Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"tax the rich" says Ed Asner

This video recently posted on the California Federation of Teachers' website, was designed to generate greater public support for increasing taxes on the rich. The following description of the video is quoted from that source:
Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. The 8 minute video shows how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. After you watch this video, click here to share with friends, and send an email to your elected officials to let them know they need to restore higher federal tax rates on the wealthy so that we may once more enjoy properly funded public services.

Link to cft.org posting provided by MoveOn.org

For a conservative response to this cartoon, see Tax the Rich, The Critique.
Also in response, see this article and accompanying video with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, who characterizes the cartoon as "a disgusting hit-piece."

1 comment:

  1. Lorenzo Garibay IIIDecember 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    If California would stop paying state psychiatrists $822,000, a highway patrol officer $484,000 in pay and pension benefits, and paying 17 state employees checks for more than $200,000 for unused vacation and leave ( http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-11/go-west-young-man-new-normal-dream-job-california-state-workers ), they would be able to enjoy “properly funded public services.” There are many more examples of ridiculous state spending in California that are out there if you just search a little. These tax hikes that politicians keep talking about are only about being able to keep blank checks for political purposes. It is not about helping people in the low ends of the economy. Our deficit is too big to fix with tax hikes and government spending is completely out of control. In a perfect world the politicians would have the people in mind but when you have a government bought and paid for by special interest, it is not a government for the people anymore but a government of greed and control. To solve any of our problems these tax hikes would have to spread to the middle class.

    This first article shows how income tax rates have to shift to (already crushed) middle class Americans if the US ever wants to take control of its deficit.


    This second article towards the end talks about how the tax revenues alone will not solve the SPENDING PROBLEM in the US, a problem that the UK is also facing right now.