Monday, April 02, 2007

Newt Gingrich Thinks You Are Stupid

Newt Gingrich has a scare article out at Human Events about how much those "liberal taxers" are planning on raising YOUR taxes. To do this, he uses funny numbers to lie to anybody stupid enough to not understand logic and math.

You Know You're Going to Pay More Under the Liberal Tax Increase When ...

... You're a family of four earning $60,000 a year: Your income-tax bill will rise 61% in 2011, from $3,030 to $4,893.

... You're an elderly couple earning $40,000 a year: Your taxes will go up by 156% in 2011, from $583 to $1,489.

... You're a woman: You could be one of the 83 million American women who could see their taxes rise by an average of $2,068.

... You're married: You could be one of the 48 million married couples who will pay an average of $2,899 more under the liberal tax increase.

... You have kids: 42 million families with children will pay an average of $2,181 more in taxes.

... You're a small-business owner: 26 million small-business owners will get a tax bill for an average of $3,960 more than before.

Which one are you?

First let me get to the easiest part. Averages are a funny thing. Let's say Bill Gates' taxes get raised $500,000,000 a year. 4,000,000 people get a tax break of $100 a year. On average, everybody's taxes went up $25. It is an outrage! Whenever a Republican throws an average tax rate figure at you, know that this is what they are doing. Average means it doesn't really affect you greatly if you are working class so we want to fool you into fighting a tax break for our corporate masters who are working against your interests. We think you are dumb enough to go along with it.

If democrats were really going to hit Joe Six Pack who has 3 kids with a tax hike of $3,500, the Republicans would scream about it from the roof tops with those specific numbers. When they start using averages, it means that taxes on the super wealthy are rising, and in order to make people unaffected by it outraged, they average Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, and Oprah in with you who aren't getting taxed, as an average so you get offended by those people messing with your paycheck. For all you know, you could be getting a tax break. Newt would never tell you that.

Secondly, projecting numbers way out into the future is typically pointless because things change. Whatever the democrats plan today, or Bush planned yesterday can be quickly countermanded by facts on the ground, or changes in leadership. Bush submits proposals that will do certain things by 2012 in his mind. Yeah, and I plan on my car that flies in 2012 too.

The woman thing really cracks me up. The only thing women are good for in Newt's mind are blowjobs and divorcing. 83 million women might see their taxes go up ON AVERAGE $2,068. Ok, now remember that Oprah, Martha Stewart, Venus Williams, and Sandra Bullock are included in this average. Newt is hoping that you can not tell the difference between throwing a bunch of numbers together and dividing them, and what somebody at the say 50th percentile of income would be paying in taxes.

Newt Gingrich thinks you all are stupid. Seriously. The numbers are nothing like he suggests. However, there is a philosophical school that is opposed to taxes on the wealthy. It can be argued on the grounds of trickle down economics. Newt isn't making that argument though. He is trying to deceive. In other words, he is an asshole.