It’s called the Refund Equality Act, and it is the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Just this week Warren reintroduced legislation that would fork over an estimated $57 million to LGBT couples, according to a report by the Joint Committee on Taxation. Specifically, your tax dollars will be going to gay couples who were married before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in the landmark U.S. v Windsor case in 2013.
To right the egregious wrongs experienced by married homosexual couples who were forced to file separate tax returns, Warren hopes to make amends by permitting them to refile jointly. As anyone who has filed a U.S. tax return knows, married couples receive tax breaks. Since these gay married couples had to file their taxes individually, Warren asserts, “Our government owes them more than $50 million for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs.”
Yes, the government owes, and then the taxpayer shells out.
Step Right Up
The pathology of offering cash in exchange for every injustice that has occurred in America appears to animate those vying for the Democratic nomination for president. For example, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) supports reparations for those who are descendants of slaves. He’s not the only pro-reparations Democrat, but he sounded loud and proud in a fiery testimony during a recent House hearing on the subject. Enraged and incensed, the New Jersey senator passionately cried out for a “national apology” to “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States.”
It’s easy to be zealous about giving away gobs of other people’s money. One could call this Democratic moral philosophy Reparations Powerball as the jackpot for the walking wounded of unjust America balloons into a mushroom cloud. Step right up; every victim is a winner, and every taxpayer a loser.
White Knights on Steroids
Psychologists often talk about White Knights — people who have a desperate desire to be revered and admired. Instinctively these Knights search out damaged people who need to be rescued. So, they ride in on their white horses to fix, save, and ultimately control those who have experienced injustice at the hands of the Man.
While this type of behavior most often is discussed in terms of romantic relationships, Democrats appear to have usurped and broadened White Knight Syndrome and kicked it up a notch to a national level. It’s obvious that people who are LGBTQ, black, or fill in the blank can’t function on their own; they need to be helped and healed. Only the White Knight can cure what ails them.
Thus, the next president of the United States must do more than protect and defend; he or she must right every wrong, essentially serving as savior-in-chief. Above all, the White Knight must be the hero in order to fulfill the desperate need to be needed.
In reality, reparations, refund equality, or whatever terminology Democrats want to use for what they consider to be injustice is a payoff scam that will not work. Anyone who has tried to use money to heal an emotional hurt intuitively knows this.
Warren and Booker can choose their victims and throw all your hard-earned money at these folks to make things right, but it will only serve to turn the taxpayer into another class of people who need to be rescued. If and when that happens, we are in a whole heap of trouble.
Perhaps that’s what the Democrats are angling for after all.
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