This story was interesting. Obama famously said “You didn’t build that!”, which was widely criticized. Obama meant “Small business owners benefit from State infrastructure. Therefore, they shouldn’t complain about high taxes.”
Obama also invented the phrase “Romney Hood”. He said that Romney’s policies would steal from the poor and give to the rich.
“You didn’t build that!” is the standard pro-State troll argument for “Taxation is not theft!” You “benefit” from State services. Therefore, you are property of the State and owe more than half your life to taxes.
According to parasite logic, the small business owner is a parasite leeching off State services. The politicians are the heroes. It’s inverted values. Most successful small businesses have to provide useful products. They have to provide value to keep their customers *AND* pay for the costs of the huge State extortion racket.
Almost all government spending is waste and pork and theft. The “beneficial” aspects of government are a tiny percentage of total spending. Police are a tiny fraction of the government’s budget. More police effort is spent on victimless “statutory” non-crime than on real crimes. Government builds and repairs roads. Even for that, a lot of the spending disappears as pork and waste.
I did go to a State public school. That was paid for via the taxes my parents paid at the time. Just because I went to a State school, doesn’t mean that State parasites have an unlimited claim on my life and my labor.
Right now, the State has a monopoly for police and roadbuilding. I am forced at gunpoint to pay for these things. Then, politicians claim this “benefit” justifies forcing me to pay for all the other evil things they do.
“Romney Hood” is another misconception. A pro-State troll says “Taxes take from the rich and redistribute to the poor.” In practice, insiders use taxes to steal from everyone from their own benefit.
The State is an excellent example of a reverse Robin Hood, stealing from the poor and giving to the rich.
The actual tax rate is irrelevant. The super-wealthy are negative taxpayers. If you use the State to steal $1B, does it make a difference if you pay a tax of 50% or 75% or 25% or 0% on the money you stole?
“Negative taxpayers” is an important concept. True insiders steal more via the State, than the amount of taxes they pay. Their actual tax rate is irrelevant.
Progressive tax rates hurt successful small business owners the most. They don’t get to use fancy trusts and tricks to avoid taxes. They don’t get the perk of lobbying and stealing via the State, like true insiders.
Voting is a fake choice. Both Romney and Obama are criminals. Neither of them worked an honest day of work in their life. Obama is a lawyer and a politician. Romney is a bankster and a politician.
“You didn’t build that!” shows that Obama thinks like a true Statist. It’s a standard pro-State troll argument for “Taxation is not theft!” “Romney Hood” also is an important misconception. To insiders, tax rates are irrelevant, because they’re negative taxpayers. Government is one big reverse Robin Hood, stealing from the poor and giving to the rich.