[Posted by WLS]
Or maybe as a speechwriter. After all, with Obama’s oratorical skills, and Perata’s political saavy, how could arguments like this made by Perata yesterday not stir the heartstrings of a nation:
California Speaker Pro Tem Don Perata argues for a $10 billion tax hike by invoking the heroes of World War II.
“We’ve heard so much about the Greatest Generation. Tom Brokaw’s book has just unleashed all kinds of paeans to people who were just talking about how wonderful America is thanks to the sacrifices of men and women who died defending the flag, who died for the symbol of the American way of life. I can’t help but thinking that is it too much to ask in the memory of someone who died at Normandy to pay a nickel more for a latte. Is it too much to ask for someone who was killed at Pearl Harbor to take the wealth that they’ve been able to accumulate because of those who died in the Second World War and pay back now for what they were given so much then?”
See — the key trick is to convince people they should pay higher taxes to “honor” the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom 67 years ago.
And don’t you worry yourself about what they want to spend it on.
PS — I’m having trouble figuring out how to get my new IMac to cut and paste live links. Anyone know the solution?