Common Ground with President Obama's followers?Submitted by Principled on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:31
We all know that the best way to influence someone is to find common ground and working from their demonstrate that what they want is really aligned with the direction you are leading them. Thankfully, I have found common ground with those who follow President Obama. Since it happens so rarely I thought I would share it with the Daily Paul audience.
The President has been repeating his call for the "Buffett Rule" recently. In this effort he explains the appalling scenario in which common people in the 99% are paying much higher marginal tax rates that the wealthiest Americans. I think all of would agree that those who benefit most from the structure of our society should contribute to the expense of running the society. We all agree they should pay their “fair share”, so that much is common ground. Of course the real question is how much is a fair share.
A liberty-minded, politically-motivated person (better known as a Ron Paul supporter) might be tempted to explain that Obama has overlooked a few facts. We might discuss the fact that nearly half of all American’s pay nothing (or less) toward the support of the federal government. An educated economist that has understood the Austrian model might explain the virtues of smaller government. We might argue that low taxes on the rich enables them to invest and it is investment and investment alone which improves the living standards of a society. It is impossible to consume your way to prosperity.
These arguments are likely to get a predictable response from your associates. Are you supporting the “failed and unfair Republican policies” which favor the 1%? It might be more effective to simple agree with them. Perhaps we should simply say, “I agree with you. The high rate of taxes on the middle class are unfair.” At this point I would ask them “What portion of your income do you think you should pay to support the beneficiaries of federal programs?” Then I would say,
“We should pass a new Buffett rule. No one should have to pay more than Warren Buffett. Federal taxes should be reduced for everyone to the marginal rate he is paying today – which is about 15%.”
I don’t see why the Republican’s permit themselves to be painted as the protectors of the rich when their best candidate has already explained how to be the protector of all. Let’s follow Ron Paul’s lead toward lower taxes and more opportunity for everyone.