Clarity in politics requires that you pay attention. It’s not hard to see the game being played. And it is often so easy — as easy as a campaign contribution — to see the game that you burst out laughing because, well, humor must never be abandoned, even if you see your country being sold off to the highest bidder.
As the money gushes into “SuperPACs”, completing the final buying and selling of the presidency, we learn this:
Greenpoint Technologies, which contributed $250,000 to Restore Our Future, “provides turnkey VIP aircraft interiors for private individuals and heads‐of‐state clients,” according to its Web site. Scott Goodey, the company’s president and chief executive, along with his wife, Julie, have contributed at least $100,000 to the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee. Penske Corporation, the Michigan-based transportation services company, contributed $250,000, bringing its total to $500,000.
Huh? Now, what do we think Goodey cares about? The greater good of society? Peace in the Middle East? Nah.
Not hard to figure thanks to the Google Gods. Way back, long ago in history, in 2011, the president and other Democrats were doing a very soft lift on the wealthiest people in the country:
Now, as the president squares off with Republicans over the debt ceiling, he and fellow Democrats are looking to turn tax breaks for corporate jet owners — and yacht owners, too — into a potent political symbol of a tax system that Democrats say tilts toward the very rich.
Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders have made a rollback of tax breaks for corporate jets a frequent talking point in recent days in their efforts to persuade Republicans to agree to raise taxes as well as make spending cuts as part of the budget talks. But the drumbeat from Democrats has set off a counterattack from a small but powerful group of jet manufacturers and users, who have contributed millions of dollars over the years to lawmakers from both parties.
The debate is less about dollars and cents than it is about political imagery and a bit of class warfare. Ending special deductions for the depreciation of corporate jets would raise an estimated $3 billion in tax revenues — or, as the jet manufacturers point out, a fraction of one percent of the deficit the country is facing.
You could still fly in your little private jet but you’d have to pay a little more in taxes. This was not about taxes being raised that might stop the so-called “job creators” — a phony argument — from creating new jobs. No, this was about their luxury and perks.
So, it’s about greedy, narrow, selfishness. Brazenly obvious.