More Proof the Obama Administration Doesn’t Get It

Over at The Caucus, the (a?) political blog at The New York Times, is a quote from a recent Joe Biden speech.

“Wealthy people are just as patriotic as middle-class people, as poor people, and they know they should be doing more,” Mr. Biden said. “We’re not supposed to have a system with one set of rules for the wealthy and one set of rules for everyone else.”

For the love of pizza… Really? Later on the Times blog post says,

But aides to Mr. Obama are hoping that Mr. Biden’s speech will begin to shift the debate about taxes on the wealthy from an abstraction to one that focuses directly on Mr. Romney.

Mr. Obama’s aides hope to achieve that by using the term “Romney Rule,” which they believe will force Mr. Romney to acknowledge that opposing the president’s proposals would benefit him personally.

So the Obama administration is supporting this speech. Clearly the Obama administration does not get it.

First of all, if some wealthy people want to be patriotic and give more money to the U.S. government, no one is stopping them from doing so. They are free to write the IRS a bigger check than required. They are, as even a lowly schmoe like me was able to find out, free to send money as a gift to the U.S. Treasury. For those of you wealthy folks who missed my earlier comments on this, the address is:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782

If you think I am making this up, feel free to go to the U.S. Treasury’s own website and see for yourself. http://www.fms.treas.gov/faq/moretopics_gifts.html
Yep, that is a .gov web address.

The point here being that if some wealthy people want to give more money to the U.S. government, then they should do so without insisting on higher taxes. If this is really about patriotism and supporting the country, then stop making it about taking other people’s money. Because when you push for taxes, you are exactly making it about taking other people’s money. The desire to tax—i.e. force—other people to do something you apparently cannot be bothered to do voluntarily is not patriotism.

Second, if we are “not supposed to have a system with one set of rules for the wealthy and one set of rules for everyone else,” then why is the Obama administration pushing for exactly that? A “Buffet Rule” by its very definition is a different set of rules for the wealthy.

I wonder if these politicians even care about the duplicitous nature of the things that come out of their mouths. They are brazen about it. The more they talk, the more convinced I am that they believe the American people are idiots. And for some reason, we keep propping these politicians up. So long as they promise us something for nothing, apparently we don’t care about the lies they tell either. Maybe we are idiots.

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