We reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in defense contracting and medical billing, and raise taxes on the ‘Fortunate 500’ – The 500 wealthiest Americans – to cover the short-fall.
- The plan is simple enough for a bumper sticker; lots of people envy the rich; ‘Fortunate 500’ is clever and memorable.
- The rest of us won’t pay higher taxes.
- People naturally oppose bad things. Waste, fraud, and abuse are all bad things – abusive, fraudulent, and wasteful. Opposing these, everyone will implicitly support my plan.
- It won’t work, because the Fortunate 500 don’t have anywhere near enough money even if we take every dime, and they’ll have even less the second year of the plan.
- The plan won’t really reduce waste, fraud, or abuse; it will just move it somewhere else. Nothing will significantly reduce waste, fraud, or abuse except Christ Jesus coming in glory to judge the living and the dead, or a more broad and sincere expectation of that.
- Envy is sinful and destructive.
Here’s the bold part
That isn’t really the plan, except the part about promoting envy. The real plan is to tell people that is the plan, then while they’re bickering about whose supporters are more wasteful, fraudulent, and abusive and who among the Fortunate 500 should get a waiver, we sneak down to the basement of the Treasury Building and turn the printing press up to 11.
Then after the election we raise taxes on the middle class.