Friday, July 15, 2011
Every now and then, if you keep perfectly still, hold your breath, and have exceptionally sharp ears...you can hear a little "truth" in between Barack Obama's lies. And what a truth it is...
In this week's press conference in which the president was arguing to raise taxes during an economic crisis, he said this: "I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which...I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans."
Let's review that again slowly: Barack Hussein Obama finds it unacceptable that anyone should have an income which provides more than they "need". And others who claim to have needs (but insufficient means) should simply be given the confiscated wealth of the person who earned it.
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is Marxism 101: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!" And who determines what those "needs" are, and in which direction the money will flow? The government, of course!
But just how can the all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-beneficent government really understand how much of someone's income they actually "need"? If the person is able to meet all their bills, they clearly don't need that extra money, right? Unless they're saving up for a better home, or retirement, or hope to take some time off, or are setting aside money to eventually start a business, or perhaps just want to buy more and better stuff (also called "energizing the economy.")
Or from my own personal experience, how about someone like a writer who may go years earning almost nothing between major published works...then get ONE year that puts them into the "evil rich" bracket (suitable for economic rape). It would be nice - and logical - to be able to bank that "extra" money for the lean times which will follow until the next project comes to fruition. But no, rather than allowing "income averaging" as the IRS did in years past, people who dare to get into the "evil rich" bracket (even if the one year of pay represents multiple years of work) are now treated as despicable robber-barons.
But it's pointless to get into too many specifics when the overall message is so simple and so important. In America, no one - least of all the government - can decide what you do or don't "need," or declare that if your earned income is more than you "need" that it should be confiscated.
Call it Marxism, Socialism, Communism or whatever you like. Call it Liberalism or Progressivism if you prefer to be timely and trendy.
But don't call it American. Don't call it moral. Don't call it Constitutional.
And don't call it an acceptable sentiment for Barack Hussein Obama to feed to the American people in continuing hopes of inciting his very own ass-covering, blood-spilling class war.