Someone asked me what I thought of Mitt Romney’s recently leaked speech vilifying the 47% who don’t pay Federal Income Tax. Well apart from thinking it a fine piece of political kamikaze, morally I replied:
What Mitt Romney ignored when he denigrated those who don’t pay Federal Income Tax and are in some weird way dependent on the Mitt Romneys of this world, is that when he plans to slash social programs, it is our safety net he is talking about. It is the ‘we the people’s safety net‘. With his inherited and Bained wealth, he doesn’t need it, but most of the rest of us do…what percentage of the population rely on socialist Medicare in old age? That’s our Medicare not some abstract feudal rich person’s Medicare. We contribute to it, we draw from it just as with Social Security. And all wealth in society is created by working people with their hands and minds. Sure some folk organize this production and get a bit more for it, but in doing so they should recognize that they work for their workforce to organize things efficiently, and are not some bloody Mount Olympus gods bestowing cargo cult on the rest of us.
It’s not very neutral or necessarily the only perspective on the issue. It probably would not resolve conflict but when someone gets caught talking toxic classist crap, then as one of my favorite conservatives Edmund Burke (1729-1797) said: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.