Obama’s Tax Cuts: The Sucker at the Table
Your future for a narrative.
December 14, 2012 - 9:27 am
Socialism is not just about stealing your money; it’s also about manipulating you into praising the thieves as your saviors. You are expected to feel good about being robbed of opportunities, talents, and success.
You must agree that “you didn’t build that.” There must be a popular consensus that the crumbs you are getting back from the government are a sign of caring and largesse, not a meager fraction of your potential earnings. You must sincerely believe that those who are trying to protect you from the thieves are really your enemies, deserving of destruction.
Obama’s current game of tax cuts and hikes contains all of the above elements.
The plan is to pass yet another extension of Bush’s tax cuts — to keep the status quo for the most — while excluding families with a joint income of over $250,000. In plainspeak, it’s a tax hike. But calling things by their real names would be against the rules; this isn’t how the game is played.
Listening to Obama now, one could have never guessed that his “tax cuts for the middle class” are the same policy he used to demonize as “tax cuts for the rich.” Who knew they were saving middle-class families as much as $2,200 a year? Suddenly, “policies that got us into this mess” have become “doing the right thing.”
The game demands that things never get organized according to cause and effect, chronologically, or in any other logical order. All facts and events must stay disconnected so that they can always be selected or discarded on short notice to amend the living, breathing, ever-changing Narrative. This allows top players like Barack Obama to discredit anyone’s idea, then steal it, bundle it with a job-killing tax hike, and rebrand it as his own benevolent gift to the toiling masses.
Judging by responses on Obama’s official blog, WhiteHouse.gov, and Twitter, many of his supporters actually believe they are getting something out of it — while in reality they are about to lose what they have due to the resulting cutbacks, layoffs, and price increases.
Ultimately, Obama’s proposal to soak the rich has little to do with the economy and everything to do with playing the game. The plan’s economic relevance is negligible since the projected revenue can only sustain this wasteful behemoth of a government for eight days.
But look what else it can do: in addition to advancing Obama’s image as the people’s generous benefactor, it pushes the narrative of class struggle, nurtures the popular feeling of entitlement to other people’s money, and cripples the private sector, thus “proving” the president’s earlier thesis that capitalism doesn’t work and has never worked.
As the game goes on, feeling good about the imaginary gift is no longer enough. You are expected to participate in spreading this Orwellian fantasy by haranguing Congress with demands of a tax hike while calling it a tax cut. You are also encouraged to submit your personal stories about how much you appreciate the revered president’s generosity.
Con artists thrive on the skill of putting an idea into your head and making you think of it as your own. In this case, they also give you a passion. You get overwhelmed with the collectivist sense of belonging, entitlement, and empowerment by participating in quixotic class struggle against the mythical windmills and all those mean-spirited capitalists who are conspiring to rob you of the rightful $2,200 disbursement.