More politics of envy

Back in April, we had a post that consisted simply of a powerful Rich Terrell graphic, without comment—believe me, it needed none.

Then at a press conference today, the Carney man had this to say (via RCP):

"Americans are not like -- 'I demand this, you know, I draw the red line here and I draw this in the sand.' They just want us to get something done that's sensible, that spreads the sacrifice and spreads the prosperity."

Really?  Sure sounds like this:

We have our own local crop of "eat the rich" proponents—some of them even have an "R" after their names—but the one who comes to mind first is Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.  In an op ed from June 22nd:

...we must reform our state income tax structure so that the wealthiest New Yorkers pay their fair share of taxes. I will continue that fight for reform, and perhaps many more New Yorkers will join in that effort as they feel the destructive impact of state budget cuts where they live, work, and send their children to school.

This is a meme, one of a number of stock talking points, that crops up over and over again in Lifton's communications.  What is its origin?  Well, try the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America:

Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America Presents #485:

"Tax, Then Spend in New York State" Charles Dunaway draws on information presented last year by the James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Mike Hirsch, Barbara Lifton and Maria Svart to show that New York State could easily afford to pay for what it needs, if only people would demand a return to earlier income tax rates on top incomes or a return to the stock sales tax that the state once had. Recorded Feb. 16, 2010, March 20, 2010, and February 7, 2011.

The video in question may be found here, along with several others.

In fact, if you poke around these local DSA links, you'll find all sorts of interesting things. 

Babs is not your father's (or grandfather's) Democrat.  Her philosophy is much closer to that of Marx—Karl, not Groucho (although you could make a case....).  

For more info, Assemblywoman Lifton has her own entry at KeyWiki, sister site to New Zeal—she may be pleased to know that she's being observed from halfway around the world.  And type in other local names in the search box at KeyWiki—you never know whose name is liable to pop up.

Instead of dining at the Moosewood, maybe they should give this joint a try:

Thanks to South of 5 and 20 and TR for providing the inspiration.