CNBC has a campaign called RISE ABOVE. I say Rise Above DEMAGOGUERY.
The implication of CNBC's view is that raising taxes on the highest 1% who already pay 37% of the income taxes will be good for the country, and that the only reason why Republicans vote against it is because they put partisanship over country . What if the Republican politician sincerely believes that raising taxes on the wealthy will reduce jobs and economic prosperity and is therefore harmful to the country . What if he is right, and raising the taxes will harm the economy which in fact is the truth. What should he do? Should he cave to the political pressure? Would that be putting the country above partisanship?
Why does this network feel free to impugn the motives of the people that disagree with them. Specifically, the political leaders that think increasing taxes on the wealthy will reduce prosperity and jobs? This is simply AD HOMINEN argumentation, and thus demagoguery.
It is also demagoguery to fault a defenseless minority for the enormous national debt when they are contributing more than anyone else to its balance. The proponents of raising the tax say let's put it to a vote. Who will win the 98% or the 2% minority?
When you refuse to defend minorities rights, like those of the 2%, you run the risk of losing the principle that protects you, i.e. everybody's rights should be respected. Don't be surprised that the next time the question is put to a vote you are in the penalized minority. Frankly, this is what you deserve. Maybe then you will learn the lesson that everybody's property rights should be respected. And just because somebody is rich doesn't mean that you have the right to take as much money from them democratically as you want
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