Calling themselves “patriotic millionaires,” these guys are lobbying Congress, asking our federal legislators to raise taxes on the rich.
The folks at the Daily Caller decided to see how serious these folks were, attending “their press conference with an iPad, which displayed the Treasury Department’s donation page, to find out if any of the ‘patriotic millionaires’ were willing to put their money where their mouth is.”
They scoff at volunteering to donate. Look, I’ll take seriously only those members of this group who voluntarily agree to send in an amount no less than 1% of the total gross income (in addition to their existing tax) to the federal government.
Watching the same video, Ed Morrissey asks, “So what’s the lesson here?” And answers:
True patriots won’t volunteer, but insist on being drafted before coming to this nation’s service? That’s certainly a unique view of “patriotism,” isn’t it? That’s because “patriotism” isn’t what drives this message — it’s ideology. It would be equally “patriotic” to demand that the federal government return to a level of spending that we had just a few years ago, when the federal government spent one out of every five dollars rather than one out of every four in the American economy.
If you guys are serious, just give Uncle Sam the money.