Reagan on Progressive Taxation

Reagan on Progressive Taxation November 15, 2011

With several Republican candidates offering a flat tax and accusing anyone who supports progressive taxation of engaging in “class warfare” and trying to destroy “job creators” and thus increase unemployment, Rolling Stone provides a dose of reality from conservative hero Ronald Reagan:

The nation is still recovering from a crushing recession that sent unemployment hovering above nine percent for two straight years. The president, mindful of soaring deficits, is pushing bold action to shore up the nation’s balance sheet. Cloaking himself in the language of class warfare, he calls on a hostile Congress to end wasteful tax breaks for the rich. “We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share,” he thunders to a crowd in Georgia. Such tax loopholes, he adds, “sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary – and that’s crazy.”

Preacherlike, the president draws the crowd into a call-and-response. “Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver,” he demands, “or less?”

The crowd, sounding every bit like the protesters from Occupy Wall Street, roars back: “MORE!”

The year was 1985. The president was Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Mythology, meet reality.

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  • jeevmon

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – conservatives treat Reagan exactly the same way they treat Jesus. They worship both as the paragon of conservative values while ignoring things they may have said and done that are inconsistent with those values.

    Reagan is at least something of a closer match. Jesus would have been with the 99% in Zucotti Park.

  • Brownian

    C’mon, Reagan’s like Jesus: it doesn’t matter what he actually said; he’s always right and he always agrees with me, therefore I’m always right, even when I’m not. QED.

  • Brownian

    Sorry jeevmon. I didn’t see your comment until I clicked ‘submit’. So, er, I obviously agree.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Mythology, meet reality.

    It’s profoundly disturbing to consider that Ronald W. Reagan now stands for reality.

    Of course, he was a RINO.

  • fastlane

    I would love to see Obama get up in front of a large crowd of right wingers, read Regan’s speech at them, then pause for a moment while they react, booing and whatnot, then calmly say “Oh, sorry, wrong speech, that was Reagan’s speech.”

    Not sure it would matter, but the reactions should be good for at least a couple weeks’ worth of comedy.

  • Who Knows?

    I would love to see Obama get up in front of a large crowd of right wingers, read Regan’s speech at them…

    They would claim Obama went back in time and changed Reagan’s speech. You know, like he did with his birth certificate.

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