My parents raised me to believe in and practice the Golden Rule, and they always told me that if I couldn't say something nice to someone, it's probably best that I don't say anything at all. Conversely, they also told me to tell that kid who bullied me in the third grade to go suck an egg, and if he laid a finger on me, that I had carte blanche to deck him accordingly. I have a mean right hook, FYI.
What I learned from these youthful lessons is that there's a time and a place to be polite, but then there's also a time to tell people to, well, go suck an egg. And in the case of what Charles Lane wrote about in the Washington Post, I would like very much to tell the Blue States of my United States of America to GO SUCK AN EGG.
Here's what Lane wrote about tax breaks blue states get, while they simultaneously (and hypocritically, I might add) complain about how the rich aren't taxed ENOUGH:
"What’s the least defensible special break in the U.S. tax code? With so many distortions to choose from, it’s hard to name just one. If forced to pick, I might say the deduction for state and local taxes, which cost $67 billion in fiscal 2011, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
This one overwhelmingly benefits upper-income households in a handful of upper-income states, while rendering the entire nation’s finances less transparent.
...Two states, California and New York, reaped almost 30 percent of the deduction’s value in 2009, the latest year for which I could find Internal Revenue Service data. Other states that benefit disproportionately include Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland."
Weirdly enough, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi want to desperately hang on to these tax breaks. Interesting how that works, isn't it?
Here's the best part:
Basically, what we have is a significant federal tax subsidy for “blue” state governments. These also happen to be the states having the most difficulty living within their means, what with their expensive urban school systems, bloated pension liabilities and all. Yet they have an incentive to close their budget gaps by raising income taxes rather than reining in spending, because the deduction helps them pass the tab to other states, most of them red.
Again - that's just ODD, isn't it? I mean, if it wasn't odd, then we'd all have to come to grips with the fact that all of those Democrats screaming "TAX THE RICH!!!!!! WAAAAAAH!!!" are just a bunch of entitled, whiney hypocrites who enjoy living high on the hog off of the hard-working and overburdened backs of, well, RED FREAKIN STATES. A tough pill for those Occubot drones to swallow, huh?
So, in response to this Democrat resistance to be taxed in the manner that they want everyone else to be taxed, I say, simply, UP YOURS, BLUE STATES. It's time to pay the piper, you hypocritical jackwagons.
And I hope and pray that the Republicans pounce on this and make it so they have to do just that. I won't hold my breath, but I will definitely not just sit back and not say anything at all.
Sorry Mom and Dad. :-)