Exercising the Right to Silence
Written by Dan Steinbach
News Alert: New Yorkers have found a solution to solve America’s debt problem: “End the War! Tax the Rich!”
Over the last week, demonstrators dressed as zombies have flocked by the hundreds to march around the New York Stock Exchange. A group of protestors consisting of college students and middle-age employees are displaying their discontentment with our current economic situation.
Across the nation discouraged Americans are expressing their displeasure with the nation’s financial deficit. Protests have surfaced in Chicago, Oakland, Boston, and St. Louis. These protestors liken themselves to the recent Tea Party movement.
On October 1st, 700 New York protestors were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and blocking public areas. The response to the arrests from Oakland, California resident Wiljago Cook, in NY to join the protests, is one of many dripping in outrage: “Exposing police brutality wasn’t even really on my agenda, but my eyes have been opened.”
Yet the majority of accounts show that police did not use excessive force or brutality—they simply did their job. The protestors, however, claim the NYPD’s response effectively silenced their rights of speech and assembly. Since when did arresting protestors on charges of disorderly conduct and blocking public areas equal excessive force or brutality? Not to say the two are mutually exclusive—but are they mutually inclusive?
Back to the reason for these protests: The main fallacy of simply “taxing the rich” is the rich are taxed enough as it is. The top 10% of the income bracket pay 68% of income taxes.
It is easy for us to say that the solution is to tax the rich more—but how often is the easy solution the right solution?