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"I'd Love to Change the World"

You know that song by Ten Years After, right?

Well, it has a verse that goes like this:

Tax the rich. Feed the poor. Till there are no rich no more

I guess the Democrat presidential candidates were listening to that song quite a bit in advance of their debate on Thursday.

Because if the wire reports of that debate are accurate -- I have better things to do than to waste my time watching them, so I'm taking those reports at face value -- it looks as though the Democrat mantra on domestic policies can be summarized as follows:

Tax the 'rich'. Feed the 'poor'. Turn the federal government into a nanny state whore

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So...attempting to fund a d... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

So...attempting to fund a direct war and the collateral damage to our troops with tax cuts has worked?
oh no...
Just how much is our surplus?
Ya all don't want to fund the Iraq Occupation with higher taxes? The Communist Chinese are more than willing to buy our debt.

If you are not willing to pay higher taxes for your security...than what?
That's right..
fewer government regulations...after all if we can't trust companies to regulate their profit...who can we trust?

Hmmm. . . It's great to ta... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

Hmmm. . . It's great to tax the wealthy, isn't it? That is until you figure out how the Dems define wealthy.

There is no other way to tax "the wealthy" other than what they report to the IRS. So poor schmoes like us who aren't wealthy enough to shelter our income and who have to work for a living are easily defined as "wealthy". To my way of thinking, "wealthy" is someone who has multiple houses, a private airplane, lots of cars, lots of assets.

So where do you think the Dems will draw the line? $100,000? In 2006, nearly 20% of households in the U.S. made that amount. I'll bet there are a lot of those households who don't think they are wealthy.

The moral cannibalism of an... (Below threshold)
Clay:

The moral cannibalism of an altruistic doctrine dictates that the happiness of one man necessitates the injury of another. How moral is that? It's not. It's despicably evil.

Ah, yes, the wealthy.... </... (Below threshold)
Wethal:

Ah, yes, the wealthy....

Like the Kennedys. Despite Rose Kennedy's nearly lifelong residence in MA, when she died, Teddy claimed she ws a FL resident so he could pay the lower estate tax than that of Taxachusetts.

Tax the rich. Feed the p... (Below threshold)
MagicalPat:

Tax the rich. Feed the poor. Till there are no rich no more

Of course, since we will always have the poor with us, if here are no more rich, how will we feed the poor then?

The real test of the song w... (Below threshold)

The real test of the song writer's sincerity is to ask what they did with the royalties and whatnot from the song...

J.

Wethal: "Despite Rose Kenne... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Wethal: "Despite Rose Kennedy's nearly lifelong residence in MA, when she died, Teddy claimed she ws a FL resident so he could pay the lower estate tax than that of Taxachusetts."

Wethal, there's even more to it than that.

Can any of you liberals (are you listening nogo?) answer the following: In which national entity does the Kennedy family "hide" its trust fund fortune?

Waiting....

Waiting....

Standby....

Ans: Fiji

Why you ask? (Good question nogo!!)

That's because keeping your fortune in Fiji means never, never, having to report how the money comes in, goes out, or pay US Taxes!!!

Gee nogo, imagine that. Ted Kennedy is a liberal who has happily helped approve TRILLIONS of increased government spending for every reason under the sun, yet his family hides it's wealth and does not pay what the Dems would say is their "fair share" of taxes.

The response of nogo and the other marxists? "Yawn."

'nuff said.

bye bye nogo.

Tax the 'rich'. Feed ... (Below threshold)

Tax the 'rich'. Feed the 'poor'. Turn the federal government into a nanny state whore

The world is dying because of stupid rich souls...

Those having babies need to be taxed in gold...

Fortunately for us we have a new Saviour...Al Gore...

Obviously I am not a songwriter, but I loved the mantra you created....

Maybe someone could run with it?!!!

Ya know what? You could su... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Ya know what? You could sure grind up alot of useless hippies and feed the poor...

Yes, by all means, let us t... (Below threshold)

Yes, by all means, let us tax even more the 20% of all taxpayers that qualify for the term "rich" even as they already pay around 80% of federal income taxes.

After the debacle of HillaryCare and 1994 are the Dems are dumb enough to try the Rangel Plan....particularly given their do nothing/accomplish nothing term of 2006?

Probably.

After the debacle of Hil... (Below threshold)
Clay:

After the debacle of HillaryCare and 1994 are the Dems are dumb enough to try the Rangel Plan

Yes. They'll trot out the old whore in new clothes every few years until someone gets weary enough to buy her. They're not so motivated by compassion for the poor as much as hatred for those of ability.

Yet again nogo logic confus... (Below threshold)

Yet again nogo logic confuses tax rates and tax revenues. Sometimes lower tax rates increases tax revenues.

Nogo, like all Democrats, h... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Nogo, like all Democrats, has no understanding of economics at all.

Exactly as COgirl described... (Below threshold)
civildisobedience Author Profile Page:

Exactly as COgirl described above. Liberals don't want to tax the "wealthy", they want to tax those with higher earnings trying to become wealthy.

If liberals really wanted to tax the f**king wealthy, they would tax the value of their assets. Those with big assets (property, bank accounts, stocks, etc..) are the f**king wealthy; a$$clowns like the Kerrys and Clintons. Not some poor shmuck with debts and no assets who finally started to earn $100k per year.

Okay, you guys can talk pol... (Below threshold)

Okay, you guys can talk politics. I'm going to listen to the song right now--freakin' awesome guitar work.

Alvin Lee, who wrote the song, had this to say about it:
"I realized that the world was definitely not living up to my hopes, I find it difficult enough to control my own life. Yes, the world can use some changes, but who can make decisions for other peoples' lives? Only the ignorant I fear."

Some people try to make it into a conservative song. They find some sense of irony in the "tax the rich, feed the poor, 'til there are no rich no more" and the strange un-PC line of "everywhere is freaks and hairies, dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity." I figure (and when I found that quote, I feel more justified in it) it's just an admission of powerlessness in a world to confusing and messed up to make sense. It's not a hippy song or a conservative song; it's just a great rock song.

Which has precisely nothing to do with this post.

Umm. Sorry about that.

Kick ass song, though. I think I'll listen to it again.

I think zombyboy is basical... (Below threshold)

I think zombyboy is basically right: Alvin Lee wasn't trying to make some philosophical point beyond the typical youthful dissatisfaction with the world. The words scanned into the melody, and that's about the extent of it. Didn't require much thought that way.

Now, the Democrats, on the other hand, are quite serious about raising taxes. The only remarkable thing is their willingness to come out and say it - although they do try to disguise their intent with talk about the "rich." When Mondale proclaimed he would raise taxes, he was an underdog running against a popular incumbent, and had to gamble.

They might as well just go the whole hog and, as P.J. O'Rourke suggested, "eat the rich."

They are the argum... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:
They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. - Abraham Lincoln
"Tax the rich, feed the poo... (Below threshold)
Lunacy:

"Tax the rich, feed the poor
Til there are rich no more"

I love that song and Ten Years after, but this line has always bugged me.

The priority isn't eliminating hunger. The priority is eliminating wealth. They fall for the myth that wealth is evil. And the irony of a paid rock band dissing wealth is just, well, too rich.

L

.after all if we can't t... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

.after all if we can't trust companies to regulate their profit...who can we trust?


nogo, exactly what do you do for a living?

The priority is eliminat... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

The priority is eliminating wealth. They fall for the myth that wealth is evil.

Right, but when did you ever get a job fro a poor guy?

I am willing to bet that nogo is in some sort of civil service job that allows him to constantly monitor this site and make unlimited comments using the server at his place of employ. He probably enjoys about 20 sick days and another 20 "personal" days each year, during which his absence is barely noticed.

If liberals really wante... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

If liberals really wanted to tax the f**king wealthy, they would tax the value of their assets.

This is a net worth tax. It's what they do in Norway.

Tax the rich. Feed the p... (Below threshold)

Tax the rich. Feed the poor. Till there are no rich no more

Pedantic point: "I'd Love to Change the World" by Ten Years After is actually an anti-counterculture song. In the context of the rest of the lyrics, the above line is meant to be ironic.

nogo, exactly what do yo... (Below threshold)
Eric:

nogo, exactly what do you do for a living?

Hah! You mean "what does your mom do for a living?"

I think nogo admitted to be... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

I think nogo admitted to being a postal worker in his comments here a long time ago; but perhaps I'm misremembering.




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