The Envious One Percenters
Earlier this month, The Brenner Brief reported on the video made by the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) called “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale.” It is worth noting that this was posted on their website for the edification of the public. It is a rich account (no pun intended) of how the left sees public services as “poorly funded” because the evil rich get away without paying their “fair share” of taxes.
This eight minute video is narrated by actor Ed Asner, well-known for his role in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and more recently in the animated film, “Up.” His political views include supporting Obama, Obamacare and the movement to bring single-payer health care to California. He is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
To watch this fairy tale — and fairy tale it is indeed — is priceless. If this isn’t a dumb-downed cliché for the CFT to make their point of their greed for taxing the rich, then it’s true to the conservative cause that anyone who has gone through the California public school system is either dense and/or uneducated. Of course, there is no mention of government having perhaps had a hand in the “widening economic inequality.” No, the left sees the causes of our economic problems, whether in California or our nation as a whole, are because of the greedy, selfish rich.
The CFT has since taken down the video and it is now marked private.
What is the reason for the left’s hatred of the rich? When I ponder this question, I can come up with only one answer: envy.
From first-hand experience working with leftists, vis-à-vis outward Democrats but secret Socialists or Communists, their petty envy expressed itself in various ways. Some ways are so perverse as to impose their opinions as to whether I needed a certain dental procedure, or to what type of eyeglasses and how many pairs I was allowed in their view to buy.
Apparently, in their progressive opinion, I was spending too much money, whether through my insurance provider, or out of my own pocket. Why would they make it their business to get involved with how I spend my money? Was it envy they felt when I had something they did not, or could not afford themselves?
Not limited to only politicians and teachers’ unions, hardcore Communist Democrats in every day society that we may chance to meet use Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” as their chosen method of harassment. One of the rules is to ridicule and humiliate anyone they opine as not on board with Communism, taxing the rich, or living in austerity. The message, whether implicit or explicit, is that “you are greedy.”
In “The Left: Where Greed Meets Envy” by David P McKinley at Americanthinker.com, he points that the real sin is not greed, but envy. Out of the Ten Commandments, one is: “You shall not covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Ex. 20:17 [NIV]).
True to what he says, it’s a good place to start, and McKinley goes on to say, “Envy is often disguised as righteous indignation against some perceived iniquity. Lately, that iniquity is most often the putative greed of others.”
Greed is not limited to the desire to acquire money, but also in the desire for power. The very “greed” that the left points out is bad is what forms the left’s principle that they are driven by greed to control others. Like McKinley writes, “There is a big difference between wanting to spend one’s own money and seeking the authority to tell others how they should spend theirs.”
Sometimes I wonder if the left’s envy comes from a deeper psychological issue that deep down they feel undeserving of living a fulfilled life. It doesn’t explain rich people, such as Ed Asner, who wants to “tax the rich.” True to form, Californians most often vote to increase their own taxes.
Frédéric Bastiat said, “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” I might modify that statement to say, “Unions are the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”
In this last election, the California Teachers Association (CTA) fought to defeat proposition 32 (and won), a proposition that would allow union members to voluntarily pay their union dues. Both the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers take in over $200 million a year but pay no taxes because they have a special exempt status with the IRS. Teachers pay CTA $647 annual dues and the CFT a mere $419. With the combination of their income and tax exempt status, the teachers’ unions are the 1 percent. No hypocrisy there.
- California Teachers Union Video: Rich Urinate on Poor (thebrennerbrief.com)
- Tax the Rich (An Animated Fairy Tale) (ritholtz.com)
- Ed Asner Pisses Off Fox (drudge.com)
- Viewpoints: Why does teachers’ union video promote envy? (sacbee.com)
- Ed Asner: Fox News host Sean Hannity ‘behind on his rabies shots’ (rawstory.com)