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Two Americas? Just who are we talking about, here?
As Roberts noted in his opinion for the court in NFIB v. Sebelius, “It does not apply to individuals who do not pay federal income taxes because their household income is less than the filing threshold in the Internal Revenue Code. For taxpayers who do owe the payment, its amount is determined by such familiar factors as taxable income, number of dependents, and joint filing status.”
So what’s that mean?
“It’s less a tax or a penalty than it is a principle–which is you can’t be a freeloader on other folks when it comes to your health care, if you can afford it,” [Obama said]
Ah. …So who’s a “freeloader”?
Because transfer payments are, in effect, the opposite of taxes, it makes sense to look not just at taxes paid, but at taxes paid minus transfers received. For 2009, the most recent year available, here are taxes less transfers as a percentage of market income (income that households earned from their work and savings):
Bottom quintile: -301 percent
Second quintile: -42 percent
Middle quintile: -5 percent
Fourth quintile: 10 percent
Highest quintile: 22 percent
Top one percent: 28 percent
The negative 301 percent means that a typical family in the bottom quintile receives about $3 in transfer payments for every dollar earned.
It is a divided America. But the Us -vs- Them is not the classic “haves tryin’ to keep the have-nots from having what the haves have,” it’s not the Poor Victimz -vs- the Evil Oppressors, it’s not even the RedTeam -vs- BlueTeam. The division is between The People and Teh Gov’t.
Obobo told us that in his “you didn’t build that” moment.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.
Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
["Truth Team" (formerly Attack Watch) ] then explains: “The President’s full remarks show that the ‘that’ in ‘you didn’t build that’ clearly refers to roads and bridges–public infrastructure we count on the government to build and maintain.”
So if it wasn’t the businesses and the taxpayers who built “that” — the roads and infrastructure upon which our Economy and Civilization depends — Whoinhell do you think it was ?
And what about the gal who made your coffee and the fella who put a cap on your aching molar and the guy who dry cleans your suits and …and …and?
The Point of this country has always been We The People, who hire individuals among us to do particular jobs — gov’t jobs — to be the sheriff and keep the rowdy cowboys under control and scare the bad guys away. Fire crews to be always at the ready in the wood-built towns. A road crew to put stones down and keep the dust and the mud to a minimum in town — an to make trading between towns faster and easier. And sheriffs with bigger territories to keep down the highway banditry. An Army to defend the borders and Marines to defend trade from mauraders. We The People got together, pooled our resources and decided to hire someone to handle these jobs. Not that we were incapable of handling those jobs; but that it is more efficient to have one person in handle the issue instead of each individual spending time and resources redundantly.
No, Sir: The People built those bridges and roads, hired those teachers — to further their own Common Good.
Unfortunately, The People spent too much time pursuing their own happiness and not enough time keeping a watchful, employer’s eye on our hirelings.
Now those hirelings seem to think they are an entity unto themselves, independent of The People from whom they derive their power and their very sustenance.
They seem to think that they are smarter and wiser than their Bosses. They seem to think that — “for Our Own Good” — they must tell We The People how to live, how to conduct our Pursuit of Happiness, even what to eat.
No doubt they’ve got the bit in their teeth and are running amok. It ain’t a’gonna be easy to fire them — each and every one — especially those in the Shadow/Regulatory part of the Gov’t.
And the best place to start is locally.
As a man I admire has said: November is Coming.