John Stephens is an educated man, having gone to University Of Pennsylvania. He merely lacks practical application.
Mr Legend effective argues that money into the GOVERNMENT COFFERS as compelled by the "IRS offering plate" known as the 1040A - is the only way that choice "cultural programs" will receive funding.
I wonder how our ancestors in Africa managed to build up the rich culture that we hear about so frequently - all without the benefit of the printing press to make paper money or a mail system through which tax forms could be distributed?
I noted that with Affirmative Actions in college admissions - those who make note of the advantage that people who graduate from the University Of Pennsylvania would be more true to their calling IF they allowed PENN to discriminate as they wished BUT they went out to the employers, law firms and government offices that these elite graduates go to and DENY these graduates special dispensation. This would be the best way to remove the advantage of these elite schools - and be in line with the "progressive struggle".
I must apply this same reasoning to the latest piece of brilliance provided to us by John Stephens. His millions in the bank has come from the sale of his music and his paid performances to "the little people" who are now struggling for the want of "redistributed resources" through taxation. Why doesn't he stand against the entertainment industry which sets high prices for those who wish to CONSUME the "culture" that he is putting forth - and thus becoming a millionaire?
How is it that Mr Stephens believes himself to know what other millionaires "Need"?
The truth of the matter is that "hope springs eternal" with regards to what some people believe is possible with a government that is fully loaded with "private property" that was sent to it via "progressive taxation". With the politicians making choices of how this money is spent - impacted by the loud and angry protests of the people who impress upon their choices - this is DEMOCRACY in the mind of John Stephens.
What About Organic Productivity In The Mission Accomplished Areas?
What John Stephens won't tell you is that the city of Springfield OH ,where he grew up, and other cities were given a state charger to form a municipal government and a school system BECAUSE the city fathers proved to the state legislature that they had enough local resources that were aligned to provide the people encapsulated within these cities a higher standard of living as a LOCAL FRANCHISE than they experience in their present "unincorporated state".
The state agreed to allow this local entity to tax the LOCAL PEOPLE so that the key services (education/police/fire/roads/sewers) could be provided and prioritized according to their liking.
INCUMBENT within this charter was the necessity that the town make decisions that allowed it to retain its productive capacity so their desired services could be paid for. What Mr Stephens is unable to make note of - per the restrictions of his ideological entrapments - is that WORSE than the sight of a "millionaire who DOES NOT LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD" getting a tax cut from the federal government - is the long, long list of cities and counties and states who took their eye off of their mission and who are now FUNCTIONALLY INSOLVENT - unable to produce the financial revenues necessary to empower the people to live at their desired standard of living. This is the greater tragedy.
Mr Stephens chooses to look at the number of digits in his own bank account and holdings and feels a bit of guilt. If he were more transparent in his analysis he would see that it was a SYSTEM that caused the individual dollars from people who valued his music to flow into his money market account before being transferred elsewhere by his finance people and thus we must have a SYSTEM by which the talents of other individuals who are "selling" their goods or talents into the market place to receive compensation from those who consume them.
We could tax the wealth of every millionaire in this nation, taking down their wealth to more "fair" levels - just as Jesse Jackson has lobbied for. In a few short years the smoke will clear and we will see that AMERICANS REMAIN 'CONSUMERS' and those who followed along with the scheme are now looking to the confidence men within their midst to find other pots of gold to partake of in support of their desired standard of living.
Why doesn't Mr Stephens look at the empty promises that the political power grab that swept through these "Mission Accomplished" places has left the people high and dry - despite them erecting a wall of regulation and taxation upon their enemies?
I now need to find the economics professor that set up the fund for "Millionaires who suffer from the guilt of their wealth to donate their tax savings".
WASHINGTON — Singer John Legend was in Washington to sing at the White House on Thursday but he had a few choice words for the politicians in town, too.
Legend told reporters before an evening concert celebrating Motown's music that too often the arts are the first thing to go when budgets need to be cut.
"People fought to give me — a millionaire — a tax cut this year," he said. "I didn't need it. And all the other millionaires didn't need it either."
The singer said he'd benefited from cultural organizations such as community choirs and arts councils in earlier years, which often suffer when budgets get trimmed.
"I hope our politicians will not think that they are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain," he said. "Because I think society will feel the pain."
He added: "I'm really frustrated with some of the discourse that's coming out of Washington."