There’s a great column at the New York Post today by Kyle Smith called Wealth inequality isn’t a ‘crisis’ — and voters know it.
Smith takes on the losing strategy of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — whom he refers to as the Grandpa Simpson of Economics.
Inequality certainly is a symptom of a persistent underlying condition: It may be the leading cause of bulls–t in America today. To put it simply, there is no inequality crisis.
The American tendency to respect, and expect, success runs counter to the progressive plan to tax it away. Not only does constant chatter about inequality tend to make Americans more supportive of free enterprise, but it also leads to a blanket suspicion about what the regulatory and taxation elves really mean to do.
It’s interesting to me that in contrast to Clinton and Sanders who vilify wealth and attack Free Market Capitalism, the frontrunner on the Republican side is a very successful businessman. I think that says a lot about how most Americans feel about wealth — they’d like to achieve it themselves.
Attacking the wealthy may work in college classrooms, but in the real world, where many of the people depend on a wealthy businessman for their jobs, wealth is something to aspire to, not attack.
Smith’s column discusses this excellently, and I recommend you read it.
He even points out that the Obama Administration stopped focusing on “income inequality” when poll testing showed it was a no-win subject.
A Washington Post piece last year delicately noted that Obama was laying off the inequality rhetoric because of “Democratic polling that found that talking about income inequality does not register strongly with the American public and risks accusations of class warfare.”
But “progressives,” (AKA Liberals, AKA Leftists, AKA Socialists) are one-trick ponies. They cannot win people over by the power of their ideas, so they try to win people over using anger, resentment and vengeance.
As Smith points out, “Even Americans of below-average income react negatively to inequality rhetoric.”
What I loved most about this column was Smith’s referring to Sanders’ supporters at Sandersnistas.
That made me laugh nearly as much as the Grandpa Simpson of economics line.
And, of course, it gave me an image idea.
Read the whole column HERE.
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