Sometimes it’s refreshing and instructive to take a step back from the microanalysis of every little thing our politicians say, put the scandals back in the closet, and remember that a tax-and-spend Democrat by any other name…
Hillary Clinton has determined that income inequality will be her big message for 2016, and she is already peeling back the onion to give voters a peek at her plans. Does she have some revolutionary idea that will finally close the gap between the 1% and the rest of the country? Well, no, although she has adopted a nice new code phrase that we can probably expect to hear a few thousand times over the next year. The phrase is “revenue enhancements,” and it was used by Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon yesterday on Twitter. According to him, these revenue enhancements will be used to boost federal programs like universal preschool.
And what are these revenue enhancements, pray tell? Why, they are tax hikes, of course! What else would you expect from a liberal Democrat?
This time around, Clinton has been silent on specifics when it comes to tax policy (or anything else, for that matter), but she has a long history in the political arena. Using that history, we can make a good guess as to her ultimate platform. Look at 2008, when she was campaigning for the Democratic nomination the first time. “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good,” she said, insisting that the rich needed to pay for their “fair share” of the country.
As a U.S. Senator, she twice voted against the Bush tax cuts, a much-needed stimulus that stopped the economy from going into the toilet post-9/11. As secretary of state, she went further still, proposing that the rich in all countries needed to step up to the financial plate. “It is a fact that the elites in every country are making money,” she said. “There are rich people everywhere, and yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries.”
Well, she would know. But Clinton has a skewed definition of “growth.” While most economists measure this growth by investment in domestic business ventures, she sees growth as the building of public infrastructure. If the rich aren’t giving enough money to the IRS each year, they are worthless freeloaders who are ruining the country. Hell, not just this country. Every country!
What it comes down to is this: Americans can’t take another four years of liberal economic policy. Pitted head to head against Obama in 2008, Clinton championed the same sort of tax hikes that the president went on to implement. These hikes have had a stagnating effect on the economy, and they have been supplemented by hidden taxes in the healthcare law. Oh, but we don’t call those taxes. We call them rebates.
Or revenue enhancements.
Call them anything you want. Just keep them the hell away.