Obama’s reelection stump speech
Obama’s Campaign State of The Union Address, and the speeches we will hear in the months to come revolve around the central idea of an Economy Built To Last.
So, after three years of a dismal economy under his leadership, this is Obama’s new trope. Hope and Change is so 2008.
No, now we’ve got fairness and shared responsibility building an “economy to last”. In a piece by Obama published yesterday he argues:
In my State of the Union address, I laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last — an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and a renewal of American values.
And what are those American values? Well, let him explain those “American” values.
Finally, an economy built to last insists on a return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility. These values should guide us as we look to pay down our debt and invest in our future. When it comes to the deficit, we’ve already agreed to more than $2 trillion in cuts and savings. But we need to do more, and that means making choices. We can either keep giving tax breaks to millionaires who often pay lower tax rates than middle-class households, or we can keep our investments in everything else — things like education and medical research, a strong military and care for our veterans. But if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both.
Even with those “tax breaks to millionaires”, we still have a VERY progressive tax code. But, that’s well covered territory.
I’m more interested in Obama panning this shit off as our core American values.
I posit that THE CORE American value is individualism. This list here doesn’t mention fairness and shared responsibility in the context Obama means them at all.
Personal Control over the Environment
Time & Its Control
Fair play and shared responsibility are not core “American” values. They’re Marxist. Neil Boortz breaks it down for us:
Obama is smart enough to know, however, that he can’t use the actual rhetoric of Marx to promote his agenda. Words have to be tweaked to meet the demands of our present political culture.
So what does he say?
“Responsibility from all” = “From each according to their ability.”
“Fairness for all” = “To each according to their needs.”
In uttering that “responsibility from all” line Obama is principally talking about his demands that the evil rich pay more taxes. Never mind that the disgusting top 1% of income earners pull down about 17% of all income, but pay around 39% of all income taxes. This is about class warfare, not accuracy, and Obama knows his pals in the elite media aren’t going to blow the whistle on this.
“Fairness” is a focus-group tested word that few can POSSIBLY disagree with. Who is against “fairness”? Well, those evil Rethuglicans, of course. And besides the fact that “the rich” already share the responsibility by paying just about ALL the taxes (while the bottom half pays nothing, or gets wealth transfers), I don’t really understand why I need to to “share the responsibility” of every knucklehead in this country who isn’t the least bit responsible for their OWN life. Especially when I see folks using their snap card to pay for groceries while wearing better clothes than I, with their hair and nails “done”, and driving a late model SUV.
The United States already has the most progressive tax system among developed nations. The richest among us are paying the highest effective tax rates. Our problem is not taxes. Our problem is not that our government needs more money. Our problem is not that rich people aren’t paying enough money. Our problem is that Barack Obama has increased our spending and our debt at a record pace! He has now racked up more debt than George Washington through Bill Clinton COMBINED! He has increased spending by over 20%. And yet he claims that our problem is that rich people aren’t paying enough in taxes? Unbelievable.
IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID.