.
Take this bank money away from the rich guy, and youre just robbing him of a fragment of his wealth, which he truly may not really notice.
But the economy will notice it. The banks depend on their wealthy clients savings accounts for the cash reserves that allow them to grant business loans and home mortgages. The feds are cracking down on banks, tightening the screws on the ability of a bank to loan out money with too little in reserves. If we take this money out of the banking system, were ensuring that there will be more foreclosures, more bankruptcies, more bank failures, and fewer home sales, fewer investments in small business.
In fact, of course, the rich who are being used as the communal donor here dont spend or invest all their money the same way. They do a mix of the above choices. They all invest, shop, dine out, buy theater tickets, buy and decorate homes, and travel. When we reduce the money that they have, we are reducing how much of all of that they will do.
Raising taxes on the rich may not noticeably affect their lives. When Rob Lowe or Warren Buffet or other such liberal rich folks say this, they may be telling the truth. We non-rich certainly feel a 5% tax increase a heck of a lot more than they do.
But the reason not to raise taxes on the rich isnt just for their benefit (though it is true, for ethical reasons, we shouldnt rob them any more than we should rob anyone). The reason is for the rest of us.
The rich may not feel a slight tax increase, but the rest of us will feel it when they have less money to spend and invest. The rest of us will feel it because there will be more restaurant closures, more store closures, fewer business startups and expansions and continually higher unemployment as these waiters and shop clerks and buyers and salesmen and actors and chefs and their supervisors and managers and accountants and landlords find themselves unemployed.
If we take this money from the rich, they may not particularly notice it. But the rest of us will.
We do need the richs money. But we dont need it in Washington, or Springfield or Sacramento or Lansing or Madison or Albany.
We need it where it is now: in the pockets and purses of the rich, so that they will do what they always do with their money spread it around throughout our economy. The invisible hand of a free market will enable that money to do far more for all of us than it could ever do if it went to Washington to be poured down that endless financial drainpipe of theirs.
In the classic Broadway hit musical, Hello, Dolly, the title character colorfully offers the essence of economics in a single famous line: Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It's not worth a thing unless it's spread around, encouraging young things to grow.
Its true. When the government takes more money out of our economy, there will be less growth. Its as simple as that.
And when tax revenues are down, and unemployment is up, all because of a stagnant, miserably flat economy, what we need is growth.
We need the rich to have the ability to help us all by helping themselves, to grow the economy by doing what they do anyway. As long as an avaricious government doesnt stop them from helping, by robbing them of their ability to contribute.
Copyright 2012 John F. Di Leo
John F. Di Leo is a Chicago-based Customs broker and international trade lecturer. Fortunate to have been a teenager in the days when William F. Buckleys Firing Line was on television, he was able to learn his economics from the weekly appearances of economic geniuses like Milton Friedman, Arthur Laffer, and Walter Williams. It helped him resist the rampant Keynesian economics that ivy league professors shoveled at him in college!
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We on the right must fight back with education. We must show the public WHY the Dems' claim is both evil and counterproductive.
My attempt in this effort is in my Illinois Review column today, if you're interested, here:
Class warfare is right out of the Communist Manifesto.
Hey, Obama.....DNC.......hope you slimy asshats are proud to be so intertwined with the Communists.
You know.....the assholes I spent years standing against during my days in SAC, pulling nuclear alert during the Cold War...with a guaranteed suicide mission if “the big balloon” ever went up.
My God, why did I waste my time and so many years of my younger life.........
Please oba-mao, rob the rich, but start with Hollyweird first!
Thank you. You articulated the problem very well.
Now I might be able to straighten my one liberal “friend” out a bit.
Thanks, Basil! Let me know if your liberal friend understands it!!!
Do we cook the Golden Goose because it is easy to catch and we are hungry?
I’m weary of even having to explain why this leftist stuff is nuts.
You can shear a sheep many time but you can only skin it once. After they take all the rich people’s money, where are they going to get more?
If we were all equal under the law, we’d all pay the exact same amount in taxes.
Just keep in mind WHO our illustrious representatives listen to, you or me? They take ALL their marching orders from the buffets and gates. This is why the “non wealthy” are so eager to “stick it to the rich guys”. It was not the “non wealthy” that killed the banks and brought down wall street but who paid to fix it? I agree that we need to get off of this stomp on the rich kick but the rich need to step up to the plate and start assuming some responsibility for the destiny of this country and stop the raping and pillaging..
Thanks for listening, I feel better.. :)
We need to confiscate the wealth of rich ‘rats, like the Kennedys, Pelosi, Boxer, Buffet, Gates and Bronco.
But...but...but....if the money is taken from the ‘rich’, it can be used to create more jobs employing people in charge of distributing that money in a fair way to those individuals who need it, who in turn spend it, creating yet more jobs. Obama knows better than the ‘rich’ people. Social Justice Now!!!
Excellent explanation. Bookmarked.
Nice job with this column.
Thanks for posting.
Always walking. Always searching. All day. Relentless. The streets are emptier but the sidewalks busier. Shops boarded up. This is the environment of nothing.
An angry, demanding crowd at one corner relief agency, but they have nothing more to give. It has all been given, more has been given away than has ever existed.
You cannot give what you do not have, and you can no longer have what is no longer leeft to take.
A woman huddles on the curb and holds her child, probably dead, in desperate hope while plaintively watching those who pass by, her gaze is a beggar, no one looks at her. They have nothing, they have less than a corpse to thier names.
City Hall is all boarded up, but has become a shelter for the needy masses who will pick up and leave once the trash and stench of urine overwhelms them. There is a large crowd in the park next to the County Office, a loudspeaker has drawn them in. A lynching, or rather a semi-official hanging of an ex-businessman who has been declared guilty of the crime of going broke. The broke crowd screams hatred for blood.
He has become one of the needy masses, he was broken by the new confiscatory 90% tax rate. His greed merits death.
He is hung, the crowd disperses but their grim visages are not sated. The needy, demanding class has triumphed over the greed of those who once fed them.
Obamao is trying to establish communist manifesto in US.
Formerly Maoist China is encouraging formation of rich people. Peking and Shanghai EACH now have more millionaires than LA, CA.
The French Revolution is apparently our lot - stoked by the MarxoFascists.
it was a bloodbath - stoked with the hatred of “the rich” - but eventually- they slaughtered women, children and nuns - all to sate the bloodlust of all those they imagined benefitted from the death of times past.
I think the French Revolution bloodbath is going to be minor compared to what is just around the corner for us.
Because after the anarchy - came Napoleon. The difference this time, is that our Napoleons engineered this bloodbath about to ensue - because they already know what it leads to.
And they have paved the way, right under our noses.
He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’
Winston thought. ‘By making him suffer,’ he said.
Or warren Buffett....he hasn’t paid taxes in about 10 years..uh, his accountants are still figuring it out. Yeah, Warren.
You didn’t waste anything. You helped hold the tide back that much longer. That means a LOT to millions, and whether or not they know it doesn’t change that.
I don’t have liberal friends. I treat the former ones with derision. And I also let them know that when the SHTF, they are not welcome to seek help from me and mine. As in terminally not welcome...
I only know this woman from the Doggie Park. I think she’s the only liberal that ever comes there. Our town is at least 90% Conservative.
She’s really to be pitied for her health problems. I think she was born with one leg shorter than the other, which has caused both hip and knee problems. I think she has had those joints replaced through the years.
I don’t think she has many friends, but I’ve been told that she is a very good travel agent.
I’m Texan through and through—and she’s from Massachusettes. Just on that basis, we don’t have a lot in common. We are also of very different religions.
The Left doesnt have a destination in mind. They expect you to suffer without improvement. If anything, they want Americans to get worse. They wreck the economy so that unemployment leads to foreclosure; they wreck the market so that investments turn to bankruptcy, and savings turn to poverty. They wreck the government so that annual deficits lead to crippling, inescapable debt; they wreck the healthcare system so that sickness leads to death. There is no good reason to focus on suffering today. Yes, were a nation in debt. But that doesnt mean we need to suffer; it means we need to get to work!
Very informative article...and easy to understand.
BTW, My Dad used to watch Buckley every Sunday when I was a kid. I’m glad he did.
If we must all nobly share the sacrifice, how are the poor to share?
If we had a growth economy again, more people would become the hated rich.
class warfare keeps the classes focused on each other, not the effing politicians.
the soution is to get rid of all the poiticians causing the class warfare.
Robespierre probably didn’t know it would get him too
If I won the lotto tonight...
The feds are going to take about 30% before I even cash the check and deposit the money somewhere.
Since I don’t even know the extent of my ignorance about preserving my newfound wealth, I will have to hire people to advise me, and other people to make sure the people I hired are advising me honestly.
I will also need lawyers.
Not because I intend to do anything illegal, but because there are so many laws written to make sure I can’t just give money to my friends and family,or even random strangers without paying the feds even more from the same pot of money they have already taxed.
If I try to give my best friend a million dollars of my after tax cash, she will owe taxes on that.
And I will need to hire security guards.
Not because I will suddenly start doing dangerous things or frequenting dangerous areas, but because dangerous criminals will suddenly start targeting me, in ways I don’t even know exist.
I can’t just pay people I trust to do these things for me, since if I pay them, I have to pay employer taxes for paying them.
And workmans comp, social security, medicare etc.
So far I estimate a need of a minimum staff of twelve fulltime employees just to protect me from criminals and the IRS.
I’m already bitter, thinking about the amount of money that I would be forced to lose if I won the lotto.
I can’t imagine how angry I would be if I had actually earned great wealth by hard work.....
Fantastic and much needed article. Puts everything into perspective. Thanks for writing it. One of those articles that needs to be spread around.... I’ll look at your Illinois Review URL as well. We cannot ever begin to believe that we are the villains. Thanks again.
Not the same amount, the same percentage.
If the fruits of your labor are money and property, we should all work the same amount of time to fund the Government.
10% Flat Tax Bracket, you work 5.2 weeks a year, (36.5 Days) to earn the Taxes you pay, whether you are Rich or Poor.
That is the only “fair” solution, and it will never happen. The Tax Code is now the Punish Code, just as Voting is not a Right, it is Revenge.
The Commies have won without firing a shot...
Shut the limousine liberals up.
Call for a ‘wealth tax’. Ignore income and go after a percentage of their accumulated wealth.
Stock and bonds, yachts, planes, summer homes. About 10% ought to do it.
Only exemptions, primary residence, first $1m.
Watch ole’ Buffet, Gates, Reid, Pelosi, etc. scream.