As previously pointed out, Sanders propagates the myth that he is a democratic socialist who wants the kinder, gentler version of socialism that operates in Scandinavian nations.
The problem is it is a mythology that doesn’t really exist.
As pointed out, in an article appearing on federalist.com Why So Many Millennials Are Socialists, Sanders promotes the image that nations like Denmark, Sweden and Norway offer a far more generous social safety net (with appreciably higher taxes, however). However, they don’t interfere with businesses because they are based on what Sanders calls democratic socialism.
As noted in the last post, by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen stated:
Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.
As noted in the aforementioned article, these countries actually are not socialist, but “socialistic”:[note note_color=”#EBC77B”]To accommodate their massive social welfare spending, these countries opened their economies to free-market forces in the 1990s, sold off state-owned companies, eased restrictions on business start-ups, reduced barriers to trade and business regulation, and introduced more competition into health care and public services.
In fact, today these countries outrank the United States on business freedom, investment freedom, and property rights, according to the Heritage Economic Freedom Index. So, if anything, the lesson from Scandinavian countries is that market reforms, not socialist ones, explain their prosperity.[/note]
So keeping in mind that Sanders lures with mythology let’s take a look at some other Sanders proposals in light of the real world.
According to Sanders website:
If we are serious about reforming the tax code and rebuilding the middle class, we have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations pay their fair share in taxes.
As noted in the first article in this series, 84% of all the taxes collected are already paid by the top 20%. The top 10% pay 53.3% of all taxes. The top 1% pay 24% of all taxes.
Should we kill the goose that laid the golden egg and gut it to see if we can get all those golden eggs out instead of waiting for them? (I wonder if guys like Sanders ever consider who hires all those poor and middle-class people anyway? Does he think it is poor people?)
Nevertheless, let’s take a look at how this has worked recently in France with its socialist President, Francois Hollande.
With France’s high deficit, Hollande promised a super-tax of 75% on individual incomes of over 1 million pounds a year during his 2012 campaign.
It was opposed by the Constitutional Council, made up of 9 judges and 3 former Presidents (les sages- the wise) because it failed to recognize equality before public burdens saying 2 individuals from the same household could be taxed differently.
It was passed anyway.
Hey, they’re socialists. They know what is best for the people more than they do, right?
French actor Gerard Depardieu (Co-Star of the film- Green Card) was attacked as being unpatriotic for saying he was moving over the border to Belgium.
Depardieu pointed out he was not alone. The newspaper Le Parisien produced an interactive map that revealed Switzerland as the country of choice for fiscal refugees including many entertainers and sports stars.
After two years, the tax was dropped, Why? It was supposed to produce 500 million euros per year.
The reform clearly damaged France’s reputation and competitiveness, said Jorg Stegemann, the head of the executive search firm Kennedy Executive. It clearly has become harder to attract international senior managers to come to France than it was.
France was not only losing actors like Depardieu but also business leaders like France’s richest man Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of luxury group LVMH who also took out Belgium nationality.
In short, the measure failed.
In the French example, the reality was that the rich had the means to simply vacate the building. That is, to leave the country.
However, there is no need to leave for the more established wealthy. They already have prepared other responses for themselves on the problem of excessive taxes.
What is more, all of these techniques are completely legal according to our laws.
I’ll bet it didn’t take you too long to figure out those answers, did it?
If the laws change, the wealthy change the legislation to accommodate the changing laws- in their favor.
That’s one of the biggest reasons the tax code grew from a single page in 2013 to the thousands of pages we have today.
If all else fails, the rich can always relocate to a more favorable tax environment as they did in France in 2013 and 2014. There are always nations willing to accept wealthy people to their economies because they know they will bring their money along with them and ultimately enrich the economy.
In answer to the taxation issue, the ultra-rich have several additional one-word answers. The first of those is the word- foundations.
Note: The graduated income tax is the second plank of the Communist Manifesto– a heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
While this form of taxation was being approved in state after state, the wealthy were preparing their own one-word answer- foundations.
As noted in The Rockefeller File by Gary Allen:
By 1910, state after state was approving the 16th amendment, which provided for a graduated income tax, John D. [Rockefeller] read the handwriting on the Congressional wall and, using his “deeply conspiratorial nature,” began making plans to avoid the consequences of the tax by hiding his wealth in the Rockefeller Foundation
Contrary to the income tax being opposed by the wealthy Allen notes, “The fact is that many of the wealthiest Americans supported it.”
You may wonder how that could be. Why would the wealthy want an income tax? Let’s take a closer look.
One of the best ways for the Rockefeller-Morgan insiders to eliminate growing competition was to impose controls on their income while providing an escape hatch for themselves.
It is easier to control or eliminate competition by not having to battle them in the marketplace. but rather to use the coercion of government to exclude them from the marketplace. As Allen notes: “according to many sources, the Rockefellers have as many as 200 trusts and foundations, and it is possible they have hundreds, even thousands more.”
As noted by Ferdinand Lundberg in The Rich and the Super Rich:
What it [the income tax] became, finally was a siphon gradually inserted into the pocketbooks of the general public. Imposed to popular huzzas as a class tax, the income tax was gradually turned into a mass tax in a jujitsu turnaround…
When the income tax was being considered in Congress, the powerful Senate leader and maternal Grandfather of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, formerly opposing it as “communist and socialistic” reversed his stance and threw his support towards it.
The escape hatch was ready. By the time the amendment had been approved by the states, the Rockefeller Foundation was up and running.
Exempting themselves from the burden of taxation, the ultra-rich forced the burden on their competitors. Larger wealthy families followed suit- The Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation, and soon many others.
When John D. Rockefeller Jr. died in 1960, it was expected that his wealth then estimated by Fortune magazine to be between $400 and $700 million. When his estate was probated it added up to approximately $150 million. It turns out that John D. Jr. was busy allocating his fortune to the foundations controlled by the family and trust funds.
As noted by Lundberg in The Rich and Super Rich:
The JDR, Jr., estate paid virtually no inheritance taxes because it was left half to the widow (inheritance tax law) and half to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a foundation.
Thanks to the lawyers they hire and the politicians they own through campaign contributions.
Today foundations still isolate the wealth of the ultra-rich- George Soros with his Open Society Foundation provides funding a gaggle of leftist oriented organizations including racist organizations like La Raza.
The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation had assets of over $247 million in 2013 and donated to organizations like Acorn while receiving money from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and even donors connected to organizations like the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Not all is bad of course but according to a review of IRS documents by the Federalist of the $500 million raised from 2009 to 2012 by the Clinton Foundation, only 15% ($75 million) went to programs. The rest?
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Foundation finances Republican activities but leftist oriented foundations supporting Democrats are much more prolific.
Meanwhile, Democrats, who posture themselves as representing the poor and lower classes, are far wealthier than the Republicans they accuse of being for “big business” and the rich.
Another single word aid to the ultra-wealthy which serves to isolate them from taxes: politicians.
When last checked Bernie Sanders has raised about $140 million. Hillary about $220 million. Ted Cruz about $120 million.
That nasty capitalist Trump only about $37 million, most of it his own money.
Could this be why almost all of those wonderful-sounding campaign promises disappear after the election? By the time they reach office, they owe and are owned by the rich and their corporations.
Mainly an illusion and leftist talking point.
The rich through foundations and legislation armed with high powered lawyers and politicians they have bought are well protected from taxation.
As the French experiment demonstrated, they can also simply up and move to more favorable tax environments as well as taking their wealth and perhaps even jobs for the middle and lower classes along with them.
Bernie’s taxation rhetoric is nothing more than a vote-buying scheme.
It may sound good on the campaign trail. In the end, however, it will bite the hands of the voters who feed into it as Bernie’s socialist scheme always does. (See my post on Venezuela for details.)
The ultra-rich will protect themselves from taxation as they always have done. The middle class without the armor of protection wealth affords will end up fleeced- as always. The poor enslaved as dependents of a government-owned by the ultra-rich.
Higher taxes? A great way to fleece the middle and lower classes- every time.
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