Doubles-Down On His Leftist Ways
"The political expression of altruism is collectivism or statism, which holds that man’s life and work belong to the state—to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation—and that the state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.’
- Ayn Rand
If you’ve never heard a Statist speak, yesterday was your day. Obama went right after those who create wealth in this country – the “Producers” as Ayn Rand called them in her novel Atlas Shrugged, and declared open warfare on them.
In what was undoubtedly an opening salvo in the 2012 elections, Obama came off as a dictator, hell bent on forcefully taking the wealth of the Producers in this country, to re-distribute them to those he called “not as fortunate.”
This is Statism in fact and in principle, it is nothing more than mob rule.
“I thought it was a disgrace. I rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. But, we’re a year-and-a-half away from Election Day and it was supposed to be a speech about policy. He didn’t even get to his own alternative until more than halfway through the speech. And when he did, he threw out numbers suspended in mid-air with nothing under them with all kinds of goals and guidelines and triggers that mean nothing. The speech was really about and entirely an attack on the [Rep. Paul] Ryan plan.”
- Charles Krauthammer
Obama says that the “wealthy” are the “fortunate” in America, and that the poor are the “less fortunate.”
As a country that values fairness, wealthier individuals have traditionally born a greater share of this burden than the middle class or those less fortunate. This is not because we begrudge those who’ve done well – we rightly celebrate their success. Rather, it is a basic reflection of our belief that those who have benefitted most from our way of life can afford to give a bit more back.
Bovine excrement. Obama absolutely begrudges those who he perceives as “wealthy” because somehow, in his mind, they became wealthy by “oppressing the poor.” Obama’s view of America at large is that of an Empire, subjecting other poor countries to it’s will via colonialism. This view perfectly matches Obama’s own view of “rich vs. poor.”
I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don’t need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start. Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn’t be here without. That some of you wouldn’t be here without. And I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me. They want to give back to the country that’s done so much for them. Washington just hasn’t asked them to.
Let’s make no mistake here as we approach Tax Day in America. Obama isn’t going to “ask” anyone to pay more. Obama is going to seize what he believes is “fair” from those he calls “fortunate” to redistribute to those he believes are “less fortunate.”
As I myself just completed my taxes, fully 45% of what I earn has gone to the Federal, State and County governments in the form of Federal Payroll Taxes (Income, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security) State Income Taxes, and Property Taxes.
Folks, I’m not rich, I don’t make $250k per year, far from it.
Forty five cents of every dollar I make goes to some form of tax before I see a single dollar in my paycheck. Afterwards, I’m “fortunate” enough to pay additional taxes anytime I purchase something in the form of Sales Taxes. With gasoline over $4/gallon where I live, I also pay Federal, State, Municipal and Sales taxes on every gallon of gasoline I purchase. Sum total of all those taxes: 82 cents per gallon.
Tell me again Mr. Obama that the “wealthiest” in America need to pay more?
The fact is, the top 10% of all wage earners in this country already pay more than 65% of all taxes according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Where’s the tax fairness in that?
The top 20% of all wage earners in this country already pay 80% of all taxes, again according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Where’s the tax fairness in that?
The “unfortunate” in this country pay less than 3% of all taxes in this country, yet consume most of the services County, State and Federal Government agencies have to offer in the form of free health care, income subsidies, food stamps, housing assistance, heating assistance and other goodies too numerous to list.
Exactly where is the tax fairness in that, Mr. Obama?!
Statism by any other name is still Statism, and Obama is a world-class Statist.
2012 cannot possibly come fast enough for me, I just hope John Galt is running.