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Friday, August 19, 2005

A FEW SIMPLE WORDS

Mike Taylor provides us this valuable commentary:

Language is a funny thing.

Every now and then, someone will utter a phrase that summarizes their philosophy. The phrase may have no direct bearing on a person’s outlook on life but a few short, simple words can communicate an entire spectrum of ideas.

For example, what can we learn about a person who said:

“Veni, vidi, vici.”?

Those three words say a lot about Gaius Julius Caesar, don’t they?

What can we tell about Abraham Lincoln’s outlook when he said “a government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth…”?

And I think we can all understand a great deal of how Bill Clinton’s mind works when he said:

“It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”

This morning I was half-listening to the Don Imus Show, pre-occupied as I was with my ongoing research in the field of perfecting espresso. (Today’s experiment: Espresso Vivace Dolce beans that were roasted in Seattle on August 16th.) Frank Rich, a regular columnist in the New York Times was opining on a broad variety of topics. At the moment I was evaluating crema production as determined by granularity I heard Mr. Rich tell Mr. Imus, something to the effect of…

“Cindy Sheehan is not that well understood by Americans who are just concerned with collecting their tax cuts…”

It struck me that Mr. Rich was summarizing the ultra-liberal philosophy of government with that last phrase: …”collecting their tax cuts…”.

To me, Mr. Rich was implying that the tax cuts instituted by George W. Bush are somehow government largesse. That tax cuts are some crazy giveaway/takeaway scheme dreamed up by conservatives to get votes. Mr. Rich seemed to imply that there is some moral laxity in wanting tax cuts… that tax cuts make Americans less understanding… perhaps more self-centered.

I have news for Mr. Rich, if his web browser ever comes across these words, and I will put them in loud caps so that he can hear them:

TAXES ARE TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE EARNINGS OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. TAX RELIEF IS NOT A GOVERNMENT HANDOUT PROGRAM. WANTING TO KEEP MORE OF YOUR EARNINGS IS NATURAL AND, IN FACT, PRODUCES MORE SOCIAL GOOD THAN GOVERNMENT EVER CAN.

In a few, simple words Mr. Rich has communicated the philosophy of the left wing. Your earnings do not belong to you, they belong to the government. The very idea that you would want to keep more of your own money is morally wrong. The government knows better than you and can spend your money more effectively than you. To deprive the government of tax revenue is to deprive society of all the good that government does.

The Left wants you believe that if you want to keep more of the money you earn, you’re a stupid, selfish, heartless bastard.

There is an overused label that fits Mr. Rich’s philosophy, that label is “socialist”.

Mr. Rich, if the Federal government were starving for money to provide for the basic defense of this country, to provide assistance to those who can not help themselves or to provide infrastructure that would make all Americans better off I might agree with you that tax cuts aren’t a good thing.

But I don’t think that the Federal Government is lacking funds to do those things. In fact, I think the Federal government still has too much of my money. We don’t need yet another building in West Virginia named after Robert C. Byrd. We don’t need a $230 million bridge in Alaska connecting Gravina Island (population: 50) with the Alaskan mainland. And we certainly don’t need to spend $1.2 billion (yes, BILLION) to renovate the United Nations building in Manhattan.

Sadly, I don’t think that Mr. Rich is ever going to understand that by letting people keep more of their own money we are going to make more Americans better off. No, Mr. Rich doesn’t trust you with your own earnings. He thinks that Robert C. Byrd has better uses for it.

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