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Fmr Dem lawmaker cheers Warren’s tax code, it’s like ‘looting mansions’

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On Friday, a former Illinois state senator expressed his support for Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s radical “wealth tax” on the basis that implementing it would be like robbing the rich, which for some reason he thinks would be a good thing.

A day before this happened, renowned economist Michael R. Strain published a column at Bloomberg warning that Warren’s plan would be like “looting mansions.”

“Warren’s wealth tax would be an abuse of government power,” he wrote. “It is the tax-code equivalent of looting mansions. What is wrong with the way these 75,000 families made their money? Why should we have special tax rules for a tiny fraction — 0.06% — of households?”

“Paying taxes is not a punishment, and the tax code should not be used to penalize any group of citizens. Not even the very rich.”

Responding to this column, former Illinois state Sen. Daniel Biss took Strain’s own words and twisted them slightly to make a stunningly dangerous non-point point.

“Counterpoint: ‘Warren’s wealth tax is an extremely good idea. It is the tax-code equivalent of looting mansions,'” he wrote in his rewrite of Strain’s column.

Look:

He was dead serious about it too. The proof? Just pull up his Twitter feed and scroll through it. He’s a big, big, big government advocate who often tweets or retweets far-left proposals.

One proposal published by him and a co-author in the Chicago Sun-Times calls for “deploying public capital in a way that aligns with our values.”

“So let’s re-envision what our economy should look like,” the piece reads. “And while we’re fighting to change the rules, let’s start deploying public capital in a way that aligns with our values.”

“Some immediate steps could include: moving public money away from private equity investments that bankrupt companies and hurt workers, training investment managers in-house to consider a bottom line that marries our values and need for steady returns, and using the public’s investment power to take activist positions on gun manufacturer boards to force an industry shift on smart gun technology.”

That’s pretty radical stuff …

Is it as radical as his latest idea, though? That’s up to you to decide. What’s known is that, as of Saturday afternoon, Biss’s whole ‘rob the rich’ tweet boasted nearly three times as many replies as retweets. And as can be seen below, most of the replies were critical — highly so:

The latter Twitter user had a point. Every left-wing campaign to punish “bad people” has inevitably backfired on the left. Take the failed campaigns against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Covington Catholic High School boys and, more recently, Department of Labor senior adviser Leif Olson.

In response to these campaigns, the right has become far more willing to wage the same grade of warfare against the left — except that the right appears to be far superior at achieving its goals.

This week, for instance, University of Alabama Dean of Students Jamie Riley resigned after Breitbart exposed old tweets of his that were anti-American and anti-police. Once upon a time, society would have likely just shrugged off his tweets. But thanks to the very rules invented by the left — rules as radical as the ideas proposed daily by Biss — Riley had to pay a price. Oh well.

The question remains, will Biss have to one day pay a price for his rules and ideas … ?

Vivek Saxena

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