For fuck’s sake, dear reader. I am about ready to give up reading the news for a year or two. It’s too depressing. To wit: a bunch of rich assholes (George Soros, Abigail Disney, and Chris Hughes, amongst others) (I call them assholes not because they’re rich but because of what they’re doing) wrote this dumb ass letter calling on all 2020 presidential candidates to punitively raise their taxes to arguably confiscatory rates. Get this…one signer of the letter, 35-year-old Liesel Pritzker Simmons, who comes from a family worth somewhere around $33 billion actually said, “We are part of the problem, so tax us.” The article went on, but that was all I could take.
This is so transparent, it’s pathetic, yet most people don’t seem to see it. I’m sure you do, astute and incisive reader, but we both know your brother-in-law Kevin will fail to see the point. So this is for Kevin. The people who signed this nonsense are the top 10% of the top 1% richest Americans which means that since 2008, they are the most universally hated demographic in the country (which I do not agree with at all, but that’s the way it is), and they thus have been trying to deal with a serious public relations problem. This wanting to be taxed bullshit is the strategy they’ve chosen. But it is totally disingenuous and insincere. The signers of this letter know perfectly well that if they were so inclined, if they sincerely felt as if they were not “paying their fair share,” they could just choose to pay more taxes. The amount of tax assessed on you by the IRS is the minimum you must pay. And if you overpay, you do not have to accept a refund. You and I and these shiesty-ass multi-billionaires are free and welcome to pay all the tax you want, so long as it’s at least the amount that the IRS has assessed you owe. So if insipid Miss Simmons wants to pay $32 billion for her 2019 taxes, she absolutely can. Any of them could. But they have absolutely no interest in doing so. They don’t actually want to lose/pay their money. Not necessary. They just need to appear as if they asked for the government to please take their money, and when the government does not, well, there is simply nothing they can do. Their hands are tied. They’d really love to write an exponentially larger check to the IRS but goddammit, the IRS simply refuses to raise their tax rates.
Shit, dear reader…I could go on. And I might, at a later date, in another forum. But right now, I must get back to the Real Work. Honest to God, I have no idea how you tolerate living in the same world with these people. Most days it’s just more than I can deal with.
N.P.: “Departure From Within (Origin 2009)” – Solar Fields