Raising the top tax rate 4.6 points to 39.6% is a radical idea that will mean the end of capitalism and will fundamentally change America forever.
This is just some of what you hear on the Right when you propose a sensible idea to help reduce the federal deficit. There is nothing profound about raising taxes. There is nothing extreme about asking for those who can afford to pay a little more to do their part to help bring down the deficit. Regardless of whether you like the idea of paying more tax or not, you cannot say a 4.6 point increase in the top tax rate is the death of capitalism and the end of America as we know it. It’s hyperbole and you know it.
Is it possible that Republicans are defending tax cuts for the rich so vehemently because they know it’s bullshit? Is it possible that they know the economy will not suffer when the top tax rate goes up? I’m beginning to think that is the case. That would go a long way to explain their unbelievable stubbornness on this issue.
One side of this debate is proposing something incremental and far from radical to solve a problem, and the other side of this debate is saying (in their best Lewis Black voice):
HOLY SHIT! Look at all these takers. Those fuckers! We’re turning into France! This is un-American. I’m not sure if the whole world is going to end or if it will just be localized to America, but WHOA…FUCK!
Keep in mind that this is just an approximation of the right-wing freak out over tax increases. The response from your local right-wing lunatic may vary.