The most effective parasites make you feel bad for not giving them more. They convince you that they are taking less than they deserve. For years, bleeding heart leftists have been those kinds of parasites. They pretend to be Robin Hoods, but there are crucial differences. For one, they exempt themselves from the charitable giving. Take Bill De Blasio for an example.
Bill De Blasio is the first mayor of New York in twelve years to release his tax returns. Michael Bloomberg wouldn’t do it because he was embarrassingly (for him) rich. Apparently De Blasio makes a modest enough income that he doesn’t care. That’s apparently how out of touch he is. He made nearly $200,000 last year. And he paid an effective tax rate of 8.3%. The whole time, he was railing about how the rich need to pay more taxes. Here’s a quote directly from the parasite’s mouth:
We have to be willing to tax the wealthiest among us for our school system. We need it. And any candidate—and there are even some in the Democratic Primary—any candidate scared to say they will tax the wealthy to help our kids should reconsider their label as a Democrat, in my opinion. Because it is time to acknowledge—if the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer and our school system is suffering and we’re failing thousands and thousands of kids all the time—we have to be bold enough to say, “We will tax the wealthiest New Yorkers.” I want to tax those who make a half-million or more. . . .
Oh. That is bold. So courageous. Tax those filthy rich people who make barely more than you do. Aim just above your own pay grade. That’s so very intrepid of you, Bill. It’s for the children after all. But don’t pay your own taxes. That’s totally unnecessary. You’ve already done your job after all: you’ve already collected enough for the IRS from others.
Bill De Blasio, you’re not Robin Hood. Robin Hood stole tax revenues from Prince John and his cronies to return those spoils of tyranny to the oppressed and overly taxed. That’s not you. You are the immune parasitic taxman who takes the taxes in the first place to give them to the impostor government of Prince John. You’re the Sheriff of Nottingham.