The leader of the Taxed Enough Already Party, who has previously said that the ideal solution for Social Security is to privatize it, has an important message for all his fans watching Fox News: Taxes should go up for the middle class so a big federal government program can steal more of your money.
Q: Extending the payroll tax holiday, you’ve said that it’s not necessarily a good idea, why?
Rand Paul: Social Security is $6 trillion short of money. So the president is advocating reducing the funding for Social Security when they’re already $6 trillion short. So it doesn’t really make any sense.
OK, leaving aside the ridiculousness of the “Social Security is bankrupt!” suggestion (or that the Democratic plan would defund it), what Paul is saying is that the middle class’ taxes should go up by $1,500 next year, so that a government program that he despises, wants to privatize, and calls a Ponzi scheme doesn’t go bankrupt. Even though it isn’t even remotely close to going bankrupt. And then there’s also the fact that the Democrats’ plan to keep in place the payroll tax cut is paid for by putting a small additional tax on millionaires and billionaires — which any rational observer can correctly identify as the real reason that anti-government types like Rand Paul are against it, not Social Security.
But why again are tax cuts for the 99 percent bad, but the Bush tax cuts for the 1 percent good? Here’s Rand Paul to fill you in:
“It’s sort of a quick fix like you’d give to a junkie. Give people a couple hundred dollars and say go to the mall, it will be OK.”
Ah. So tax breaks for you is like giving a fix to a junkie (who, as Rand Paul has previously said, are envious of the 1 percent and might throw a brick through your window to steal your iPad). But tax breaks for Bill Gates will destroy the republic.
That a boy, Rand.