* From WLS AM…
A lot of reaction Wednesday morning to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s interview with Don Wade and Roma.
Schakowsky said that Americans don’t deserve to keep all of their money because we need taxes to support our society.
The WLS headline is: “Schakowsky: Americans don’t deserve to keep all of their money.”
* You have to, uh, wade through a whole lot of DC talking point goofiness from both sides, but this exchange occurred near the end of the interview…
Don Wade: Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?
Jan Schakowsky: What is really your question here? Do you think you should not contribute to firefighters…
DW: No. It’s a very simple question. Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?
JS: No, it is not a simple question. I think…
DW: Very simple.
JS: I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it. And it’s not a question of deserving. Because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together. And there are many things that we decide to do together like have our national security, like have police and fire.
DW: OK, national security, police, fire, got it…
JS: What about the people that work at the National Institute of Health who are looking for a cure for cancer? Do you think we ought to do that together? Those are real jobs and those are things that you help pay for and I think that’s a good thing.
DW: OK, so let me ask again. Out of every dollar I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?
JS: I’m not going to give you a percentage, I don’t know what your income is.
DW: Well, what does my income got to do, I’m just asking you how much…
JS: I think you need to pay your fair share, in order to do the things that we’ve decided are national priorities.
DW: So, wait, hold on, who’s deciding what my fair share is?
And that’s when I had to stop listening.
Don Wade is apparently too dense to understand that tossing around a fun little talking point over and over again doesn’t actually mean anything. and also cannot fathom that tax rates are set by duly elected officials. And Schakowsky apparently lacks the self awareness to realize that appearing on that show means she’ll get punked and made to look stupid because she doesn’t have what it takes to defend her ideals in a coherent manner on morning radio (I deleted all her “ums” because otherwise this post would’ve been as unreadable as her radio appearance was unlistenable).
Question: Out of every dollar I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?
Answer: Absolutely every penny that you’re entitled to keep as a law-abiding citizen of a republican democracy. And if you think you deserve to keep more, then by all means you should vigorously participate in the governance of your country. That’s what America is really all about.
Jan Schakowsky believes some people and some corporations should get to keep less. There’s no shame in saying that, and she should’ve just come right out and said it, for crying out loud. But if the above conversation is how the Democrats intend to compete next year, they’re in a huge world of hurt.
* Speaking of rhetoric, RedState’s Stephen DeMaura, completely demolishes Amazon’s anti-tax argument from the right…
Amazon.com, the biggest dog in the online retailer market, has created confusion by co-opting conservative language to position itself as a victim of allegedly greedy politicians who just want to raise taxes on good American businesses to pay for bigger government. Rather the opposite is true. The true victims are the local businesses who do not have the favorable tax status that Amazon has long enjoyed. Take, for example, Amazon’s response to a recent California law demanding it collect sales taxes at the point of purchase, just like thousands of Main Street retailers are required to do. It immediately challenged the state legislature and the governor by threatening to spend tens of millions of dollars on a ballot referendum to avoid collecting hundreds of millions in sales taxes.
The result? Amazon sees record revenues with its preferred tax status while small and community-oriented Main Street retailers foot their bill and struggle to stay alive.
But the story Amazon has been telling is fictitious. And its use of conservative nomenclature to do it has been cynical. The fact that Amazon relented and has agreed to begin collecting sales taxes in California beginning next year proves it.
California legislators threatened Amazon by pushing the same legislation that Illinois passed. The company fought back hard, but in the end agreed to a compromise and the company will begin collecting California sales taxes next year. Illinois should revisit this issue. We’ve lost at least two companies that are Amazon affiliates because Amazon refused to do business with affiliates based here after Illinois passed similar legislation. California became the tipping point. Perhaps a compromise can now be reached in Illinois.