Actor Ed Asner narrated an eight-minute video called "Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale." The video was written by Fred Glass, the communications director for California Federation of Teachers. An ugly piece of statist propaganda, the animated video at one point shows a rich man urinating on the poor people.
The story tells its young viewers that the rich stopped paying their "fair share" of taxes and that is why we have a financial crisis today. Asner narrated, "There were a few poor people and a few rich people. Most were in the middle. The people of this land paid for their good life by investing in their future together. They called this paying taxes." Actual investments are voluntary; taxes are involuntary expropriations of property, not investments. Asner then went on a long-winded diatribe about how the rich loved their money so much that they did everything they could to keep it. He blamed the rich for a decline in the "schools, public safety, the roads, parks, libraries, public transportation," claiming that the rich people simply "didn't care."
Asner's entire "Tax the rich" narrative is a lie, but unfortunately it is being shown to impressionable children in California public schools. Tax revenues have not been dropping in recent years as the video states. The financial problems in the country are due to way too much spending -- a fact the teacher union boss Fred Glass and his puppet Ed Asner forget to mention in the video.
John Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association called it "unbridled Marxism." He added, "I'm stunned the union would actually put that out there." Glass' criticism of the rich is a little bit hypocritical at a time when many are without jobs and he pockets around $140,000 per year, according to EagNews.org.