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Thursday, February 5, 2009

George Bush, the Poster Child for Inheritance Tax Reform

George Bush, arguably (with a few anyway) the worst president ever, got to that position from his family wealth and power. He certainly didn’t do anything in his life that qualified him for the job. He barely got through college and was known for his drinking and drugging during that period. When it came time to support his country and fight in Vietnam, his influential poppy got him a cushy assignment in the Air National Guard. And he didn’t excel there, but actually when AWOL before his time was up. From there he had numerous attempts at starting oil company on money Saudi Arabia gave him because they liked his poppy and his daddy’s influence. He went from job to job but had no affinity to even work. He was accused of insider trading where he made millions but was cleared by the SEC which some feel were influenced by friends of his poppy. He made a cool $14 million on his investment in the Texas Rangers. Not through anything he did mind you, but because a friend of his poppy wanted to be very generous to the son of the president of the country. George W. Bush became the president of the United States, not because he was qualified, but because he had the wealth and influence of his family behind him.

The founding fathers of this country fought against the tyranny of power wielded by the wealthy. They were against rule by heredity because they saw the tyranny it could bring. This is why they supported heavy taxes on inherited wealth. Inherited wealth, not taxed, will accumulate over generations and thus build family dynasties and the tyranny that can come with it.

Thomas Paine said in his pamphlet “Common Sense”: “One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of (the) hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.” This means that in nature the strongest prevail, the strongest earn their power, however, heredity can give man an “ass” for a leader. If you didn’t get it, George W. Bush is the ass Tom Paine was talking about.

The rich republicans what to get rid of the inheritance tax so that they can build the tyrannical dynasties that our founding fathers fought so hard against.

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