Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Heads Up, Middle Class

"you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody". So said our Dear Leader during the campaign last year to Joe the Plumber.

In today's WSJ, Teeing Up the Middle Class. It appears the middle class will get an opportunity to spread the wealth too.

The Obama advisers are laying the groundwork for taxing the middle class while claiming the deficit made them do it.
Democrats already plan to repeal the Bush tax cuts, but that won’t raise enough money. So they’re proposing an income tax surcharge on “the wealthy,” but that won’t raise enough either. Democrats have no choice but to soak the middle class because only they have enough money to finance the liberal dream of yoking the middle class to cradle-to-grave government entitlements.
...waiting in the wings is the biggest middle-class tax increase of them all: a European-style value added tax, or VAT. This tax would apply to every level of production or service, and it is beloved by politicians in Europe because it raises so much money so easily without voters noticing. Ezekiel Emanuel, a White House aide and brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has advocated a 10% VAT to finance national health care. Look for a VAT to be one of the prominent options when Mr. Obama’s tax reform commission issues its report later this year.

The undeniable reality is that you can’t run a European-style welfare-entitlement state without European-style levels of taxation on the middle class (and eventually without low European-style growth and high jobless rates). It’s looking more and more like Mr. Obama’s no-middle-class-tax pledge was one of the greatest confidence tricks in American political history.

A ten-percent VAT will add $3 to our Commie Obama Rally Cap. Don't let Obama get that $3 - buy yours today!

UPDATE Noon: Saw this cartoon at Townhall:

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