If you’ve ever been brave enough to watch a few minutes of Fox News, Newsmax, or other right-wing networks, then there’s an good chance you’ve seen Ben Shapiro, who is listed as the “editor emeritus” of the extremely conservative website The Daily Wire, which pumps out all sorts of lies, disinformation, and conspiracy theories that the tinfoil hat wearing crowd laps up like honey.
Shapiro (along with some other deplorable right-wing asshats) watched President Joe Biden’s speech to a join session of Congress on Wednesday evening and was outraged by the fact that the president has plans to fund some of his programs for infrastructure and education by raising taxes on large corporation and the richest Americans.
According to Shapiro, the rich already pay too many taxes:
Shapiro’s co-host, Jeremy Boering (never has a person had a more appropriate last name), then joined the conversation, gladly seconding what Shapiro had said and then going further:
As you’d expect, what Shapiro and Boering said is complete bullshit.
The poor are taxed very heavily. It’s just that their tax burden is on items they buy to survive: Food, housing, medicine. Oh, and there’s also the payroll tax that comes out of paychecks. And to top it all off, many lower income Americans also wind up paying income taxes too, usually at the federal and state level.
It’s no surprise that right-wing douchebags want to make sure the rich get richer. They’ve been playing that same tune for decades, but their dreams of a trickle-down economic miracle never pan out. Why? Because supply side economic policy doesn’t work and never will.
The real reason people like Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boering don’t want to raise taxes on the well-to-do is simple: They’re greedy assholes with a massive sense of entitlement.
Want to see the vast majority of Americans stand up and cheer? Raise the top tax rate on the richest to 75% and tell the millionaires and billionaires that if they don’t like it, intercontinental flights are leaving every hour from the nearest airport.