I wrote an article July 19th entitled “Rights vs. Privileges: An example of words as a weapon in the hands of judges” and we have yet another example, but this time the weapon is in the hands of a legislator.
Did you know that in America it is apparently a privilege to be a millionaire? That’s right, according to at least on Democrat politician you have no right to work hard and succeed beyond a point determined by our elite ruling political class – the oligarchy.
According to a story in theblaze.com,
During a Monday broadcast of CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) stopped by to discuss the difference between the Republican and Democrat approach to the Bush-era tax cuts.
“To be a millionaire in this country, it is the greatest country the world has known. It is a privilege. And I think most people get that. You work hard, you get ahead, make a living and you contribute back to this country and make it a better country,” he said.
I think it is critical that Americans begin to understand the mindset of collectivist politicians because it is revealing and dangerous. As I have written many times before when things are determined to be privileges instead of rights then they can be controlled, infringed, usurped and just confiscated at any time and for any reason.
When a collectivist Democrat talks about “giving back to the country” they don’t mean what most of us mean. He means government confiscating the wealth you had the temporary privilege to earn and use in order to give back to the country in the way he sees fit. You and I know the truth of our American freedom and law – our governing philosophies.
We give back to the country during our rise to success and after we achieve our success. Forget percentages. Millionaires pay dramatically more in taxes than do the middle and lower socioeconomic levels. They pay far more in sales taxes by buying far more expensive things. They pay far more in every kind of tax there is in America – gas taxes, utility taxes, and property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes and capital gains taxes – everything. They employ far more people.
And even all of that is irrelevant because it is not the legitimate function of our legislators to decide who needs to give back what and how much to our country. It is wholly inappropriate and out of line for Representative Crowley to say what he said on CNN, and very dangerous.