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.