Now that the Democratic National Convention is over and everybodys returned home, here is an indisputable truth: The Democrats are riding a losing horse by asking the rich to pay a bit more in taxes.
Because deep down, we all think were going to be rich eventually, and we dont want to be guilty of voting against our own best interests.
Next to Why does every black man with money feel the need to date a Kardashian? the eternal mystery of life for me is Why do so many poor people vote like theyre rich?
The answer is that they dont plan on being poor for long. Sure, they may be uneducated, living in the projects or a ramshackle single-wide with Sweet Thang, Big Mama, Papa Daddy and all the young uns, but they know that as soon as those Elvis commemorative plates they bought as investments in 1982 for the low, low price of $129.95 reach maturity, theyll be able to afford a triple-wide.
In his short story The Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote (The rich) are different from you and me, to which Ernest Hemingway replied Yeah. They have more money.
And, the Democrats added last week, they pay less in taxes.
During his speech Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden lamented that Republicans refused to support a particular bill if it contained one dollar or one cent in new taxes for millionaires.
To which, Im guessing, all the millionaires and soon-to-be-millionaires wink, wink said Amen, even though a Pew Research Center Poll finds that 55 percent of voters favor repealing tax cuts for the wealthy or everyone.
That is, in theory they support the rich paying more taxes. Among all adults, though, the Pew report shows, only 30 percent want tax cuts for the wealthy to expire.
What gives? I already told you. Were all gon be rich one day.
While at the gas station last week getting $2 worth of unleaded and a 50-cent honeybun, I watched as two women scratched off lottery tickets and picked numbers for the Powerball. Girl, whats your cousin Henriettas birthday? one asked.
The USA Today newspaper headline next to the lottery counter said something about Mitt Romneys offshore banking accounts, and one of the lottery players who saw it commented that, as soon as her number hit, she was going to be looking for a tax shelter, too.
That, I concluded, is why the Democrats message of shared sacrifice doesnt seem to be resonating as much as one might think it would. Far from demonizing the wealthy, the Dems are merely asking them to pay a little more to help the poor and middle class.
Thats fair, right?
Not if youre wealthy it isnt. The Republicans doctrine especially as articulated by flash-in-the-pan presidential candidate Herman Cain is that if youre not wealthy, its your own danged fault. Far more disturbing is hearing a variation of that argument in church, where too many preachers of a non-biblical prosperity doctrine stop just short of saying that if you dont have a fancy car, big house and millions in the bank, youre not loving God enough. Or giving them enough.
While the Democrats want the rich to bear more of the tax burden, some Republicans blame the poor economy on the poor. For instance, Romney continues to blame welfare recipients who, thanks to Obamas supposed loosening of requirements, want to just sit back and wait for their checks without looking for work. When called on it by nonpartisan fact-checkers, Romneys pollster Neil Newhouse was quoted as saying, Were not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.
In other words, We dont need no stinkin facts. Were rich. Or will be.