I was headed out to the library but I bopped over to Digby’s to see if she’d posted. She hadn’t but the next young clueless pundit-in-waiting-for-a-paying-gig male who stalks her site had. I don’t know how you felt about your tax return ordeal yesterday but I was shocked by how much I had paid in taxes in my layoff year. Yes, I got some of that back in unemployment benefits but I paid more than I got back. A lot more.
So, I was gobsmacked when I read that apparently my problem with the tax system is due to my racism. Yep, that is my problem. It has nothing to do with the fact that my former salary is high enough that I fit into one of the highest tax bracket but not anywhere near high enough to hit that magic $250,000 sweet spot that everyone is yearning to get to, and now I don’t have a salary at all because some wealthy shareholders decided I was abusing their generosity. It has nothing to do with the fact that my property taxes are outrageous in this township and state income taxes in NJ are meh so that middle class suburbanites end up carrying all the weight for themselves and everyone else.
No, no, I am resentful of the unfair tax system because I am white and I don’t want to pay for poor black and hispanic people. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with my anger that the rich managed to get out of their fiduciary obligations. Apparently, it is not my concern that I will not be able to put away money for my kid’s college education or my own retirement that makes me opposed to further tax increases. It’s not my opposition to the wars sucking up so much taxpayer wealth or faith-based initiatives that are actively promoting the relegation of women or gay people to second class status. It isn’t my informed indignation that we pay a hell of a lot in taxes compared to the Europeans (I have the return to prove it) but get very little in return in government services. Our healthcare costs are outrageous ($960/month on COBRA, the cost just went up), tuition is unaffordable, and every service that gets privatized means that it will cost more for us to use it.
No, all of that is irrelevant. The only reason I am opposed to higher taxes is because I don’t like black people. Nevermind that I’m not actually a racist.
Is it any wonder why independents, even independent liberal Democrats in Exile can’t stand Democrats, especially the young, white, male twit variety of Democrat? It doesn’t even matter that some of his proposed solutions are worth discussing. I can’t get past the idea that once again, in a major election year, I am a racist.