Rush, baby …
You are a brave soul. With the furor recently over Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin taking his billions a few years ago and going to Singapore to live and work — saving millions upon millions of dollars in U.S. taxes in the process after Facebook’s big debut on Wall Street last week — you had the guts not only to say you would do the same thing, but that you HAVE essentially done the same thing.
“If it’s a more favorable tax haven that you can find elsewhere and you go there, why is it automatically that you are unpatriotic? Why is it automatically that you are a coward, that you are not paying your fair share? It’s this whole class envy thing rearing its head again. … I left New York state for the same reason. Now, I didn’t have to renounce citizenship, but I left New York state for the same reason. I moved to a state with no state income tax. I’m sure that people think that I am not a patriotic New Yorker.” — Rush Limbaugh, on his May 18, 2012, radio show
No, Rush, you are patriotic — at least going by the current definition of the word.
It’s patriotic today not to pay your fair share of taxes and be proud of it, when at least part of your riches were earned in a place that has a higher tax rate than, say, Singapore — a place where they have no little things like national defense to worry about, and they don’t have to worry about it in part because it’s U.S. tax dollars that have been providing it since World War II.
It’s patriotic today to look out only for yourself and say to hell with everyone else, “I’ve got mine and I’m gonna keep as much of it as I possibly can.” THAT is the current American way. And we have patriots like you, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, to lead that charge!
You’re a genius, Rush! I don’t know why all of the residents of New York state don’t just all pack up and follow you to Florida or the Bahamas or wherever you’re calling home these days, just to avoid having to pay those pesky taxes.
You sly dog, you! You sly, heroic, patriotic dog!
I’ll keep your genius in mind today or tonight as I work on filling out a bank form in order to make interest-only payments on my home so my family can try and stay in it just a little while longer. I’ll keep your genius in mind as I look into how bad off we need to be in order to apply for food stamps. I’ll keep your patriotism in mind today as I file another week’s unemployment claim, for which I am taxed and which takes a good chunk out of what’s already a pretty sad amount of money.
Rush, I’ll keep your generosity in mind and that American spirit you portray will be close to my heart as I wait for that big car insurance payment to take another big chunk out of what my family has left to live on as I try to find another way to make a living while waiting for my re-training to resume in a few weeks so I can try and make a decent living out there in the real world.
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, I will cherish that strong sense of American values that you present to your listening audience each and every day when I bite down on some food on the right side of my mouth and feel that sense of pain that I’ve been feeling for a couple of weeks now from a tooth that’s probably getting worse that my dentist warned me about the week after I lost my job last year, and that I can’t afford to get fixed.
You, courageous and wise sir, will be on my mind as I look into my wife’s concerned face as she wonders whether yet another dream of hers for making at least part of a living while doing something that she dearly loves will go up in dust because she can’t hold on to the things that she needs to reach that goal of hers, something that she’s worked so hard to do.
Rush, I will dedicate my new gray hairs to you and your wonderful brand of American values and your courage to take your money that was partially earned in New York state and run off to do the right thing (for you) in Florida or the Philippines or Jamaica or wherever you’ve exercised that freedom of choice to run off to so you don’t have to pay any capital gains taxes.
Because, Rush, that’s the new American way! And it’s time we all faced up to that reality, isn’t it? I know that’s what you’d tell us all to do.
Isn’t it? I’m glad, Rush, that you’re able to salvage that pride of yours.
Copyright 2012, Daddysangbassdude Media
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