Ted Kennnedy, demanding financial sacrifice from America’s wealthy during the recent Presidential election:
The President says the war on terrorism requires us to tighten our belts. But he refuses to ask the wealthiest taxpayers to share the burden; in fact, he proposes the opposite. In the midst of repeated calls to sacrifice, he is advocating massive new tax breaks primarily for those with the highest incomes. But under the Bush tax plan already enacted, the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers will each save an average of $50,000 a year. Now he proposes to give each of them even more – an additional $25,000 a year. He sees no need for them to share in the national sacrifice. That policy is wrong. We cannot say it is wartime for the rest of America, but still peacetime for the rich.
That’s all well and good, but what about the sacrifices Teddy is willing to make? Currently there is a plan to build windmills off the coast of the Cape Cod that would provide 75% of the needed power for the Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard communities as well as much of the surrounding areas. Clean, eternally renewable energy no less.
Now these windmills would be located far enough out to see that they’d be visible only as small blips on the horizon, but they would be visible (on clear days) from Teddy’s Cape Cod compound. Is Teddy willing to sacrifice a small portion of the view from his deluxe abode for the greater good?
Which is really sort of amazing, isn’t it? There is almost no downside to these windmills, environmentally or economically, yet it may well be that they won’t get build thanks to the influence of Ted Kennedy and other rich liberals who don’t want to have to look at the windmills while swilling cocktails.
It kind of reminds me of how John Kerry demanded that Americans drive more efficient vehicles he himself trucked around in one of the biggest SUV gas-hots on the market.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.