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Guilty, rich Democrats should cut Uncle Sam checks

Jim Morgan

In a couple of weeks the Republicans will gather in New York’s Madison Square Garden, and (suppressed yawn) will nominate George “Dubya” to run for re-election.Not much suspense there. So we can count on the TV networks to air about three minutes of the convention on prime time.Even if I have to search for C-Span to see coverage, I hope it’s as a good a show as the Democratic Convention, which, while short on drama, was long on irony.Perhaps I’m the only one who notices such things, but doesn’t anyone find it odd that all of the major candidates and all of the big-name Democrats are mostly a bunch of rich, white guys?And by the way, it’s worth noting that because Fahrenheit 9/11 has so far netted about $100 million, Michael Moore falls within that same category.I’ve got to tell you one of my favorite moments from the Democratic National Convention in Boston came when good ol’ Bill Clinton – you remember him? Former president. World leader. Cigar smoker. Intern predator.

Anyway, he told us how he was now a fat cat. OK, he didn’t exactly say it exactly that way, but what he said was, he was now making some real money and that, lo and behold, along came those Republicans who gave him a tax cut.His apparent point, seeking to be entertaining, was that people like him don’t need a tax cut because they are simply rolling in it.So I’m thinking this is the Democratic convention? Where are the poor people?Ted Kennedy, hosting a Sunday clambake at his little summer place, hardly looked like a pauper, mostly because he’s not.Actor Ben Affleck was shown chatting up John Kerry’s daughter. Affleck is another Boston guy who shares Kerry’s enthusiasm for the Boston Red Sox and politics. Perhaps he was in Boston to represent the starving actor sector of the party. (Hey, it could happen. Remember “Gigli?”)Affleck, who despite “Gigli” still commands something like $25 million per film, told an interviewer that he’s a man who has not forgotten his blue-collar beginnings in Boston and stays awake worrying that the average Joe sitting in the grandstand at Fenway Park didn’t get a nickel from the Bush tax cut.

Affleck, by the way, saved a bit more than a nickel. In fact, he saved something like 20 million nickels. By his own admission his tax cut was well over $1 million, which I acknowledge is an indicator of the rich getting the bigger slice of the pie, but then again rich people, such as Affleck, also paid a much higher amount in taxes.Earlier in the day, Garrison Keillor of “Prairie Home Companion” fame told a reporter, that he, Keillor, was “a well-to-do Democrat” and he said more Democrats need to be upset about the tax cut that gave millions back to the rich.I’m suddenly reminded of the guy on the convention floor who was interviewed – sorry no clue who he was or what kind of money he made – who said he was tired of “Rich Republicans running the country.”He defined rich Republicans as people with enough money that they don’t have to worry about money and with enough security that they don’t have to worry about their children’s welfare. Obviously he means people who are different from say, Kerry or Edwards or Kennedy or Clinton, all of whom look pretty strapped.So, I’m looking at all these people on the stage the last night of the convention, including Teresa “I-have-more-money-than-the-rest-of-you-combined” Heinz, and I’m wondering what is the difference between a well-to-do Democrat and a well-to-do Republican? I mean a $900 suit looks the same on a Democrat as it does on a Republican.

And then it strikes me what the answer is. Republicans don’t mind being rich and the Democrats do.So, why don’t all the rich Democrats, if they feel so bad about the tax cut, give back money? After all, they keep saying it’s a failed economic policy. But if they keep it, they might actually spend money and perhaps even stimulate the economy. God in Heaven, we can’t have that now can we?So, I’m thinking that Bill or Ted and John and the other John and Ben and Garrison and all those other I-look-like-a-fat-cat-but-I’m-not-really-a-fat-cat Democrats should each cut a check and send back some money for the common folk.I don’t know why they wouldn’t do that?Do you?Publisher Jim Morgan writes a Tuesday column. He can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext 240 or jmorgan@summitdaily.com.


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