By Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo
In the mid-late 80s I was a manager at Domino’s Pizza. What a concept: Pizza in 30 minutes or less and Coke. That was it. Not 18 different products. Just Pizza and Coke and we’d get it to you in 30 minutes or less or you’d get it for free. It was the delivery system that was the selling point. Once the word got out, it was hard to keep up with the demand.
This isn’t a model that only works for selling pizzas — it is a proven formula promoting anything. Radio shows, cookies, tire stores, fast food, diapers (you get the picture) and even political messages. In this sense, Republicans are failing and Democrats are getting it right. Of course, much of what the president and his surrogates say and do regarding the economy, tax policy, regulation, energy policy is straight out of bizarro world. Yet, many Americans still firmly support what they’re being fed.
For example; The Buffet Rule – what is it? In essence, it’s a punitive tax increase for the evil Americans who have an income of a million dollars a year or more. This is not a payroll-income tax increase because people with that kind of income already pay the highest rate of 35 percent. This is an increase in the capital gains and/or dividend tax rate from 15 percent to 30 percent. That’s right, this administration which constantly talks about how we need more investment in our future and our economy wants to punish those with the wherewithal to actually do that investing.
Instead of being honest, the liberals are controlling the message and repeatedly say people who have succeeded are suddenly paying less taxes than their secretary. They said it once. Then repeated it. Then said it again, again, and again ad nauseam until a recent poll shows 50, 60 or 70 percent of Americans agree with the “Buffet Rule.”
Along with the lie that Warren Buffet pays less than his secretary (incidentally, he pays less than all of us as he currently owes $1 billion in back taxes that he’s fighting), this president has also said over and over again, ‘everyone should pay their fair share.’ Well, who’s going to disagree with that? I wholeheartedly agree with the president. What he leaves out is that 53 percent of us are paying ALL of the taxes while 47 percent either pay nothing or get more back than they pay.
Yes, Mr. President, I’ll support any legislation that forces those living off of MY hard work to pay, but his next line in the message is usually something to the affect of, “in 2001 and 2003, the richest Americans received a huge tax cut they didn’t ask for and many didn’t want.” What really happened was, EVERYONE who paid income taxes received a tax break by then president George W. Bush. It wasn’t just the rich. It was all of us.
Obama insinuates that the American middle class will somehow benefit directly from the president making the “evil rich” pay “their fair share.” The majority, who polls say are for it, think they’ll get it. What a crock. Washington would get it. You know, the Washington where the president lives and is running an estimated $1.3 TRILLION budget deficit, and the home of the administration that said NO to the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline, the home of the Justice Department that’s played dumb when asked direct questions about the gun-walking Fast and Furious program which lead to the death of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona. A good argument can be made that the Big Media is partnering with the Democrats in purveying that message, but it doesn’t help when the front-running Republican is on the campaign trail talking about how he “loves grits.”
Here’s what I suggest: every and anytime there’s a camera, microphone, video phone, et al, EVERY SINGLE Republican politician or candidate should say, “why is this president trying so hard to kill jobs? Why is this president trying to stop fortunate Americans from investing in our children’s future? Why is this president attacking the oil industry — an industry that directly or indirectly employs NINE MILLION people? Why won’t this president stop borrowing money from China?
Instead, we’re hearing Republicans and Conservatives reacting instead of acting. The time has come to put this administration on its heels by telling the truth about how it’s run this country into the poor house and how another four years of this mess could be the end of this country as we know it. In the president’s most recent weekly address he spewed half-truth after boldface lie. He said, “We’ve tried this trickle-down experiment before. It doesn’t work.” It’s easy to remember and verify that then President Reagan lowering the top tax rate from 70 to 50 to 28 percent was the catalyst to fixing Jimmy Carter’s failures. More than 20 million jobs were created in this country in Reagan’s eight years. But, why worry about the facts when you can make up an alternative reality that fits your needs and if you repeat it enough, the public will start believing it.
I’m calling out every Republican from local government to county to state to federal to raise your game. Get the message straight and say it over and over again until you feel like you’ve said it too much. Then, say it some more.