A little more than a week ago, Sen. John Kerry and other Democrats disclosed that they have begun to explore options through which the federal government can assist the ailing and failing newspaper industry. Chief among those options was tax relief, including but not limited to providing such tax breaks that would allow newspapers to run as nonprofits, therefore reducing or eliminating the tax burden on struggling media outlets. Kerry and his colleagues touted the need for the media’s role as “watchdog,” and said that reducing the tax burden on media companies could help the struggling industry survive.
Yesterday, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, approved a tax break that would allow publishers to take advantage of a 40 percent tax cut in that state’s primary business tax, a move which, according to the Seattle Times, mirrors similar breaks “given in years past to Boeing Co. and the timber industry.”
In doing their best to rescue the newspapers, Democrats are essentially admitting that reducing the tax burden on a particular business or industry can promote necessary growth and stability. At the same time, however, the very same Democrats are pushing cap and trade, a crushingly heavy tax on businesses large and small, all in the name of the manufactured crisis that is global warming. Furthermore, the very same Democrats have supported an increased tax burden on people making more than $250,000 each year, all in the name of social justice.
So, if the industry in question is an essential ingredient in the Democratic Party’s ability to force much of its counterproductive and contraconstitutional agenda, common sense triumphs and the industry is supported with tax cuts; if the industry is nonessential to the party’s perpetuation of power, taxes are increased, and that industry flounders.
How absolutely telling.
Knowing that the reduction of tax burden facilitates success, it’s fair to say that the Democrats are lying when they argue the purity of their motives, when they maintain that their efforts are all in the name of economic recovery. If they reduce taxes out of hope that the newspapers succeed, what does that say about their hopes with regard to the coal industry, to agriculture, health care, and nearly all small business? It should be as clear as day — the Democrats want American mediocrity, plain and simple. Examining their actions with regard to the newspaper industry, considering their zeal in pushing the envelope with regard to IRS tax exemption distinctions, and knowing that the Democrats do indeed understand the impact that a reduced tax burden can have on business and industry, why else would they pursue tax and regulatory actions which would further force business and industry overseas?
It’s almost laughable when you consider how much flak Rush Limbaugh received from the left for his well-publicized comments that he hoped Barack Obama failed in his quest to reshape America. Limbaugh, knowing that the Democrats are actively pushing for the end of American exceptionalism, was hoping that America would retain its place as the world’s superpower. The Democrats chided him for it. To them, American exceptionalism is failure. Mediocrity, social justice and global wealth redistribution is success.