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In discussing Obama’s proposed tax plan, political hacks and candidates alike are taking up the silly accusation of a “socialist redistribution of wealth”. Well, regardless of my own personal point of view I feel the need to start each such conversation at the beginning: with facts.

In discussing Obama’s proposed tax plan, political hacks and candidates alike are taking up the silly accusation of a “socialist redistribution of wealth”. Well, regardless of my own personal point of view I feel the need to start each such conversation at the beginning: with facts. Such comments presupposes that our current taxing system is NOT a redistribution strategy. Point of fact: the modern tax code that has been in place for decades is a “progressive” tax code where the rich have always paid a higher percentage of tax than the poor… and the right wing of the republican party knows this.
Our progressive tax code has been in place well before and during the administrations of Reagan, Busch, Clinton and Busch. If Obama is a “socialist” for merely wanting to return to a different progressive taxing rate in place before Bush lowered taxes on the highest income brackets… then so are most of the elected officials of this country who passed progressive taxing legislation for decades. This argument is blatantly wrong as a matter of fact… and it is deliberately misleading. It is a huge disservice to America… at precisely the time when we need truth the most… that some are only interested in “scoring points” or “winning at all costs”.
We don’t solve the immense problems facing the country if we can’t have an honest discussion at the national level founded on an acceptance of the facts… facts which can be ascertained without much effort. It’s time for the right… and the left… in this country to abandon ideology and return to plain old common sense and reason. And, it time for the electorate to turn off the remote… get up from the couch… and make an effort to think about what they are being spoon fed by the powers that want to rule this country.