Conservatives, Taxes and Debt: Shifting Public Wealth to the Private Sector?
Editor's Note: Listening to GOP candidates speak about the national debt in advance of Tuesday's Iowa caucus, Nordette was reminded of New York Times writer Paul Krugman's editorial, Nobody Understands Debt. She broke out some key elements in Krugman's piece to point out her own theory about conservative politicians' agenda: That "anti-tax rhetoric" should be described "in terms of shifting public wealth to the private sector. Do you agree? - Julie
As I've written before, the way some conservatives are so adamantly against any increase in taxes begs deeper investigation. People aren't asking often enough if what anti-tax conservatives say is factual. For instance, frequently Tea Party conservatives rely on the Boston Tea Party image to conflate in the public mind that original protest against taxes without representation with their current ideology that all taxes are bad and the government is evil. I continue to think that some of them want to break the government and shift all public funds and services to the private sector. That is a form of income redistribution, a way of taking the people's money that provides services for the have-littles and the have-nots and moving it disproportionately to the haves.
Apr. 5, 2011 - Irvine, California, U.S. - UC Irvine graduate student Tony Burke arranges the numbers of a debt clock representing the over $14 trillion national debt. Members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UC Irvine on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, displayed a temporary, 40-foot-long debt clock and collected petition signatures to protest the national debt...//ADDITIONAL INFO /// i.debtprotest. shot 040511 /// JEBB HARRIS THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.Members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UC Irvine on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, displayed a temporary, 40-foot-long debt clock and collected petition signatures to protest the over $14 trillion national debt. (Credit Image: © Jebb Harris/The Orange County Register/ZUMAPRESS.com)