Mike Huckabee News
Jan 07 2013
It’s hard for me to come up with a proper superlative to express the disgust I have with President Obama and the Congress in the gamesmanship and stagecraft they substituted for statesmanship by rushing through a last minute piece of legislation that will cause 80% of Americans paying more taxes and doing absolutely nothing to deal with the real problem of runaway spending. Of course, since incumbents were sent back at a 94% rate in the past election, voters have to accept their responsibility in this disaster of a government.
For those who actually believed President Obama’s promise that if your income were under $250,000 you wouldn’t pay one more dime in taxes, then you probably feel sucker-punched, because you’ll pay an average of about $1600 more because of the payroll tax increase. Since the person you probably work for will pay that plus an additional 4.9% tax, I wouldn’t count on a raise; in fact, a lot of Americans will simply lose their jobs.
For the Hollywood liberals and real billionaires like Warren Buffet who want us to pay more taxes even as their own lobbyists and attorneys make sure they keep their exemptions and their special loopholes, please spare me the self-serving nonsense that you want everyone to pay a “fair share.” If the country called on me to sacrifice more to stop evil, to build a better future for my grandchildren, or to find a cure for dreaded diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, or heck, for even male pattern baldness, I might say, “sure, count me in.” But that’s not what’s happening with the increase in taxes we’re paying. It’s more spending on stuff we can’t afford and ultimately paid for by Americans not yet born since we’re mostly borrowing the money we spend.
My wife and I spent some time during the Christmas break visiting the sacred grounds of real sacrifice for a real cause. On the Normandy beaches of D-Day, we stood where Americans, Brits, and Canadians mounted the largest, most ambitious and bloodiest amphibious invasion in history. I stood on a deserted, quiet, and peaceful Omaha Beach with the haunting memory that on June 6, 1944, the sand under my feet was red with the blood of Americans from my father’s generation who if they survived the constant machine gun fire from Nazi gun nests, huddled against a seawall and eventually climbed those hills to liberate France and eventually the world.
As we participated in the flag lowering ceremony at the end of the day in the American Battlefield Memorial Ceremony at Omaha Beach, the carefully lined crosses represented the thousands for whom sacrifice was more than a percentage of their income—it was 100% of their own hopes, dreams, and lives—buried in France on land Americans proudly and respectfully oversee to preserve the dignity of the deaths. Stuart Robertson, a local historian who spent the day with us, took us to St. Mere Eglise, where American private John Steele parachuted as part of the airborne operation and whose parachute got caught on the steeple of the church in the center of the town, a scene immortalized in the classic film “The Longest Day.” What they came to fight was made clearer as we made our way to Poland, and visited the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. To stand in the very room where more than a million and half fellow human beings were murdered in an attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population was sobering.
To be asked to sacrifice income to stop the Holocaust and the insanity behind it would be a noble thing. But we aren’t being asked to sacrifice to make our country stronger. We’re being asked to pay more to make it weaker, by making us a nation no longer focused on stopping evil and building real hope for future generations, but simply spending money to give away for political paybacks and enriching the already privileged class at the very top and enslaving the dependent class at the very bottom of our economy. I’m inspired by what this country once did to stand for something; I’m disgusted that we’ve now fallen for the lies and spinelessness of self-serving politicians.
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