For decades, Republicans have seen through the Democratic party’s calls to “tax the rich,” or tax only the highest wage earners in the United States. In fact, Republicans have long accused Democrats of wanting to tax the middle classes as well, if not more.
Democrats have rarely offered a valid defense to these claims. They’ve often deflected by arguing that they, not the Republican Party, have always been the party of the everyman and woman.
Yet, the old argument has persisted.
Bidenomics and Taxing the Population
Even as President Joe Biden has insisted that his tax policies will only affect people earning $400,000 per year or more, Republicans have been suspicious that tax increases cannot possibly be confined only to the categories that Biden and the Democrats have said they would, and, let’s face it, while $400,000 is a lot of money, in today’s economy, it’s not truly wealthy.
Enter Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to inadvertently reveal the true intentions of the Democrats.
According to AOC, Democrats want to tax people making $250,000 or more!
Again, that sounds like a lot of money to many people. And most of you would be happy to make that much. I know I would be. But, once more, in today’s economic environment, that’s really not rich.
Democrats have insisted that they’d only tax the rich. At no point in this discussion, however, have Democrats seriously discussed taxing the billionaires or even the penta millionaires (those making $5 million per year).
Just going off history, by the way, Democratic Party tax policies are rarely ever felt by the wealthy. A 2021 study by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) found that many Democratic Party tax hikes are rarely felt by the penta millionaires and billionaires.
Taxes are disproportionately felt by the middle class, a group that is unable to move its money around the way that the truly wealthy can, in order to avoid paying higher taxes.
In a rare moment of honesty, AOC is showing how her party is not the party of the everyman and woman. The Democrats are clearly raising taxes that they know will never be paid for by the truly wealthy people of America and are instead quietly expecting the middle class to pay for it.
This explains why there are greater numbers of wealthy people who vote Democratic today than there are Republicans.
The wealthy have bought the loyalty of the DNC, which will then insulate them from the Left’s seemingly endless quest to hike taxes on anything that moves, thereby making the middle class pay the taxes—and essentially making the middle-class American Dream less unattainable with each generation.
The Democratic Party’s obsession with raising taxes, coupled with the wealthy’s co-optation of the party, ensures that the American middle class will never thrive.
AOC says they should tax Americans making $250,000 or more.
In fact, the taxes will be felt by those making $40,000 or more. How the Republicans have been unable to beat the Democrats with policies as kooky as the Democrats’ is the truly amazing component of this sad and sordid tale.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor and an energy analyst at the The-Pipeline, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert occasionally serves as a Subject Matter Expert for various organizations, including the Department of Defense. He can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon. He writes opinion pieces from a Conservative perspective.
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