HipKat Posted March 5 Share Posted March 5 So Bill Maher sat down with Bernie. And as most of you know, I respect him. He's a true throwback to a time when politicians were still worth a shit and worked for the American people. But hoooooooooooooooly shit does infuriate me at times. And in this video he says one of the things that infuriates me more than damn near anything. Bill begins by asking Bernie about student loan forgiveness. Bill labels it a "giveway" and Bernie actually stops him right there and says to Bill that "giveaway" is Bill's term, not Bernie's term. So at this point Bernie is making it clear he does not view this to be a giveaway. But once Bill finishes his question/point, Bernie goes on to define what he believes a giveaway is by using some recent examples. The very first example is tax cuts for the rich under Trump. And in doing this he exposes something that is very common with democratic politicians and people on the left - their belief that the money belongs to them. So if we allow an earner to keep a higher percentage of the money he or she earns, that is a giveaway. Not handing people money they did not earn, but allowing earners to keep more of their money. Now lets not get sidetracked on the wealthy part. We can oppose tax cuts for wealthy without distorting the issue by claiming that tax cuts are a "giveaway". I'm living proof. I opposed the Trump tax cuts but absolutely do not agree with calling it a "giveaway". I will NEVER label a tax cut a giveaway. It is incredibly disrespectful to those that earn. There is a great discussion to be had about what our tax rates should be. But there should be no discussion or debate as to whether or not allowing the people who actually earn the money to keep more it of equals a "giveaway". Its not. Its a tax cut. A giveaway is handing someone something they did not earn. There are plenty of examples where a giveaway may be appropriate or justified. But it is a giveaway. Keeping a higher percentage of one's earnings is not, and never will be, a giveaway. Quote “There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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