"That's not fair. It's not competitive. It's not good for Minnesota's recovering economy." – Minneapolis Star Tribune, Editorial Board 2/2/2013
"When bullets are flying and bombs falling, there are no atheists in foxholes; nor are there so many liberals on the Star Tribune Editorial Board." – Craig Westover, Minneapolis Star Tribune 2/7/2013
We have a lot of funny jokes in Minnesota (and some not so funny jokes – have you heard the one about Al Franken getting elected to the US Senate?). One particular jab is a common reference to one of the Twin Cities major newspapers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, known affectionately in some circles as the Red Star Tribune. As MN Republican spokesperson Craig Westover points out in a commentary in the Red Star Tribune entitled, All taxes do harm, not just those Star Tribune might pay, the Tribune’s editorial board “had a come-to-Jesus economic revelation: taxes have unseen negative consequences that ultimately hurt the people they intend to help.”
The Star Tribune’s editorial board is as expected to support tax increases as the sun is expected to rise. The paper is, however, promoting opposition to one specific tax hike agenda: Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal to push a sales tax on business-to-business transactions like, for example, say…the Minneapolis Star Tribune paying accountants and lawyers. The editorial board of the paper has suddenly been taken over by Grover Norquist!
The paper manages, without awareness of its own hypocrisy, to cite the very core arguments that conservatives make against tax hikes (of course, conservatives believe this applies to everyone whereas the Tribune can only see the reality – and speak out – when it hurts them directly). The editorial states that this type of tax increase on businesses would actually hurt middle class Minnesotans who “would wind up paying tax hikes hidden in higher prices and, for workers in the most affected industries, in lower wages and lost jobs.”
The Tribune has still not printed my one-word submission in response: “Duh.”
As I’m tempted to include in virtually every thing I write: with the Left, it’s always about the ‘who’ and never about the ‘what’.
And this isn’t some small mom & pop hemp rope manufacturer – this is big business. Next to George W. Bush and flatulent cattle, I thought big, evil corporations represented the one thing that kept leftists up nights. And make no bones about it - the Star Tribune is big business. Its last actual sale, in 2006, was for over $500 million. Its former CEO took in $7 million on an $800,000 salary. The paper, the 15th largest in the country, has been boasting increased readership. As the pro-tax leftists like to say, surely these wealthy executives can afford a hit on their own incomes rather than punish employees, customers and society – a view I’m willing to bet was shared by the Tribune’s editorial board prior to the governor’s State of the State address.
No one likes to be taxed. But some people love to tax others.
Hypocrisy and inconsistency on taxes is not unique to major newspapers. Remember ObamaCare? The partisan boondoggle that was going to show us once and for all that there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch? We’ll put aside the Obama transition from the pre-election denial about large cuts to Medicare in order to fund ObamaCare to the recent (post-election) announcement that says…well, you get the picture.
Instead, let’s look again at taxes. Seventeen Democrats in the Senate, oblivious to rules of consistency and principle, signed a letter to the Harry Reid in December pleading with the Majority Leader to delay medical device tax increases scheduled to go into effect on 1/1/2013 (note that the letter was sent in during the seven weeks between the election and the effective date though ObamaCare was passed almost three years earlier).
The letter subtly references harm that tax increases will cause, citing the number of people the industry employs, the impact the industry has on trade and the importance for the US to maintain a “global leadership position in the medical technology industry and keep good jobs here at home.” The assertion is that the industry needs more time to figure how to comply with the tax but the implication is obvious: taxes hurt everyone.
Otherwise, the question becomes: why is the medical device industry (or a newspaper for that matter) unique? Every major business that President Obama and Democrats target in their class warfare rhetoric employs large numbers of people, have bottom lines to maintain, debts to pay, investors to reward, positions of competition in the country and the world to maintain. Seventeen US Senators – and these aren’t just low level, nameless politicians; these signers represent the star power among the big spending, big taxing Democrat Party – have had to without shame, plead for the government to not punish their own special interests by enacting what they generally consider to be sound, fair fiscal policy.
As I quote Senator Klobuchar above, it’s notable that a Democrat is using the same class warfare language they use to promote tax hikes on the rich to argue for…not hiking taxes on the rich!
All of these Senators voted for ObamaCare at a time when it was clear that the country was not ready for it. And now they are willing to ignore their core economic philosophies in order to shield yet more wealthy, evil corporations from suffering under their own belief system. I thought it was unpatriotic for the wealthy to not spread it around to those in need, particularly when talking about the 150 billion Americans with pre-existing conditions and no health care.
Delaying the tax hike, according to the letter, “will benefit patients, innovators and boost our country’s economic growth.”
My follow up letter-to-the-editor will be something along the lines of: “Duh.”
I’d love to segue this into spending and sequestration and pose the question as to why a tiny cut in federal spending will lead to first responders dying and planes falling out of the sky, but there is only so much core Democrat hypocrisy I can cram into one article.
To agree with Nancy Pelosi, we indeed do not have a spending problem. We have a Democrat problem.