To the editor:
To paraphrase Shakespeare: “That which we call a tax, by any other name would smell as frightening.”
What do I mean by any other name? Is there any such thing as another name for taxes?
The Republicans cry through the halls of Congress “No taxes! No taxes! No taxes!”
By now, many of us have gotten wise to that being a code phrase for continuing the present situation under which billionaire owned U.S. corporations do not pay a cent in taxes since their money is camouflaged in places like the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.
“Cut spending! Cut spending! Cut spending!” the Republicans, goaded by their Tea Party extremists, cry.
By that, they mean no after school programs for public school children, no free lunches for poor kids, no increase in minimum wage above starvation level, cuts in Medicare and Social Security, an end to unemployment benefits, the destruction of unions, the denial of health care …The list goes on. Yet all of those items have something in common. They are a tax on the middle class and the poor. Yes; if a law limits our ability to live with some decency and dignity it can certainly be called an instrument of taxation.
Thus we have “a tax by any other name.” The tax is defined by which class pays it.
When confronted by this, Republicans respond, disingenuously, that their plan will save our economy, when, in fact, the way to start our economy is to more effectively equalize our tax base and invest in job training and start up businesses, with the education to staff them, an end to our wasteful environmental practices, and the return of employment and consumer purchasing power.
Republican “trickle down” strategy is, actually, a design for increasing the gulf between the super rich and every middle class and poor person in this country.