- Posted September 4, 2012 by
Cory Booker: Rich Not Paying More Not Patriotic?
I personally like Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker. I find him usually a breath of fresh air in the political climate. However, Booker just made a statement in his speech to the Democratic National Convention which rubs me the wrong way.
In proclaiming that all Americans should pay their "fair" share of taxes after calling on the "rich" to pay more in taxes, Booker said that paying one's "fair" share when there is a war going on and the nation's economy is in the tank is "only patriotic".
Of course Booker does not define what "fair" is, but he echoed the call of President Barack Obama that the "rich" should be paying a higher percentage of taxes than currently are being paid. Booker insinuated that the "rich" paying more is patriotic and apparently the "rich" who oppose higher taxes or take advantage of the deductions in the tax code are unpatriotic.
The top 2% already pay close to 50% of all taxes paid. There is a large percentage of working Americans who pay no taxes whatsoever. So are the working Americans, who like the "rich" Americans who take advantage of the legal deductions in the tax code also not doing their "patriotic" duty since they are not paying their "fair" share?
Does patriotism only apply to "rich" Americans?
I do agree that all Americans should pay their taxes as required by law. I do agree that failure to pay could be construed as an act of "non-patriotism". But it seems that Booker applies the standard of "patriotism" only to the rich.
Am I misunderstanding?
Booker said it was not class warfare to demand more of the "rich" to pay a higher percentage of taxes because it is the "fair" and "patriotic" thing to do. But it seems to me a continuation of the conquer and divide strategy that the re-election team of President Barack Obama has pursued for the last year and a half.
To me, it is a call to class warfare. To me, it is an attempt not to unite all Americans, but to divide the nation between those who have more and those who have less.
I expected more from Booker.
I guess being taken to the woodshed earlier this year for daring to speak the truth and break from the party line put Booker in his place and made sure the leash was drawn tight.
From the Cornfield, I was hoping the DNC would start off with a more positive note and not a call to arms and division.