BERNIE: YOUR .2% PAYROLL TAX = BAD IDEA!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Attention: Bernie Sanders, Thom Hartmann, and America!
PAYROLL TAX: Bernie, you should avoid making the same MISTAKE Democratic Party candidate Walter MONDALE made when he ran for president against Ronald Reagan in 1984. He bluntly stated that he too would raise taxes on everyone, including the low, middle, and high class -- and he lost in a LANDSLIDE -- only carried one state!
Your plan to raise a PAYROLL TAX by .2 % on the middle class to pay for twelve weeks of PAID SICK LEAVE is creative and well-intended, but NOT very SMART. There are other ways to raise those funds without the risk of raising them on the middle class, when it would be far more pragmatic to raise them on the top ten percent! (I personally like and understand the idea, but, like Adlai Stevenson, who ran for president three times and lost three times, it is too intellectual for the under informed masses!
You already plan to pay for free four-year public college education by a .005 percent TRANSACTION TAX on Securities Traders on Wall Street which would raise $300 billion dollars.
All you need to do is double that .005 percent to .010 percent and that would raise another $300 billion for the paid medical / having-a-baby leave -- and you do this without having to raise any taxes on the Middle Working Labor Unemployed Retired Student Needy Class via your Payroll Tax Plan!
In all due respect, sir, why would you want to risk causing another REPUB landslide by raising ANY taxes on the Middle Class? In fact, ideally, you should campaign on raising that ONE PERCENT on the Wall Street Derivative and Hedge Fund Traders, etc. so that you would raise ONE TRILLION dollars to speed up the rate of implementation! Besides, it would make a much better campaign slogan/sign, bumper sticker, and stump speach power point: “I plan to LOWER the TAXES BY ONE PERCENT on the bottom 70 percent, and RAISE TAXES on the top 30 percent! And increase the top marginal tax rate back up to 90 percent where it was from FDR to JFK !
To win the presidency, you need to win the confidence of the under informed, undecided fence sitters. Being too politically correct, too honest, too specifically esoteric will only provide that small hole that will ulitmately sink your sublime ship of state!
Win, Bernie win! Tax, Bernie tax... the top 10 percent... a lot more!
Arthur J. Earthmann, Prophet of G.O.D. (Great Open Democracy)
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