A bittersweet joke from Mr. Colbert, one that, in my opinion, illustrates the REAL problem with our nation. The idea of taxing the 1% is certainly driven by a need for economic change, but the argument that this “redistribution of wealth” is an unfair taxation is still valid from a constitutional standpoint. This, however, doesn’t mean I’m not all for it. This is pretty radical for me, considering in my more optimistic (pre-recession) days, I couldn’t have fathomed any legitimacy in massive taxes on the rich.
First of all, let me define “rich”. Your neighbor a few blocks down with the 3-car garage and the 2 beamers is not “rich”, or at least not as the term “rich” needs to be defined for the sake of this issue. Though he probably makes at least six figures, and has enough money to live comfortably and do some real good in his local community, he doesn’t have his hands on the type of wealth that can be put to real economic work. Though he’s living a much more comfortable life than the working poor, they are, tax-wise, still both getting the shit-end of the deal.
While the 1% controls about 42% of the nation’s wealth, and easily dishes out a considerable amount of our government’s tax income, the 99% vomits up the higher proportion of their measly (by comparison) incomes.
Though this seems unfair, the real issue I see in this economic crisis is not the government’s legal control over the matter, but the moral bankruptcy that plagues the rich. Most multi-millionaires or billionaires in our country worked hard to build their businesses and fortunes to where they are now, and many have even revolutionized our industries and qualities of living (there’s a “however” coming, I promise). For this, I would certainly agree that they deserve to embrace a lavish, comfortable lifestyle. “Lavish & comfortable”, however, is not what I am seeing.
I see assholes squandering their money on luxuries that bring them temporary happiness & status, to an extent that far surpasses the realm of living I consider “reasonable comfort”. I see boats & cars & houses & women & jets, etc. In an overly inflated economy where I still find it hard to comprehend what it would be like to spend a million dollars in a year, I see assholes spending 10 million dollars in a year, and all on “things”. How much luxury is too much?
I still believe strongly in an America where people shouldn’t have to be told what to do, so I humbly admit that I have no right to tell a human being what to do with their worldly possessions, regardless of how much of an asshole they are. I do, however, find it fucking despicable that when someone can live comfortably off of a million dollars (still a ridiculous number) of spending in a year’s time, they don’t give the other 9 million they can afford to spend away to struggling families trapped in a crumbling socio-economical system.
So I guess this is sort of a plea. I’ll happily get down on my knees and beg, if it helps. And I say this from a completely non-political standpoint- no affiliation whatsoever…
Wait… you’re saying I’m not the first person to propose the idea of the rich giving away money they don’t need? And I’m certainly not the first to be completely ignored, as they continue to squander their money and purchase all of the institutions that keep them rich & asshole-ish?
Good, then go ahead and tax them. Take their fucking money. Do it.
Also- fuck Bill Gates. That guy is worth 59 billion dollars and “claims” he has given away 28 billion of that, mostly to his own charity foundation. Fuck that. Give more, and give it to something more pressing. I know 28 billion dollars is a BIG CONFUSING NUMBER but in a country where most people are giving up half of their income to taxation, and you aren’t even giving up half of a fucking number like 59 BILLION DOLLARS, you are a fuck. Again, pamper yourself, yadda yadda, but 30 BILLION DOLLARS? DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF CRAZY SHIT YOU CAN DO WITH THAT MONEY? ARE YOU RUNNING SOME NAZI GENETIC EXPERIMENTS IN THAT ULTRA-MANSION, BILL?! GIVE YOUR FUCKING MONEY AWAY, DUDE. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND DO IT.