Tax-Cutting, Wealthy Massachusetts Pols With Weird Religions

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September 7th, 2012

Let’s examine this candidate for President of the United States, through the eyes of his critics:

  • He was born into a life of privilege, enjoying a wealthy (and largely white) world
  • He was groomed for a career in politics in by his ambitious father
  • He attended private schools, later graduating from Harvard… ultimately launching a successful political in Massachusetts
  • He favors tax cuts for his wealthy friends and as means to buoy the economy
  • He practices an obscure, strange religion, not followed by previous Presidents
  • He had little in the way of foreign policy experience
  • He has movie star good looks, a dry wit, a telegenetic presence, and a beautiful, elegant wife

And yet, despite his non-traditional, elite background — and his Catholic faith — John F. Kennedy was elected America’s 35th President of the United States. And, as the polls are showing, so will JFK’s doppelgänger, Mitt Romney.

Kennedy’s Massachusetts roots were not too liberal for the rest of America.  The Pope did not seize control over the United States because of Kennedy’s Catholic faith.  And – despite Kennedy’s privileged, Caucasian upbringing – minorities made historic strides in his administration.

Most importantly, Kennedy understood – as does Mitt Romney – why cutting income taxes actually results in more tax revenue coming in… as spending increases, new jobs are created, and more worked pay into the tax system.  For example:

“Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues to the federal government.”

– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 17, 1963, annual budget message to the Congress, fiscal year 1964

“It is no contradiction – the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today’s economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates.”

– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 21, 1963, annual message to the Congress: “The Economic Report Of The President”

“A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues.”

– John F. Kennedy, Sept. 18, 1963, radio and television address to the nation on tax-reduction bill

Clearly, Romney’s economic message and Kennedy’s are amazingly consistent.  Even more, examine the following remarks from Kennedy’s Inaugural address:

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”
  • “…the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”
  • “For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.”

These words — service, sacrifice, and personal responsibility — could be lifted straight from the Romney website…. and are the antithesis of the Big Government, small military themes of Barrack Obama.

Of course, there is always the question: “Is Mitt Romney too rich to be President?”  Dr. Norman Berdichevsky, writing for the Florida Political Press, notes that while Democrats accuse Romney of being out-of-touch with the average American because of his wealth – all of it he earned personally, without the benefit of an obscene inheritance – Romney’s net worth pales in comparison to past Democratic icons such as:

  • John F. Kennedy: Inheritance – His father, Joseph Kennedy, was one of the richest men in America, amassing his wealth through bootlooging, insider trading, and stock manipulation.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: Inheritance – His parents were land barons, and his grandparents were slave-owning plantation operators in Georgia.
  • Al Gore: Inheritance and “Hollywood Wealth” – Comes from a wealthy and influential Tennessee family, with multi-million dollar inheritances coming from his and his wife’s families.  His net worth, driven by the now-debunked “Inconvenient Truth,” and eco-alarmist lectures, is pegged at $100 million.  He is also reportedly an heir to the Armand Hammer estate, estimated at $200 million.
  • John Kerry: Marrying-up – the wealthiest U.S. Senator’s first wife was worth an estimate $100 million; he later married a rich widow (five years his elder) whose husband died and left her a $500 million inheritance
  • John Edwards: Ambulance chaser – though his fortune is much smaller than the others, and “only” $54 million, and he appears to be “self made,” Edwards earned his money the new-fashioned way: he sued people.  Most of Edwards’ wealth comes from awards won as a medical malpractice and personal-injury attorney.  Next time you are in the emergency room, and they charge you $10 for a 15-cent aspirin, thank John Edwards.

By comparison, Mitt Romney is a decent, successful, self-made man.  And while his fortune is considerable, he can say something that none of Democrats above can: he made his money on his own, honestly, while giving considerable sums to charity.

Sounds pretty much like the American Dream.

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2 Comments to “Tax-Cutting, Wealthy Massachusetts Pols With Weird Religions”

  • Profile photo of Jim Pease Jim Pease says:

    1963 was a far cry from 2012 the defense spending has increased almost 400% from 1963 what was rational in 1963 is insane now. in 1963 the cold war raged against a real foe we now spend far more to fight a group of sheep herders and goat tenders. we are not defending our shores but attacking across the world. to what end? AS corporation merge with Government we face a different enemy…our greed.

    “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
    ― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier two time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor

  • Profile photo of Jim Pease Jim Pease says:

    BUT: his foreign policy advisers are the neocons of George W Bush his unknown policy seems to be continuation of the Bush Mideast policy that proved so disastrous. the price of tax cuts in the current situation were we as of 2008 we paid almost 500 billion per year just in interest for the national debt. to affix a tax cut is insanity to mention in the same breath with the deficit. I’m no fan of Obama but Mitt is unelectable by the information he has chosen to provide. His policy changes by the audience as far as I can tell, his investments are hidden so malfeasance is possible just by his few policy positions. Is this the best we can do? an organizer or profiteer…not much choice for America