Take the Money and Run

November 11th, 2012

Inspired by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol’s appearance today on Fox News Sunday.

 

“It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires. It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer.” — conservative commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol today on Fox News Sunday

 

“He ain’t gonna let the top two percent escape justice
And get richer and richer while only regular people pay taxes.”
Steve Miller Band (slightly paraphrased)

 

Dems want to let that high-end tax rate expire,

Which shouldn’t Repubs with fear inspire.

 

What they should fear is the alternative

If they don’t on this small tax increase give.

 

A mere 4.6% higher tax rate is cheap,

For billions in benefits the rich still reap.

 

I understand that some from the prospect of higher rates have recoiled

And by decades of tax cuts for the rich have been spoiled.

 

But it’s not realistic to expect no tax increases ever:

Those happy days couldn’t last forever.

 

The stage is set, and you can no longer forestall.

Wouldn’t you rather the resulting increase be small?

 

An itch that’s not scratched just keeps getting worse,

Especially if Dems increase control over the power of the purse.

 

Think of it as a business expense,

And it’s just a measly 4.6 cents.

 

The piper must be paid sooner or later:

If you don’t pay now, the cost will be greater.

 

So I suggest you take the rest of your money and run:

Otherwise, the tax increase you end up with might be less fun.

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Here’s Bill Kristol 11/11/12 on Fox News Sunday.
 

Here’s your theme music, Take the Money and Run by the Steve Miller Band, followed by a scene from Woody Allen’s movie (his first) of that same name. Congressional Republicans and members of the 1 percent: you can be Virgil Starkwell, or you can be heroes (maybe you’ll even get a marching band)–your choice.

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