By calling it an "Estate Tax", Democrats have been able to invoke the typical class warfare rhetoric, since most people don't think of having "estates" unless they're filthy rich like Donald Trump. I mean, do you consider your home an "estate"? Probably not! A "castle" maybe. Some of you might even call it a "money pit". But definitely not an "estate"!
But when Republicans began calling it for what it is, a "death tax", it put the tax in a totally new perspective. Now it's seen as the government screwing over widows and orphans. Grandma Beth has died and now the government wants her family home and the old station wagon. The grandkids are screwed out of a college fund because Uncle Security wants to buy another gold-plated toilet seat for the Pentagon.
So now the Reps are in charge of the game and they have decided to kill the "death tax". Do you think that the Dems are going to sit back and simply let it happen? Of course not! They've decided to racket up the rhetoric a bit more for the Senate battle and they've picked an unusual mascot for their cause... Paris Hilton!
You see, when the "death tax" is permanently repealed, Paris Hilton would get 100% of the Hilton family fortune upon Daddy Hilton's eventual departure. Dems think that this is wrong, and they want her to pay what they call "her fair share".
I don't know who's the bigger ditz... the Dems who believe that there is such a thing as "fair", or Paris Hilton! At least Ms. Hilton has an excuse. Nobody's ever asked or expected her to be something more than she is.
Listen folks, I've said it before and I'll say it again.. there is no such thing as FAIR when it comes to taxes! The only people who pay their "fair" share are the ones who do not benefit from any deductions or exemptions.
- If you make less than $26K a year, then you're not paying your "fair" share of taxes! That's the minimum limit by the federal government to start hitting you up on federal taxes.
- If you claim any children as dependents, then you're not paying your "fair" share of taxes! In fact, you're actually getting more money from hard-working people like yours truly.
- If you claim any kind of exemption (student, religious, non-profit), then you're not paying your "fair" share of taxes! All of you idealistic college students who love to wax politics when you're not waxing something else need to bear in mind that you're still being coddled from bearing the full burden of your adult responsibilities. And yes, I know this for a fact because I was that way too.
Look, I would rather support a tax system that is completely equitable, not one that is subject to some corrupt politician's definition of "fair". Either that would be a TRUE flat tax (no exemptions, no deductions, no excuses), or the Fair Tax program being proposed in Congress. That way EVERYBODY would be paying an EQUITABLE amount of the tax burden, no matter if you're heiress Paris Hilton or burger-flipping Paula Hilton.
Update (05/01): Right after I first posted this blog entry, I was informed that the "estate/death tax" only kicks in for those who have an estate valued at $1.2 million or higher. But as I point out in the comments section, that still does not justify slapping people with that after they're dead.