By Rob Roper
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who went on to serve as the Democratic National Committee chairman, admitted in a recent interview on MSNBC with a bit of a chuckle, “This is going to seem like heresy from a progressive: The truth is, everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich.” Everybody. That means you.
This, of course, is absolutely accurate if the increasingly “progressive” agenda of the left — which includes government run health care, government run child care, “free” college for all, a government-provided guaranteed income, the list goes on — is enacted into law. None of these things is free. It must be paid for, and, as such, Dean’s comment should be obvious. Squeezing just “the rich” won’t be enough to satisfy the progressives’ thirst for other people’s money. Everybody will be squeezed, and squeezed hard.
Dean’s candor is in contrast to the misleading rhetoric we hear from the likes of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who nonsensically imply that just the billionaires being forced to pay their “fair share” will be enough to pay for their agenda. Not even close. Hold onto your wallet.
Dean’s comments also highlight just how far to the left the Democratic Party has moved in a relatively short time. As governor, Dean was considered to be a moderate, particularly on fiscal issues. Now he is characterizing himself as a progressive and gleefully endorsing higher taxes on the poor and the middle class. I’m not sure that’s what lower- and middle-income Americans think they’re signing up for. Thanks to Dean for at least being honest.