Hey Bernie, Bernie Sanders! Yes you, the guy who is running for his party’s nomination for President. Yes you, the guy with the Robin Hood complex.
I consider myself an Independent. I have voted now in 12 Presidential elections and in 7 of them I have voted Democratic (Humphrey, Carter, Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Obama x2). I have voted Republican 5 times (Nixon, Reagan x2 and George Herbert Bush x2). I like to think of myself as driven by issues and policy rather than political party.
Now with confession over, I feel as if I am compelled to offer my concerns over some of the policies you seem to be advocating.
You commit to immediately moving to substantially raise taxes on millionaires, large corporations and wealthy investors. You claim that by doing so you will have the resources necessary to create middle class jobs, make public colleges tuition-free and rebuild America’s infrastructure.
Sounds good; at least in theory. The reality is that it is all populist bullshit. It is an idea for a Disneyland Fantasy ride and not much more. The numbers don’t compute. One does not equal two no matter how much you wish it to be true.
The quest for income equality cannot be accomplished simply by taxing down the net worth of individuals and corporations. Punishing success is simply a stupid thing to do; regardless of the nobility of the desire to bring the American dream to more of this nation’s population.
While this blogger admits that the tax code greatly benefits the wealthy and corporate America, the answer is not a systemic tax increase but a complete rewrite of the tax code that spreads the cost of paying for government more equally across the economic landscape. Tax loopholes need to be closed and corporations like Apple can’t simply walk away from tax liability by claiming to domicile their headquarters in a country with a more favorable tax rate.
Tax increases have to be matched by more productivity and less dependence on government welfare programs for individuals and corporations alike. Government cannot solve all of this country’s social disparities and dysfunctions. Emphasis on individual responsibility must be included in the discourse. Government cannot be an end to all means.
Your message should be one that calls for a fair tax code and an emphasis on individual, community and corporate responsibility and an equal participation in returning America to a country of reason and purpose.
And now, some thoughts for you, Mr. I am really, really rich, Donald Trump. First, I applaud you for your many business successes. Second, I must scold you for thinking all of America’s problems can be negotiated away by a skilled “card player” playing some type of geopolitical poker.
Running a country, one that is founded on the concept of rule of law, is much different than running a large corporate empire. In the Boardroom, you may be Lord and Master of the microcosm that you rule and your wish becomes everyone’s command. In a democracy, your wish is nothing more than a bunch of words strung together forming some semblence of coherent thought.
You just can’t snap your fingers and demand an end to the birthright provision of the US Constitution. Nor can you start bullying Mexico to pay for your manifestation of the Berlin Wall. There are things like treaties and tariff laws that have to be followed.
And then there is that thing called the Congress of the United States that is currently long on accusatory and damning rhetoric and short on governing. As you have now witnessed first hand, there are many divisions of political thought permeating around you. Finding consensus may be beyond even your considerable negotiating skills.
Although you have made immigration one of your main issues, you cannot and must not ignore the promise you made to be the greatest job creating President etc etc etc. So tell us how? How can you bring jobs back to America? By sending Carl Icahn to China and Japan to negotiate a better deal? Come on, Donald, be real. The issue is much more complex than something fixed by a conversation over a good cigar and a glass of cognac.
And just one more thing: I need to know whether or not you support the dissolution of the Export-Import Bank? We all know that Ted Cruz is an idiot but now we are going to add “job destroyer” to his resume. What do you think?
Last but not at all least, I need to send out a short, short memo to Jeb Bush. Stop trying to put the blame for our failure in Iraq on Obama or anyone else. The faulty intelligence that you keep vomiting up in defense of GW was contrived by Cheney and the late Bob Novak. The whole war, from beginning to its never ending nightmare, was and still is a con job. Accept the fact that your brother screwed up and go on with articulating your own foreign policy. The Iraq War will always be a stain on our national psyche and what we must do is stop defending that which cannot be defended. Show some real leadership and acknowledge the truth and help us learn from our mistakes.
Memos are now at an end! For the moment….