It is also worth understanding that everybody will pay more for the goods and services provided by those evil corporate entities that will pay higher taxes. But, since that extra money you’ll be paying is not a tax, you won’t mind, will you?
“How can we slash funding for education and clean energy before we ask people like me to give up tax breaks we don’t need and didn’t ask for? It’s not fair.”
First, remember that “slash funding” doesn’t mean cutting it. It just means slowing the rate of increase.
The meaning of “fair” or “fair share” depends on what income group Obama is taking about. For anybody he considers wealthy, it means “more,” but there is no translation for how much more. If you ask the “tax the rich” advocates what is the maximum percentage of income government should confiscate from the wealthy, they will never answer you.
But for the nearly half of the population that doesn’t pay any income tax at all, “fair share” means they’re still “paying” too much.
There is a lot more, but you get the idea. It would be much more honest if the political class simply created a foreign language for debates like these. When they flip the meaning of familiar words on their heads, it almost seems like they’re trying to deceive us.
They wouldn’t do that, would they?
Taylor Armerding is a freelance columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org