There is one way TPV could support a Hillary candidacy for the US Presidency. Taxes. If she fights for increasing taxes on the rich, then we are with her 100 %.
Saturday, during an interview with the Guardian, Hillary attempted to explain why her personal wealth isn’t a drag on her credibility as an advocate for addressing economic inequality.
“[T]hey don’t see me as part of the problem,” she said, “because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work.“
For TPV that’s some tone-deaf attitude. But she’s not alone. Politicians do not really care about this country. They are castrated Reagan clones: C and D Hollywood movie stars. No matter their avowed ideology, they are all in for some healthy dose of dollars, and they have all been successful at securing the dough. Not really wanting to pull a Chris Hedges on our readers, but finding his work ethic enticing, here is the tax issue which could change TPV’s opposition to a Hillary candidacy, lifted from the New Republic:
Nearly all viable presidential candidates are extremely rich. Obama is himself quite rich, though not exactly Kennedy/Bush/Kerry/Romney rich. The next GOP nominee might not be quite as cartoonish a plutocrat as Romney, but he will almost certainly be wealthy, and, crucially, will almost certainly promote an agenda that would exacerbate economic inequality. When Clinton said “we pay ordinary income tax” she wasn’t just taking a gratuitous jab backwards at Romney for paying taxes at a sub-15 percent rate. She was presaging an agenda that will almost certainly call for eliminating or reducing tax preferences that allow an entire class of people of great wealth to reduce their effective tax rates. I don’t know if she’ll propose jacking up the capital gains tax, or closing the carried-interest loophole. I don’t know if she’ll target individual tax loopholes, or advocate for capping tax expenditure benefits or anything about what her economic agenda will look like. But I am 100 percent confident it will include some measures along these lines, and nearly as confident that the Republican candidate will oppose it in every particular.
So here you have it. To tax or not to tax, that’s going to be Hillary’ s question. Does she have the balls to say it (even if she will not do it)? TPV will be happy if she says it. Say it Hillary. You’ve reached retirement age, you should have some balls to say crazy shit like raising taxes on your friends, the rich!
Say it, baby!
BY DANA NEACSU
ECONOMICS: To Tax or Not to Tax My Friends. That’s Hillary’s Question