We’re in the Matrix, and the Democrats are the Machines
Wake up, Neo.
In the aftermath of the short-lived, but politically potent, government shutdown, we learned some shocking news: Democrats plan to try to use the leverage they (think) they gained from the whole sordid affair to raise taxes:
Emboldened Senate Democratic leaders are planning to go on offense on raising taxes. [ . . . ]
Congressional Democrats want Republicans to sign off on $50 billion worth of tax increases to eliminate the sequester’s automatic spending cuts. The next phase of these cuts will take effect Jan. 15, when government funding will drop from $986 billion to $967 billion.
We’re told they plan to play hardball:
“There’s a lot of pressure on both sides, especially Republicans, after what they did to the country by following the Tea Party agenda, to show they are willing to come to the table and compromise,” said a Democratic aide.
Democrats say they would not accept any budget deal unless it includes tens of billions in new tax revenue. Their opening bid is $1 in new taxes for every $1 in spending cuts to offset the cost of ending sequestration for domestic and defense discretionary spending programs.
Citing polls (with poorly weighted samples), the Democrats claim that the GOP will be willing to negotiate because they’ll want to erase the “extreme” reputation they developed as a result of their shutdown-inducing opposition to Obamacare.
Wait . . . Democrats are planning to use whatever political capital they have to raise taxes?
Here’s one thing you can count on, as sure as the rising of the sun. The Democrats will always attempt to raise taxes. They will use whatever excuse they can come up with.
They will claim that we need more revenue to reduce the deficit . . . but when they get the revenue, they don’t cut spending at all.
They will claim we are not spending enough on the poor . . . but when they get the revenue, they just create more dependence.
They will claim that we need to stimulate the economy . . . but then they take the money and give it to unions and left-wing allies.
The Democrats have but two principles: Growing the state and remaining in power. The mechanism they use to achieve both is the same: Spending. They spend money on specific constituencies, giving those constituencies what they want. Those constituencies reward them with electoral support, putting more Democrats in power. Newly (re)elected Democrats feed them even more, and the cycle continues.
And you, the taxpayer, are providing the money they use to run this perpetual power machine. You are the fuel. You are the food.
Any opposition who stand opposed to this perpetual power machine are automatically at a disadvantage, for they cut themselves off from the tremendous electoral power it provides. The number of people who support them out of principle shrinks, while the number of people who support the Democrats out of pure self-interest grows.
In the hit movie “The Matrix,” hostile machines used captive, unconscious humans as a source of energy. Are things so different for us, really?Taxpayers know they’re overtaxed, but they are usually only dimly aware, if at all, how the machine really works.
Take the red pill, America. Before it’s too late.
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Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.