Saturday, November 1, 2008

Obama vs. the Virtue of Selfishness

Did Obama make a huge mistake by insulting Americans who want to hold on to the hard-earned money they have earned? According to Obama, if you don’t want to pay higher taxes, perhaps it’s because you are “selfish?”

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper took aim yesterday at Obama’s “attack” on those who want to keep their hard-earned tax dollars as "selfish."

Obama said in Sarasota, Fla., Thursday in defense of his so-called “spread the wealth” tax policies:

John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic," Obama continued. "You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.

John McCormack of Weekly Standard’s Blog pointed out that if Obama “loves rich people”, which he claimed to do while talking to the folks in Sarasota, then “opposition to Obama’s tax increases is based on greed rather than a good faith disagreement about what is best for the economy and our country.”

McCormack recalled that this isn’t the first time that the Obama campaign has “questioned the motives of those who oppose tax hikes.” Joe Biden said that it is “patriotic” for rich people to pay higher taxes.

Jennifer Rubin at Commentary thinks Obama’s “virtue out of selfishness” comment is insulting to voters who want to use their own money “to build businesses, raise children, and give to charity. . .” Rubin believes that Obama has displayed an “appalling lack of understanding” about the basics of wealth-building.

The government is going to give people goodies and then they’ll have more money to spend? Wow. Who knew it could be so easy? No working, earning, saving, building businesses, hiring more people, investing and the like. Money just comes from thin air, from the government.

Rubin suggests that McCain would do well to just run Obama and Biden sound bites of Obama’s ever changing dividing line between “the taxed and the saved.” Is it $250,000, $200,000, $150,000 or $120,000?

The Dakota Voice wrote “Like a good Soviet, er, Marxist, er, socialist, er, Democrat, Barack Obama is trying to put a positive spin on his Marxist plans to spread your wealth around to those who haven't earned it.”

I'd like to know when Barack Obama made a virtue out of envy and theft. . . .ABC reported that the Obamas are charity cheapskates . . . So is his running mate Joe Biden. The Hill reported.

DV was quoting a March 2008 article by ABC’s Jake Tapper which found that the “Obamas Gave Less Than 1% of Their 2000-2004 Income to Charity.”

The Hill reported that Gov. Sarah Palin, who makes far less than Sen. Joe Biden, gave more money to charity in the last two years than Biden gave in the “last eight combined.”!!!


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