I recall I was about 5 years old when I gleefully exited the local grocery store with my mother, and upon entering the car, I quickly nestled myself into the front seat.
I recall I was about 5 years old when I gleefully exited the local grocery store with my mother, and upon entering the car, I quickly nestled myself into the front seat. With delicious anticipation I proceeded to boldly remove the shiny semi-metallic covering from a stick of Juicy Fruit gum that had only moments prior fortuitously come into my possession. Mother, however, was baffled by this acquisition, baffled that is, until she saw the rest of the gum package. So proud was she, of my resourcefulness, that she firmly grasped my right hand and in no time at all, standing before the store manager, I was afforded the opportunity to discuss my serendipitous bounty, and explain how exactly I came to possess such a fine collection of Juicy Fruit. Ever since that enlightening experience, my right arm has been one inch longer and you now know the origin of my permanent lean to the right. I remember at age five having an intense sense of right and wrong. Therefore, I can only assume that after surveying a sea of yellow gum, I must have concluded that the store owner had an overabundance and it was only fitting, no, it was social justice, that I should relieve him of some. Understandably, some will dismiss these opinions as the rantings of a wealthy doctor protecting his own self-interest. Besides correcting the fallacy that I am “wealthy” (financially) I would urge my detractors to consider three things: One, my conservative views predate my decision to pursue medicine by several years; two, I believe the principles and opinions of which I speak are the cause for any perceived success rather than the result of that success and three, the statistics I list below are not opinions, but fact. In a recent McClatchy-Marist poll, voters favored raising taxes on those making over $250,000 by a margin of 64 percent to 33 percent. Therefore, it should be no surprise that President Obama continues on his “soak the greedy rich” tour. Even more disturbing is a recent report from Fox Business that households in 2010 received more in support ($2.3 trillion) than they paid in taxes ($2.2 trillion). That’s right folks, the “fundamental change” the president has been hoping for has arrived. We are now officially a redistributive nanny state. Speaking to a group of students recently, the president explained his interpretation of the American dream, saying “I want to live in a society that is fair,” implying that it presently is not. Later he explained that “fair” means, “We can't just tell the wealthiest among us you don't have to do a thing, you sit there and relax and everybody else, we are going to solve the problem.” Well, let's review the facts. According to the National Taxpayers Union, In 2008 the top 1 percent ($380,000/yr) of wage earners paid 38.02 percent of all federal taxes. The top 5 percent ($159,619) paid 58.72 percent. The top 10 percent ($113,799) paid 69.94 percent. The top 25 percent ($67,280) paid 86.34 percent. Did you catch that? That’s right, 70 percent of the taxes are paid by 10 percent of the people, and 86 percent of the taxes are paid by 25 percent of the people. That leaves 14 percent to be paid by 28 percent of the people because, according to the Tax Policy Center, the remaining 47 percent pay no federal tax at all. However, the president wants still more from the “wealthy” because it is not yet “fair” enough. In a report by Clusterstock/Kleiner Perkins the total federal income tax for 2010 was $899 billion. We are running an annual national deficit of $1.3 trillion. Even if the taxes of everyone making over $159,000/year were doubled we still would run an annual deficit of $800 billion. A quote commonly ascribed to Alexander Tytler states, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (Juicy Fruit) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” Author Robert Heinlein put it more succinctly by saying, “A democracy is doomed once people begin voting for bread and circuses.” Or, in the case of Sen. Harry Reid, cowboy poetry. The president would like you believe that the “wealthy” don't “do a thing” and don't “solve the problems.” Rather than look for legitimate solutions to “solve the problems” he engages in the class war argument that if government could confiscate more money from the “wealthy,” he could make life “fair” and balance the budget. However, the statistical facts simply don't support his demagoguery. And the American dream he purports to want for everybody? That dream is founded on the principles of liberty and thus is incompatible with his egalitarian ideology. Alexis de Tocqueville said, “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks it in restraint and servitude.” So there it is, we now have 25 percent of the people paying 86 percent of the taxes, with 47 percent of the people paying no federal tax at all. Doubling taxes on those making over $159,000 a year (an idea that would crash the economy) would only raise an additional $500 billion which leaves us still running an $800 billion dollar annual deficit. The government now redistributes more money to homes than it receives from homes. And if that weren't enough we now must endure class war arguments by our president with demands of even more “Juicy Fruit” from the so called “wealthy.” We have arrived at the tipping point where the majority pay little or no federal tax and have the power of the vote to compel the minority to pay even more. Our problem is not revenue it is spending. This is how democratic and/or representative governments collapse. Congratulations, Mr. President. It appears you have realized your dream. I wish you had had my mother as she would have taught you what I learned at the age of 5, that if everybody takes the Juicy Fruit there will be none left, and the stores will be forced to close.