Rick Berg Disagrees With Mitt Romney’s “47%” Comments

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The liberal media is very, very good at manufacturing a narrative and then demanding that Republicans in general disavow the narrative they’ve manufactured. The latest is Mitt Romney’s controversial comments about the 47% of Americans who have no income tax burden. The narrative that has been manufactured is that this is insulting to that 47% because they pay local taxes, or something.

Now, with that narrative established, the lefist media seeks to sow dissent among Republicans by giving them the choice of either going along with the narrative or face a storm of negative press. Case in point, North Dakota Senate candidate Rick Berg:

Asked whether he agrees with the GOP nominee on the issue, Rep. Rick Berg, locked in a tight Senate race in North Dakota, said “absolutely not.”

“The American way is you probably start at a zero tax rate and you work yourself up. I mean, that’s where I come from. I just think it’s unfortunate how that came out. I haven’t talked to him personally about that. But from my perspective, we need to help people up. We need to lift them up, help them have the opportunity to succeed,” said Berg, who is running against former state attorney general Heidi Heitkamp.

See how that works? Because Berg dare not question the narrative, he’s backed into effectively endorsing the left’s notions about better living through endless and expensive social policy. Taxation ought to be low and broad in scope, not high and lumped on a shrinking segment of society. Everyone should pay some taxes, and nobody should pay a lot, because the government belongs to all of us. And if we excuse huge chunks of the population from taxes, they have every incentive to vote for more government paid for by other people.

And yes, the 47% do pay other taxes. They pay into Social Security and Medicare because the federal government, in all their wisdom, has decided that none of us should get to escape those money pits. They pay local taxes, etc., etc. But that’s not the point. The point is that we are moving toward a point where huge numbers of Americans get large amounts of government benefits while facing very little obligation to pay for that government.

This is reality. This is what the left’s narrative seeks to cover up. Republicans ought to be in the business dissenting to that narrative.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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