Compromise would be an end to the left’s class warfare. It would require an acknowledgement from Democrats that wealthy Americans are not the bad guys who don’t pay their fair share. Since when is about 40% of one’s income not a fair share? And that’s just the federal bite. Add state and local income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and fees and the “wealthy” are paying over 50% of their income to the tax man. It would require an acknowledgement that all legitimate businesses — big and small — are the engines of economic success. It would require that the right stop worrying about the “messaging” and stand up for everyone’s right to pursue happiness, not just the middle-class and small business owners.
Compromise is not taxing one group to appease another. Compromise is not spending more here and less there. Compromise is not ignoring the exponential growth of the entitlement programs that are fueling the exponential growth of this liberty-killing national debt.
Compromise is starting with the reality that the government needs to stop spending, get smaller, tax everyone less and get out of our way.
Compromise would be an understanding that every single nickel the federal government has was taken from individual Americans (and that includes corporations which are simply groups of people). The government can’t create wealth. Government can only redistribute wealth — something President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats believe in and the reason America tossed Nancy and her cohorts into the minority. Americans who believe in the Constitution as written do not like wealth redistribution because it just isn’t in the Constitution and runs counter to every principle established by the Constitution.
So, compromise would simply be prioritizing what gets cut first and working from there. As a conservative, I’ll offer massive cuts to the Defense Department, which I will be the first to admit has plenty of worthless bureaucrats. Now, my friends on the left, you come to the table with Labor, HUD, Education, Commerce, Energy, Transportation, HHS and every welfare program and entitlement on the books. Then we can move on to tax cuts and cutting the red tape. That would be the beginning of honest compromise.
Mark Corallo is the owner of Corallo Media Strategies, Inc, an Alexandria, Virginia Public Relations firm.