One of our readers asserted that it was unfair to raise taxes on billionaires and alluded to the famous saying by Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller. Only he put it this way:

First they came for the billionaires. Then they came for the millionaires. Then they came for those with $100,000 a year. Then they came for you. And private property was no longer permitted. That’s what socialists want. No private property for anyone. That used to be called slavery, to the state this time.

Thus, we must object to taxing the billionaires, because taxation inevitably leads to socialism! Never mind that taxation pays for the military, the police, highways, bridges, tunnels, parks, schools, medical and scientific research, and other public functions.

So…

This is what Pastor Niemöller actually wrote:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The reader, a contrarian, is neither a socialist, nor a trade unionist, nor a Jew. He typically defends Trump and all his actions.

Our blog poet, SomeDAM Poet, responded with this poem:

First they came for Gates

First they came for Gates
And I did not speak out
About the taxing rates
Cuz Gates was just a lout

Then they came for those
Who have a hundred mill
And I did not oppose
Cuz they were simply swill

Then they came for those
Who have 100k
And I did not impose
No chance, no how, no way

Then they came for me
Who hasn’t got a cent
And I was glad, you see
Cuz jail means food and rent