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Who Are the Rich? By: Phil Brennan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, July 31, 2002

It was a strategy widely used by the Marxist-Leninists in the Soviet Union — the divide-and-conquer tactic of turning class against class. As a result of this state-sponsored class warfare, millions of Russians whose only crime was having a few more material goods than their neighbors, faced firing squads or short brutalized lives in Siberian prison camps. Millions more whose crime was running independent farms — the so called Kulaks* — were simply eliminated by starvation decreed by the Kremlin (and their murders covered up by ...you guessed it...the New York Times).

The strategy survives, being kept alive and well today by the National Socialist Democrat Party (NSDP) which learned its lessons well from the ruthless and demagogic acolytes of Marxism who used it so successfully to enslave a large part of the world in the 20th century, while posing as a champion of the common people against the "oppressive rich" (anybody, that is, who owned anything).

The NSDP relies on class warfare to further their goal of creating a socialist order here in the United States and their principal weapon in their war against the productive segment of the population, which is responsible for taking America to the pinnacle of power and financial success by virtue of their labor and determination to make a better life for themselves, is the manipulation of federal tax system and their ability to tell monstrous lies about that system.

As David Horowitz notes in his informative book, How to Beat the Democrats — And Other Subversive Ideas, the NSDP portrays the Republican Party as the party of the rich who care "more about themselves than those left behind."

And they get away with it, Horowitz explains, because the NSDP has "rigged the game before it starts. Through their control of Congress, Democrats designed the tax code to make it an unfair system of economic plunder. Under their code, the harder you work and the more jobs you create, the more you are taxed. Under their code the bottom 50 percent pay only 5 percent of the government bill for services they are more likely to use." (Guess for whom these people are expected to vote, out of gratitude.)

As a result of this NSDP-rigged system, whenever the GOP tries to provide a fair shake for every taxpayer, the tax cut is "maliciously" pictured as a tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of the poor.

Howowitz goes on to note that a tax refund for the very rich does not affect their lives at all, that not a single member of the super-rich will be able to buy a yacht, pay for a vacation or an education that he couldn't have easily afforded before he got his tax cut.

"He can already pay for all that without the refund," Horowitz writes. "Think about it — he's rich."

Horowitz emphasizes the obvious fact that what a tax cut really does for those in the upper income brackets is to increase their ability to invest — in other words, the ability to create jobs and wealth for all Americans, a direct result of those who invest their capital.

But since understanding this factor of economic life requires a knowledge of the "dreary science" of economics few Americans possess, the NSDP has been able to create the perception that an across-the-board tax cut is an unfair giveaway to the "'haves' as opposed to the 'have nots.'" This, he adds, creates "a pool of resentment and envy — powerful emotions — that Democrats convert into a political force."

The force? Marx and Lenin's class warfare.

Arizona's Republican Senator Jon Kyl, a courageous foe of the federal tax code, and one of the American taxpayer's greatest champions had this to say in his "The Truth About Taxes," written last February.

While noting that "to most people outside of Washington reducing taxes is a welcome idea ... for various reasons, special interests and their friends in Congress will go to great lengths to stop tax cuts, pinning their hopes to any number of faulty arguments that might accomplish that aim."

Opponents of tax cuts — the NSDP which needs your taxes to keep themselves in power by bribing their voters with costly government programs — deviously imply that tax relief is inherently selfish, because tax cuts imperil the funding of important Washington programs or threaten the future of Social Security even though "income tax cuts have no impact on the financial health of Social Security, which is funded through payroll taxes automatically deducted from workers' paychecks."

These shamefully deceptive distortions, however, "pale in comparison to their most cherished attack: that Republican tax cuts unfairly favor the wealthy," Kyl charged, adding that " we've heard this one before. It is the same shopworn charge Democrats made against Ronald Reagan's tax cuts in 1981 — a myth they still cling to as the years have passed."

Kyl recalls that the NSDP's Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle "recycled that very charge against President Bush [in Januray, 2002], declaring that Republicans 'have one unchanging, unyielding solution that they offer for every problem: tax cuts that go disproportionately to the most affluent.' Adding cryptically that 'Democrats support tax cuts that work,' Daschle then blamed the 2001 tax cuts, most of which had not yet kicked in, for creating deficits, jeopardizing Social Security, prolonging an economic recession, and a host of other evils. "

Daschle's colleague, House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt joined in the chorus of deception, calling the Bush tax cuts "biased" and "not fair" to the middle class, while Senator Ted Kennedy warned he would oppose "another round of irresponsible tax breaks for special interests and the wealthy."

Noting that "President Bush's 2001 tax cut was geared to help the middle class (saving an average family of four making $50,000 a year nearly 50 percent in taxes), Kyl asked "Are the Democrats right in arguing that tax cutting has favored the wealthy while leaving a disproportionate tax burden on everyone else?"

Kyl cites "information given to Congress' Joint Economic Committee by the IRS," as proving that the answer to that question is "no."

  • The wealthier the American, the greater the proportion of taxes he or she pays. In 1999, for example, the top one percent of all wage earners earned 19.5 percent of all adjusted gross income reported to the IRS, yet they paid 36.2 percent — or more than one-third — of all federal income taxes. Put another way, the top 1 percent of taxpayers on average pay double their proportion of taxes compared to what they actually earn.
  • Similarly, the top 5 percent of wage earners made just a third of all income reported to the IRS, but paid more than half of all federal taxes collected by Uncle Sam. Overall, the top 25 percent of wage earners in this country pay more than 83 percent of all federal income taxes, while earning 66 percent of all income.
  • Did Ronald Reagan's tax cuts in 1981 give the rich a free ride? Not according to the IRS. The top one percent are paying a higher share of income taxes now than they did then — 36 percent today versus 19 percent in 1981. The top five percent of taxpayers similarly saw their share of taxes rise from 43 percent in 1981 to more than 55 percent as of 1999.
"If there is good news from these statistics, it's that wealthy Americans aren't benefiting unfairly while the middle class is hit by taxes," says Kyl "The bad news is that all Americans are getting squeezed by a tax system that drains too many dollars from family budgets."


The moral of this lesson: the NSDP "shouldn't add insult to such injury by being dishonest with the facts. If they think Washington deserves a bigger share of tax dollars, they should say so, rather than trying to turn their lust for dollars into a groundless declaration of class warfare."

NOTE: I've been asked if my use of the initials NSDP is a veiled allusion to that other former National Socialist bunch, the National Socialist Democratic Workers Party (NSDAP) or, Nazi, for short. Why perish forbid, how can anyone suggest I'd do such a thing? (giggle)

*Class Warfare, Soviet Style — The Hang the Kulaks order of 11-8-18:

"Send to Penza To Comrades Kuraev, Bosh, Minkin and other Penza communists

"Comrades! The revolt by the five kulak volost's must be suppressed without mercy. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, because we have now before us our final decisive battle "with the kulaks." We need to set an example.

You need to hang (hang without fail, so that the public sees) at least 100 notorious kulaks, the rich, and the bloodsuckers.

Publish their names.

Take away all of their grain.

Execute the hostages — in accordance with yesterday's telegram.

"This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out: let's choke and strangle those blood-sucking kulaks.

"Yours, Lenin

"P.S. Use your toughest people for this."

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He can be reached at pvb@pvbr.com

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