Fixing the Tax Code With Mao's 'Little Red Book'
If you want to read between the lines for politicians, it helps if you know what book they‚Äôre reading. In the case of liberal would-be tax fixer Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), it appears to be Mao‚Äôs ‚ÄúLittle Red Book.‚ÄĚ
Wyden, according to the July 24 Washington Post, ‚Äúhas made it his mission to force Congress to rewrite the entire tax code.‚ÄĚ Wyden‚Äôs plan isn‚Äôt particularly new ‚Äď it‚Äôs another left-wing attempt at soaking the rich. According to the Post, ‚ÄúWyden‚Äôs Fair Flat Tax Act would lower taxes for millions of middle-income families, in part by raising taxes on some corporations and also on wealthy people with significant investment income.‚ÄĚ
Post writer Jeffrey H. Birnbaum did his best to put a positive spin on the traditional liberal game, but he did enlighten readers about the origin of the plan through this Wyden quote: ‚ÄúThis is the beginning of the long march.‚ÄĚ
History buffs will recall that the term ‚Äúlong march‚ÄĚ dates to 1934 and refers to the massive retreat by Communist forces in
The event became part of the Mao myth as he went on remake
The Post column, entitled ‚ÄúOregon Senator Wants to Take On the Burden of Fixing the Tax Code,‚ÄĚ didn‚Äôt mention that. It didn‚Äôt even take issue with a liberal senator (2005 Americans for Democratic Action rating of 95) trying to co-opt both conservative tax-fixing plans ‚Äď the FairTax and flat tax by using both in the name of his own bill.
Instead, Birnbaum depicted the tax battle as one between Wyden and ‚Äúlobbyists, especially corporate lobbyists.‚ÄĚ According to the Post, Wyden said ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs past time, ‚Äėto take on the special interests.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Apparently, he didn‚Äôt cite Mao‚Äôs solution for dealing with opponents.