The president outlined a tax increase he’s calling the Buffett Rule, or something silly, which loots more from the rich, richer and richest Americans. It’s a tax hike he says is necessary to pay for his American Jobs Act, also know as the next Keynesian failure to not convince leftists that Keynes was wrong.
President Obama is selling it by saying if we don’t take more from the rich, then grandma isn’t going to have Medicare anymore.
It comes down to this: We have to prioritize. Both parties agree that we need to reduce the deficit by the same amount — by $4 trillion. So what choices are we going to make to reach that goal? Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or we’re going to have to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare. We can’t afford to do both.
Either we gut education and medical research, or we’ve got to reform the tax code so that the most profitable corporations have to give up tax loopholes that other companies don’t get. We can’t afford to do both.
The above quote is a great example of the False Dilemma, “also called false dichotomy, the either-or fallacy, fallacy of false choice, black-and-white thinking or the fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses.”
The fact is, there are other options besides raising taxes or cutting off Grandpa’s diabetes medicine. The president’s premise is flawed.
Republicans have noted it, but have focused more on the methods the president is using in getting his message to Americans. It pits the people against the rich, or as another put it, the proletariat against the bourgeoisie.
Obama is targeting a class, in this case the upper-upper class, and saying to another class, “They are not doing as much as you. They need to do more.”
It’s classic class warfare.
Obama goes further by stoking the embers of jealousy in the poor and middle classes to help pass a tax on the rich.
ABC News decided they would get to the bottom of this, and since they are an unbiased party in the matter, went to Columbia University and interviewed liberal economist Joseph Stiglitz. Only, they didn’t note that he is an advocate for leftist economics, just that he’s a “Nobel prize winner in economics and professor at Columbia University.”
This is know as an Appeal to Authority:
What’s interesting is the authority ABC News contacted didn’t even speak the to tactics Obama was under fire for using. He spoke to the act of raising the taxes on the rich and then engaged in a little, you guessed it, class warfare:
“It’s not class warfare to ask everyone in the country to pay their fair share. To say the wealthy have taken advantage of their political position and have not paid their share of taxes is not class warfare. It’s a statement of fact,” Stiglitz told ABC News. “The fact is they are paying lower taxes and most Americans think this is unjust and unfair. Tax loopholes don’t just appear out of thin air. They are the result of big political investments that rich people have particularly made to get tax preferences.”
Now, I don’t want to go into the fact that Stiglitz engaged in class warfare while denying Obama’s overt class warfare when there is another logical fallacy staring you right in the face.
It’s the Appeal to Popularity, or Argumentum ad populum, made when Stiglitz says, “The fact is they are paying lower taxes and most Americans think this is unjust and unfair.”
Most Americans think the rich aren’t paying enough taxes, therefore, their taxes are too low.
However, facts are stubborn things and are not swayed by the effects of class warfare:
On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.
The 10 percent of households with the highest incomes pay more than half of all federal taxes. They pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
That’s for the Associated Press, not a bastion of conservative thought, by any means.
The left is using a series of logical fallacies to convince the masses that the evil rich are simply hoarding their riches and if they would only pay their “fair share,” then America would rebound out of this fiscal nightmare we find ourselves in today.
They are in a desperate situation, what with their policies and programs being the main reason our economy is in the toilet in the first place. Obama hopes to rally his base to his cause, which isn’t passing a tax on the rich.
It’s his reelection.
This tax increase has been introduced as squashed before during Obama’s presidency. He knows it doesn’t have a chance. But this time, it’s not about passing it. It’s about painting the Republicans as the party of the rich, and the Democrats, but more importantly Obama, as the defender of the everyman.
And he doesn’t care if he has to be illogical to do it.
Linked at The Other McCain. Thanks, Stacy.
Quoted and linked at Newsbusters. Thanks, Rusty.