I made the t-shirt
Cuts for the Rich are Robin Hood in Reverse"
not too obscure of a meaning to this shirt. You've read or seen
Robin Hood? The poor were ruthlessly taxed and in a hopeless economic
situation in the story. The hero, Robin Hood, robbed from the rich
and gave to the poor.
like George W. Bush are doing exactly the opposite. He talks about
tax relief for everyone, especially small businesses and families.
In reality, he gives huge tax breaks to huge corporations and bludeons
working Americans with colossal tax burdens from bloody and unnecessary
wars that we'll be paying for for decades to come. He gives billion
dollar bail outs to the airline industry that was in trouble way
before the September 11th attacks. He lets macho meat-heads take
$100,000 off their taxes to buy massively polluting hummers. On
and on, and on.
Moore included actual footage of Bush in his movie Fahrenheit
911 that really demonstrates exactly what Bush is about. While
addressing an audience of millionaires and billionaires at a campaign
fundraiser Bush says,
is an impressive crowd... the haves and the have mores. Some people
call you the elite. I call you my base."
juxtaposes current US tax policy with the old tale of Robin Hood
in an attempt to snap people out of their narrow-minded, self-interested
thinking about who ought to pay how much for taxes. Though the story
of Robin Hood is fiction, it builds strong feelings of passion and
cravings for justice in the audience. The character Robin Hood is
a defender of the poor, yet he is a hero to most everyone who watches
or reads the tale Robin Hood. No one cheers on King Richard and
his wealthy cronies! Maybe this shirt can help people break out
of their double-think and realize the contradiction of cheering
for Robin Hood and the poor while reading or watching this classic
story and then cheering for the rich and the rulers in real life.
Maybe not (I'm not naive), but at least it will give their conscience
a little poke.
seem a bit like the whole WWJD (what would Jesus do?) thing, but
there's a difference. The story of Robin Hood has fewer contradictory
passages than the Bible does, and it would be very hard for people
to twist this hero's intentions and actions as much as the Christian
Right twists those of Jesus Christ's (though I'm sure they'd still
try twisting them).
be clear. No one likes paying taxes, but since taxes are here to
stay they ought to be fair. The rich should pay more than the poor
and working class because they can afford to do so. It's called
progressive taxation. Rich people can still meet their basic needs
(food, shelter, etc.) and a lot more after they pay taxes under
a progressive system of income tax. Whereas the poor and working
class may not be able to meet their basic needs without going into
debt (ie. economic servitude) when there is a regressive system
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