Friday, October 17, 2008

Warning: Political post. Move along

Pardon the political intrusion, but where the hell was this John McCain throughout the campaign? From today:

"Senator Obama says that he wanted to spread your wealth around. When politicians talk about taking your money and spreading it around, you'd better hold onto your wallet. Senator Obama claims that wants to give a tax break to the middle class, but not only did he vote for higher taxes on the middle class in the Senate, his plan gives away your tax dollars to those who don't pay taxes. That's not a tax cut, that's welfare. America didn't become the greatest nation on earth by redistributing wealth; we became the greatest nation by creating new wealth."

Finally. Instead of merely alluding to this while turning the big guns on more trivial issues, the Republicans have finally decided to aim at Obama's real flaws. (You'll notice that the Democrat response to "Joe the Plumber" is to ignore what he actually said, and instead attack him personally).

Obama's "spread the wealth" line is, to me, the most offensive line of the campaign. He believes Washington has a right to your money, and not just to use it for the basic functions of government, but to hand it over to somebody who didn't earn it. All in the name of "neighborliness."

Tell me: how is Obama's plan to "spread the wealth" any different from "From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs?"

I can't find the exact Neal Boortz quote I'm looking for, but this will do:

"What would life be like in an ObamaNation? There's the government sitting there watching you – watching you work – watching you go the extra mile. The government takes note of the fact that you pursued an advanced education. Then the government observes you working 50, 60 maybe 80 hours a week trying to start a business. The government watches your income as it rises. Finally at some point the government says 'Enough! You now have more than you need! There are people out there who did not pursue an education like you did. There are people out there who did not work as hard and as long as you did. There are people out there who did not make the careful choices and take the risks you did. Now you have to be a good neighbor. So we're going to take some of that money you don't need and 'spread the wealth', so to speak.'"

And yes, by this time a year from now, I plan to be a small business owner. Thankfully, my income won't likely be above the vaunted $250,000 until Obama is out of office.


Krista said...

absolutely terrifying. i do not understand how people think this is OK when basic econ 101 tells you that taking $$ from "the rich" only leads to...
-LESS JOBS for the rest of us (they cannot afford to pay us if the gov't takes more of their $$)
-LESS SPENDING to move our economy along (Hello, these people need the $$ the gov't is taking away from them to purchase the luxury items and other things that keep our economy humming along...and, oh yeah, provide us with jobs)
-LESS MOTIVATION to become a "rich" person. Why work harder so you can give the gov't more?

IT's basic economics! I am terrified of what our country is going to be after Nov. 4th this year...with a socialist for president and democrats running the house/senate...we're doomed.

NCT said...

a. Where has any Democrat attacked "Joe the Plumber" personally?

b. Lower taxes means more jobs? Really? At all times since Bush started cutting taxes, U.S. unemployment has been higher than it was before the tax cuts.

c. I agree that wealth redistribution is a dangerous thing. Tax policy, however, is only one method. We've been watching wealth get sucked out of the middle class for years now (check wages). The solution goes beyond politics, I think. We need to do something to alter our culture's thinking: too many think living the American Dream means spending like you're in the top 5% of the wealthiest among us, resulting in unwieldy personal debt. As a nation, we are at your greatest when our power is balanced by humility (in all kinds of policies, across the board). As it is, too many folks have a sense of entitlement to twisted version of "our way of life", as though God has ordained we should be able to drive luxury gas guzzlers and invade foreign countries that haven't attacked us (for just a couple of examples).

Don't be terrified of an Obama victory, Krista. We have national elections every two years. We have to have drastic change now from what our current leadership has been doing to us. If the change is too drastic or in the wrong direction, the opportunity to change again is right around the corner. Don't hate American democracy; embrace it.

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