Groveling Worship of Ignorance
By: Thomas E. Brewton
Liberals blindly worship their “scientific” doctrines concocted out of thin air by the high priests of socialism 200 years ago. Living in a utopian world, they simply ignore real-life experience.
Latest data from the IRS and other economic and statistical arms of the Federal government paint a picture that is the opposite of liberals’ theoretical expectations.
President John F. Kennedy’s most effective single policy initiative was his round of massive income-tax cuts in the early 1960s. Criticized by social-justice liberals for not raising taxes and doling out more welfare-state benefits, Kennedy famously retorted that a rising tide lifts all boats; everyone benefits when the level of economic activity rises and more jobs become available.
Kennedy’s tax cuts started a huge and long-lived uptrend in the nation’s economy. Twenty years later, tax cuts by President Ronald Reagan did the same thing, just as have the tax cuts initiated by the George W. Bush administration.
Wall Street Journal editorial board member Stephen Moore writes in his May 4, 2006, op-ed article that the Bush “tax cuts for the rich” not only have put the economy into high gear, but they have counter intuitively increased the tax burden on the wealthy and decreased the burden on the lowest income percentiles.
“Between 2002 and 2004, tax payments by those with adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of more than $200,000 a year, which is roughly 3% of taxpayers, increased by 19.4% — more than double the 9.3% increase for all other taxpayers.
Between 2001 and 2004 (the most recent data), the percentage of federal income taxes paid by those with $200,000 incomes and above has risen to 46.6% from 40.5%. In other words, out of every 100 Americans, the wealthiest three are now paying close to the same amount in taxes as the other 97 combined.”
“….Millionaires paid more, too. The tax share paid by Americans with an income above $1 million a year rose to 17.8% in 2003 from 16.9% in 2002, the year before the capital gains and dividend tax cuts.”
“…. capital gains receipts from 2002-04 have climbed by 79% after the reduction in the tax rate from 20% to 15%. Dividend tax receipts are up 35% from 2002 to 2004, even though the taxable rate fell from 39.6% to 15%.”
“….The main factor at play here is the robust economic expansion, which has led to real income gains for most tax filers. Higher incomes mean higher tax payments. Between 2001 and 2004, the percentage of Americans with an income of more than $200,000 rose from 12.0% to 14.2%. The percentage of Americans earning more than $50,000 a year rose from 40.8% to 44.2% — and that’s just in two years.”
“….The slice of the total income pie captured by the richest 1%, 5% and 10% of Americans is lower today than in the last years of the Clinton administration.”
“…. And we now have the evidence to confirm that the latest round of tax cuts worked — five million new jobs, a 25% increase in business spending, 4% real economic growth for three years and a $4 trillion gain in net wealth. So now the very class-warfare groups who, three years ago, swore that the tax cuts would tank the economy rather than revive it, pretend that this robust expansion would have happened without the investment tax cuts.”
“….Just last week, the Department of the Treasury released its tax receipt data for March 2006. Tax collections for the past 12 months have exploded by 14.4%. We are now on course for a two-year increase in tax revenues of at least $500 billion, the largest two-year increase in tax revenue collections after adjusting for inflation ever recorded.”
Liberals ability to ignore repeated factual confutation and continue in their fatuity is, to borrow H. L. Mencken’s comment about Puritanism, a form of neurosis. It borders on the heretical religiosity that led followers of cults like Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple to commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978.
The most fundamental dogma in the catechism of the socialist religion is the blind faith that human nature and human society can be perfected by the simple, materialistic mechanism of redistributing income as equally as possible. If everybody has an equal income, so the theory goes, all envy, greed, and aggression will vanish. We will then be able to enter the earthly paradise of Marxian Leninism in which the apparatus of government will slowly wither away, and all peoples will live in perfect harmony with plentiful supplies of all truly needed food, clothing, housing, medical care, education and jobs (assigned, of course, by the state planners).
This accounts for the never-ceasing yowling and mewling by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Democratic Party leaders about “tax cuts for the rich” and the income gap between the wealthiest and the poorest in our society.
In the interests of factuality, let’s remind ourselves that the dogma of human perfection via redistribution of income is a purely theoretical concept dreamed up by Jean Jacques Rousseau in the mid 1700s. Even he admitted that he had no proof, that no precedent for it existed in history. Nonetheless, his “reason” told him that it must have been true. Liberals, who never lose an opportunity to sneer at Christians and religious Jews as ignorant troublemakers, have no problem with believing with
all their hearts in Rousseau’s pie-in-the-sky heaven-on-earth.
What makes liberals’ blind faith all the more untenable is that large numbers of political leaders around the world have given socialistic egalitarianism a try, and all have failed. Not only has there been no progress in social harmony, but economic performance, supposedly the materialistic strong suit of liberalism, has declined or lagged behind non-socialistic nations in all cases.
Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal turned an ordinary economic recession into an unprecedented ten years of misery in which unemployment never fell below 14%. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society entitlements wrecked the economy with the highest levels of inflation ever experienced here and surges in unemployment, crime, drug use, illegitimacy, single-parent families, and long-term welfare dependency, together with collapse of the educational system.
France, the “rationalistic” home of socialism, has run through many more than a dozen different constitutions, at least five republics, restorations of monarchy, and several imperial interludes. Today France is the sick man of Europe, its government brought to its knees by unemployable students at the Sorbonne rioting in the streets. The nation that was the most powerful force on the Continent in the Christian era of its history is now being slowly strangled by its social-justice commitments to welfare-state benefits entitlements that its economy increasingly cannot support.
All this is the direct product of blasphemous groveling to the heretical idolatry of anti-Christian materialism.
Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. His weblog is THE VIEW FROM 1776 (www.thomasbrewton.com)
Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.