Ordinarily when referring to one of the two dozen members of the field vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, one uses appositives like “presidential hopeful” or “presidential candidate.” I referred to Marianne Williamson in the title of this post as “orb queen” because that’s how a column in the Washington Post referred to her last week. I don’t know what an orb queen is, and I don’t want to know. I believe it has something to do with Williamson’s professed ability to summon “dark psychic forces,” which in turn has spawned the creation of an “occult task force” to influence the events at the primary debates “so that Marianne gets as much airtime as possible.”
— ?MARIANNE WILLIAMSON 2020 SPIRIT SURGE? (@OrbQueen2020) July 25, 2019
That stuff gives me the creeps. So instead of dwelling on it, I will focus on Williamson’s reparations policy. Yes, she has one. She also has a plan for financing it. In an interview with CNN, Williamson was asked how she intended to pay for slavery reparations.
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“Where does she – poof! – get this money from?” host Brooke Baldwin inquired sardonically, inviting Williamson to conjure up a demon. Instead, the self-help author replied:
You repeal the 2017 tax cut, you put back in the middle-class tax cut. You make it that the United States government, in fact, can negotiate with Big Pharma, you have the $15 an hour minimum wage, Williamson continued. “You have the 3-percent tax on billionaires, you have the 2percent tax on $50 million or more, you start having some cash on hand.”
See, you have to have the cash to pay for the sins of our nation that took place many, many years before anyone alive today was born. In particular, she needs your cash.
Maybe this is a reference to another wacky new-age incantation, but Williamson insists that reparations can be paid for by people “uncapping their dreams”:
Also, you remember that this is where money comes from, the more you educate a child, and the more you unleash the spirit of people by uncapping their dreams, the more creative people can become, the more productive people become.
The better the employers will be, the more they’ll be entrepreneurial. If you want money, help people live their dreams, because people want to do amazing things that, in fact, create money.
Or – I know, crazy idea – you can just let people keep more of their money. Not sure about you, but I’d wager most people would be more productive if they actually felt like their hard work was going to support their family rather than the federal and state government.
Increasing Taxes to Pay For Slavery
Raising taxes on businesses and the middle class to pay for reparations is about as “woke” as it gets.
Actor Bill Murray praised the GOP tax cuts noting that “there was probably too much regulation” anyway — something President Trump has successfully slashed at a record rate — and that “the change in the tax law is a great thing for the corporations, it’s a fantastic thing.”
Williamson wants to kill that “fantastic thing” to fund something she feels personally guilty over as a white person. The Democrat asked white fans at a tour event last July to join her in a “prayer of apology” to black members in attendance.
How much of your tax money does she want to use to pay for reparations? She explained during the debates:
I believe that anything less than $100 billion dollars is an insult and I believe that $200 to $500 billion is politically feasible today because so many Americans realize there is an injustice that continues to form a toxicity underneath the surface, an emotional turbulence that only reparations will cure.
If other people’s money cures your “emotional turbulence,” you weren’t all that “turbulent” to begin with.
A poll conducted in 2016 showed nearly seven in 10 Americans oppose paying reparations.
Cross posted in altered form at the Mental Recession