Does Sacrifice Include the Elite Establishment?

The video below is from a small business owner fed up with the meaningless grandstanding and political debauchery that characterizes Washington.  While it is conjecture to claim that he speaks for most Americans, it is common sense to assume that he represents the small business owner.  Consequently, he represents the ideals of America: incentive, ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and persistence.   He raises the “bullshit flag” on President Obama’s call for mutual “sacrifice.”  It is good to hear Americans speaking out!

Video originally found on Monty Pelerin’s World .  Thanks Monty!

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About Jeremiah Dow
I have a B.S. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in Economics. I finished school in 2010 and am currently working on independent research in various areas including political and economic philosophy, government, and history. I am also currently looking for work in research, particularly the social sciences dealing with public policy work. I aspire to a top-level graduate institution, but would first prefer some professional research experience. Some of my primary influences are Ayn Rand, Noam Chomsky, and Howard Zinn among others.

3 Responses to Does Sacrifice Include the Elite Establishment?

  1. Matthew says:

    Taxing the wealthy reigns in the monied interest’s influence on government by shifting the tax burden to the wealthy.

    Providing health care and welfare to poor people (Wage earners) in times when the wealthy have literally raped the system for everything its worth, is essential. Welfare, education, healthcare are a means of helping WAGE EARNERS keep our heads above water long enough to reach shore. That is unless you run us over with your wave runner.

    Cutting entitlements will kill social mobility. And don’t start in with that incentive BS, the incentive to work was killed off long ago when conservatives placed the tax burden on wage earners and cut taxes for the wealthy.

    And stop calling the wealthiest one percent “JOB CREATORS” taxing job creators is a good thing, because the only jobs they are creating are for people in developing countries-because people like you outsource labor to Taiwan.

    And no, I haven’t owned a business, I just provided security in Iraq as a Soldier so rich men could profit off of my sweat and blood.

    Quit your bitchin’ and pay your damn taxes, or do something about it- like maybe-fighting for a progressive tax system, inheritance tax, capital gains tax-and progressive taxation. When wage earners have more money we spend it. When we spend money this increases sales and production which means more jobs, and more money, for businesses.

    Sorry for being aggressive about this Jeremiah, but I am really sick of this neocon bullshit. Every week I hear more crap about how poor people are being lazy. These were working people in the Clinton years, and now we are unemployed-and this is OUR FAULT? All those people who lost their jobs over the last ten years who were over taxed by a regressive tax policy, and then called lazy and stupid want to be on welfare?

    Dude, you are way off here. And if this guy in the video is pulling 250K a year in this economy, he deserves to be paying more taxes than the cop who pulls $26K a year. If you don’t like it, then fight for change, like taxing Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, and The heirs to the Johnson&Johnson fortune.Then give this guy a tax break along with the fire fighter, Police Officer and Government Employee. Otherwise screw him.

    • Jeremiah Dow says:

      You’re missing the bigger picture here. You’re assuming that any tax increases will actually be used efficiently. You’re assuming that they won’t stifle new job creation, taxing much of the small business community that does provide the jobs we’ve lost, while still leaving the wealthiest Americans alone. You’re equating the wealthiest of Americans who should be paying more taxes with the small business owner who had has his legs chopped off and is simply unable to hire because of costs imposed by the government

      More fundamentally, you’re assuming that there is actually a substantial difference between the Republicans and Democrats. I’ve told you before and I’ll say it again. Both parties are responsible for this, and consequently, neither are willing to fix it. Any major reforms coming out of Washington, including tax increases which will likely come out of the “Super Congress” will kill any chance at a recovery, while our government will continue to spend more money and drive our economy into the dirt. Taxes will likely be increased, but they will not be increased for the elites. The small business owners who create a substantial amount of employment will be targeted while the top 1% will go on their merry way. You know this, We’ve discussed this. The problem isn’t (neo)conservative versus liberal. It’s the fact that our government has grown far too large and crowds out the private sector. Money can be printed, but that doesn’t create wealth. Wealth is created through jobs and a growing economy. Our government stifles both.

      I don’t know what sources you’re getting your information from, but I’m guessing its mainstream media. Stop buying into their smoke and mirrors. You’re smarter than that. Find some alternative media outlets and stop thinking in diametrically opposed ideologies like conservative versus liberal. This is why the American people are so confused. I’ve told you where I get my information from. Start there, otherwise you’re likely not to like much of what I have to say. We agree on the very basic principles of a free-market, but remember that America has never had a free-market. Start with that assumption, and you will be on your way.

      Cheers

  2. Tax the rich. Tax the rich? Tax the rich??

    Can we stop this nonsense? Please?

    When you so-called ‘tax the rich’ equality is not created. Equality is already present. Taxing the rich creates inequality. 1- The so-called ‘poor’ won’t have to work for what they expect. (ie: Greece, etc.) 2- The so-called ‘rich’ lose incentive to manufacture or hire. For that matter, those who are in business (and a great many of them are not ‘rich’ would be motivated more toward downsizing than upsizing (hiring).

    Translation: Those with dough will keep their dough. But that is common sense.
    Note: An explanation of the translation will take many more words, but i think it should be self-explanatory.

    oh yeah the major pain said that

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