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It's That Old "Other People's Money" Thing Again


Free community college—that’s right—free.  Why stop there, honestly, if the idea is that everyone “deserves” an education that goes as far as they want it to.  I guess the President has once again, this time in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, made it clear that he thinks the taxpayers should foot the bill for all education.  All of it. 

            But who among those of us who pay taxes should bear that burden; what segment of the population is the proper target for Obama’s publically funded largess?  Well that’s a tough one.  He claims that he wants taxes to go down on the “middle class” and that he  wants a true “fair share” paid by the rich.  There are two problems with that Pablum.  First it suggests that the top of the earnings pyramid do not shoulder a burden for tax payments consistent with their earnings.  Second, he presupposes to know who and what the “middle class” really is.

            Ben Shapiro, writing at Breitbart today, sets out some of those stubborn facts to which President Adams referred a couple of centuries ago, as follows:

The top 1% of taxpayers pay 37% of federal tax revenue; the top 5% pay 59%.  The bottom 50% of taxpayers pay 2.25%.

The President was not to be dissuaded by facts or the reality of the way folks succeed in making their way in this grand experiment; he insisted that, no matter what success people may have from working hard and making sacrifices, taxpayer money must help them make it easier.  Now there is no way to identify why he and his progressives think this way, but I’d wager a bet that it has lots more to do with control and the growth of the state than anything touching on his and their overwhelming altruism toward their fellow citizens.  For example, when extolling the virtues of a Wisconsin couple who worked hard and got their college education, now enjoying the fruits of their efforts, here is what he had to say:

First — middle-class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. That means helping folks afford childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement — and my budget will address each of these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year.  –

So he tells us all we need to know about the way these folks think.  When he makes mention of “childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement. . .” what he’s telling you is that “helping” in the end is to be at the expense of someone else—and that means raising taxes on those people he miscast in the earlier quote as not paying “their fair share.”  But as we can see, they pay almost 60% all taxes at the federal level. 

            Margaret Thatcher pointed out that socialism works until “you run out of other people’s money.”   

Well Mr. President, guess you’re getting there.

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