Norquist, who is an author, editor and board member of several organizations, walked us through his organizations’ version of Julia’s life, what they call the “Real Life of Julia.”
While you’ve no doubt heard several versions and lots of feedback about the president’s account of how the state will take care of your precious little girl from birth to death, the ATR version focuses on the ways the government will be intruding on your sweet baby girl’s life from all angles.
The take-way from the interview yesterday was something many haven’t pointed out: the truly unfair nature of this whole welfare state arrangement – both to parents of the fictional Julia, and Julia herself.
Norquist astutely points out several things:
The crushing debt she inherits – spending of taxpayer earnings for things she did not enjoy because the money was spent years before her birth.
The burdensome student loans she must take out to get a college education and then the wasted money her parents used to help pay for her college. The unemployment rate is nearly 1 out of every 2 graduates right now, which means she starts her career later, slows down her ability to earn more and achieve, and she may be living in her parents’ basement all the while.
And when she does finally leave this earth, 45% of her estate will become the government’s. This money comes to the government after a lifetime of achievement. Just because she chose to live in this country, she has the privilege in death, to pay nearly half of what she has back to a government she may not have ever asked anything of.
It’s really the opposite of what the current administration feels is “fair.” These issues really do hit families all over the country, including yours if you have children.
Founded in 1985 by Norquist at the behest of President Ronald Reagan, “ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels,” according to its website. You may be familiar with ATR as the organization that encourages all members of Congress to sign their pledge not to raise taxes.