Arrogant Liberalism: The Elizabeth Warren Story
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Now, I’ll agree with her a bit on the first part about how we piled up a portion of our mountainous debt…. The second part about “Fair Taxation”… On the surface, this is a very “common sense” speech she makes. Talk about misinformation! Let’s dissect!
“You moved your goods to market on the road the rest of us paid for” – Exactly who is “the rest of us”? Let’s really analyze this a bit. The Factory Guy (we’ll call him Fred) builds a business and theoretically has a fleet of vehicles to move his products. This fleet of vehicles requires registration fees to be paid, which is used by the state to administer transportation infrastructure. When the fleet of vehicles fills up at the gas station, they are purchasing gasoline and paying taxes (that’s $0.18/gallon + 6% state sales tax and 1.25% county, plus additional local sales taxes and 1.2 cents per gallon state UST fee).
While Warren gets a nice hurump with her analogy, it’s completely misleading. It’s like Fred (the Factory Guy) doesn’t pay the same taxes that everyone else does.
“You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate” – Again with the whole “rest of us” nonsense. I really would like to know who “the rest of us” actually refers to, especially about education. Since the vast majority of school districts receive their funding from property taxes, she can’t possibly be referring to folks who live in apartments and don’t own their own property. Of course, she doesn’t mention that, does she. It’s an ugly truth, but if you don’t own real property, your kids are getting a free ride!
So, who exactly, besides Fred (the Factory Guy) and other property owners are paying to educate the folks that Fred hires?
“… because the police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for” – More of “the rest of us” going on here. Again, Fred (the Factory Guy) must not have ever had to pay property taxes. Furthermore, when Fred applied for building permits and paid tens of thousands of dollars to the city where he built his factory, none of that money went to pay for city workers such police?
“You didn’t have to worry about marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory and hire someone to protect against this because of the work the rest of us did” – “the rest of us” do a whole lot and Fred (the Factory Guy) doesn’t do anything except for make widgets and hoard profits I guess. First, anyone who has a factory is going to have a security company that they hire to protect their business. Anyone who has ever owned a business and called the police about something suspicious knows that unless guns are blazing NOBODY is showing up at your business for at least 30 minutes. Businesses employ the services of companies that provide alarm services as well. So businesses do hire people to protect their business outside of “the rest of us”.
I’m really interested in knowing what “the rest of us” did to help Fred that Fred didn’t pay for.
What’s even more astonishing about this video are the responses that are showing up on YouTube and the people who are buying into this rhetoric. There is nothing accurate about her fair taxation speech. She either didn’t think things through to understand what the sources of revenue are, or she made a highly calculated choice to misinform and misguide her constituents to rouse the folks she was speaking to.