After already making a ridiculous statement about the GOP tax plan, Charles Barkley is back at it again on Monday evening. This exchange was with Shaq.
During the Lakers and Timberwolves contest, the former NBA players decided it was time to strike up some conversation on President Trump and taxes.
Here is how the portion of the conversation went down:
BARKLEY: Hey, at least we got our tax break. ... I just want all these poor people to keep waiting for this "trickle down." They've been waiting for like 400 years. It ain't trickled down yet.
O'NEAL: You like that tax break, Chuck?
BARKLEY: Ah yeah, I don't like it for poor people. Rich people should not get tax breaks, Shaq.
O’NEAL: I agree, Chuck. I agree.
Per Daily Wire:
As The Daily Wire has noted multiple times, the GOP tax plan will offer breaks to the poor and middle class, not just the wealthy. In fact, we even ran ten scenarios in which poor and middle-class families and singles save under the plan.
Beyond the erroneous yet persistent idea that the GOP tax plan will benefit millionaires and billionaires at the expense of average Americans, the most striking part of the back-and-forth between Barkley and O’Neal is the suggestion that "rich people should not get tax breaks."
The idea that wealthy Americans shouldn’t benefit from lower taxes is one of the most powerful and frequently-used weapons in the progressive arsenal. Such an idea implies that wealth isn’t earned, but somehow stolen, which in turn provokes envy and resentment among poor and middle-class Americans. Democrats use this resentment to pull in votes.
We don’t live in a binary world. Some wealth is indeed ill-gotten, but much is also earned through incredibly hard work and perseverance. Progressives want Americans to believe that the wealthy are always immoral, and that they need to be brought down Robin Hood style.
Ironically, it’s the progressive position that’s immoral. Placing a greater tax burden on an individual (or giving them a smaller tax break in the event of a reduction) solely because they earn a higher income is government-sanctioned robbery.
Though Charles Barkley has made some statements over the years that may lead you to believe that he may lean conservative, he is very far from that. When it comes to the NBA (and most other sports) you can count on everyone involved being very far left. They don't let facts get in the way of bashing the GOP.
They could voluntarily send their money to the IRS. That would help the cause. If needed we can provide them with the mailing address so they know where to mail their donation.