Republicans’ “starve the beast” philosophy has dire consequences. A good cartoon.
Obama, held captive by an orange beast who lost his humanity by refusing to help the poor, is taunted by endless songs orchestrated by an anthropomorphic tea set. In the end, however, he’ll find that the GOP was his true love all along. A tale as old as time.
When the beneficiaries [of taxpayer’s monies] are the poor (broadly conceived) the [wealthy] call it food stamps, handouts, fostering dependence, and welfare. When the beneficiaries have power, the same net effect gets called market support, incentives, tax credits, and enabling job creation.
- Robin L. Einhorn, “Tax Aversion and the Legacy of Slavery”The irony is that the slaveholding elites of early American history have come down to us as the champions of liberty and democracy. … Today, this brand of politics looks eerily familiar. We have experience with political parties that attack “elites” in order to rally voters behind policies that benefit elites. This is what the slaveholders did in early American history, and they did it very well. Expansions of slavery became expansions of “liberty,” constitutional limitations on democratic self-government became defenses of “equal rights,” and the power of slaveholding elites became the power of the “common man.” In the topsy-turvy political world we have inherited from the age of slavery, the power of the majority to decide how to tax became the power of an alien “government” to oppress “the people.”
Tax-dodging racist white elites who want to subvert democracy use the same patriotic doublespeak then as now, and deserve every bit of scrutiny for it. A good cartoon.