This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 29, 2014:
The Congressional Budget Office, in introducing its latest analysis of President Obama’s proposed budget, could just as easily have quoted Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society, who said back in 1974 that the future would bring:
- Greatly expanded government spending for every conceivable means of getting rid of ever larger sums of American money as wastefully as possible,
- Higher and then much higher taxes; and
- An increasingly unbalanced budget despite the higher taxes.
In its report, the CBO analysts projected that, thanks to higher tax rates, another income tax program for high-income earners, and fewer allowable deductions and exclusions, revenues would increase by $1.4 trillion over the next ten years. But deficits would continue to increase as well, adding another $7 trillion to the already gargantuan $17 trillion owed by the government. In other words, by 2024, the government will have received more than $1 trillion in new revenues, but will have outspent them by an additional $7 trillion.
Robert Klein is a high-end tax accountant for the very wealthy. He just completed analyzing his wealthy clients’ tax returns for 2012 and learned to his dismay that they paid $51,000 more in taxes than the year before, even after taking advantage of every legitimate deduction and exclusion possible. That’s an increase of more than 13% in just one year, according to Klein. Even more revealing, however, was his noting that only a very few people filing returns fall into the highest brackets. In 2012, the IRS processed more than 137 million tax returns, but only 2 ½ million of them showed incomes of $250,000 or more. And yet that group paid more than forty percent of all income taxes. That means that most of the taxes are being paid by the working middle class.
According to the CBO, if his budget is adopted, Obama will have succeeded in further impoverishing the middle class, just as intended. The CBO said:
Revenues would rise from 17.6 percent of GDP in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024 … compared with … an average over the past 40 years of 17.4 percent.
This is higher than any time in American history, including during World War II (16.1 percent of GDP) and 1947 through 2013 (17.1 percent of GDP). But that, according to David Horowitz, is part of the plan. The author of Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model, Horowitz, a reformed radical himself, explained what Obama intends:
This is something that conservatives generally have a hard time understanding. As a former radical, I am constantly asked how radicals could hate America and why they would want to destroy a society that compared to others is tolerant, inclusive, and open, and treats all people with a dignity and respect that is the envy of the world.
The answer to this question is that radicals are not comparing America to other real world societies. They are comparing America to the heaven on earth – the kingdom of social justice and freedom – they think they are building. And compared to this heaven, even America is hell.
Taylor Caldwell noted years ago that a healthy and prosperous middle class was essential to liberty:
The middle class made the dream of liberty a possibility, set limits on the government, fought for its constitutions, removed much of governmental privilege and tyranny, demanded that rulers obey the just laws as closely as the people, and enforced a general civic morality.
It’s also the driver of a steadily improving standard of living for everyone, according to Welch:
The ideal way of alleviating poverty is by enabling and encouraging the poor to improve their own lot. The greatest help in the world to that end is a middle class, especially one with a very wide spread in its economic boundaries….
When class lines are vague, and classes overlap, and the middle class is a comprehensive term reaching from a good percentage of day laborers to an even larger percentage of bank presidents – in each case according to their own self-classifications – it is only extreme irresponsibility or government handouts that will keep the “poor” of today from becoming members of the “middle class” of tomorrow.
President Obama, a disciple of Alinsky and a teacher of his Rules for Radicals while a community organizer in Chicago, intends the results of his actions. Just as Alinsky dedicated his revolutionary treatise to Lucifer, so Obama, a dedicated disciple of Alinsky, is committed to continuing his program of impoverishing the middle class, thus reducing its ability to push back against his administration’s tyranny.
All the CBO did was confirm Obama’s commitment to that end.
The Congressional Budget Office: An Analysis of the President’s 2015 Budget
Robert Klein’s study: Wealthy paid 13% more tax on same income
Freedom First Society: The Marxist Attack on the American Middle Class
New English Review: Saul Alinsky and the Rise of Amorality in American Politics
David Horowitz: Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model