**Posted by Phineas
Comrade Congresswoman Schakowsky this much: she’s at least honest, although I’m sure it wasn’t intentional. On the Don Wade & Roma Show on WLS-AM this morning, the host tried to tie her down on the question of how high the tax rate should be:
“I think you need to pay your fair share for things we’ve decided are our national priorities,” Schakowsky added.
Host: So Jan Schakowsky, out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?
Schakowsky: What is really your question here? Do you think you should not contribute to firefighters?
Host: No, no, it’s a very simple question. Out of every dollar I earn, how much do you, Jan Schakowsky, think I deserve to keep?
Schakowsky: No, it’s not a simple question. No, it is not a simple question. I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it.
Schakowsky: It’s not a question of deserving. What government is, is those things we decide to do together.
That last line is probably garbled. I think she meant to say:
“…those things we, your betters who are so much wiser than you, decide you want.”
However, the congresswoman committed the cardinal sin of modern American Socialism: she forgot to be stealthy about her intentions. Having failed to provoke revolution in the 60s and early 70s, mainstream American Socialism coalesced around the idea that it was better to disguise their true intentions behind the honeyed words of “communitarianism” and “shared values,” while working for incremental, instead of revolutionary change. They were supposed to be open just amongst themselves, at conferences only they paid attention to and journals only they read. (Because they’re too turgid and abstruse for most folks. And bloody dull.) But Schakowski, an open member of the Democratic Socialists of America, probably forgot she wasn’t on wholly safe ground.
Shouldn’t blame her too much, though. Even her party leader couldn’t hide his inner Socialist completely.
Remember, your money is not your property, peasant. It is at the service of the State.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)