Obama and Biden: Stark, Naked Socialists

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 7:53 pm by Neal

Obama and Biden have pledged to abolish the Bush tax cuts and raise taxes on households with incomes greater than $250,000. You probably already know that. This is classic income redistribution, and as Bill O’Reilly points out in the quoted interview below, “It’s a socialist tenet.” George Bernard Shaw put it this way:

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. “

Barack Obama and Joe Biden know that most Americans are not Socialists and do not like the idea of the government seizing money from some people and giving it to others. Not only is that immoral (and illegal if you try it yourself), but it’s just plain anti-American. That’s what they do in the Socialists countries of Europe, not America.

So, these two charlatans are trying to re-brand this tired, 60’s-era Socialism as “neighborly” and “patriotic.”

From Seeing through Obamanomics:

On Sept. 8, Fox News broadcast an interview between Obama and Bill O’Reilly that focused on taxation and the economy. Obama repeated his pledge to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, while raising taxes on the tiny fraction who earn more than $250,000.

“That’s class warfare,” O’Reilly objected. “You’re taking the wealthy in America, the big earners . . . you’re taking money away from them and you’re giving it to people who don’t. That’s called income redistribution. It’s a socialist tenet. Come on, you know that.”

“Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill,” Obama replied. “Teddy Roosevelt supported a progressive income tax.” He acknowledged that he doesn’t enjoy paying taxes either – “you think I like writing the check?” – but that “there are certain things we’ve got to do.” His tax proposal, he explained, was a matter of civility:

“If I am sitting pretty and you’ve got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it and she can’t, what’s the big deal for me to say, I’m going to pay a little bit more? That’s neighborliness.” If that is Obama’s rationale for making the tax code even more steeply progressive than it already is, it’s no wonder voters are having second thoughts about his economic aptitude. …

Taxation is not generosity, it is confiscation at gunpoint. Does Obama not understand the difference?

Yes he does, but he hopes you don’t. This is like calling theft “neighborly.” Taxation is forced confiscation, and this particular tax plan is, by admission of its anxious authors, all about income redistribution.

From Biden: Wealthy Americans Must Pay More Taxes to Show Patriotism:

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says that paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.

Biden says he and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama want to “take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people.”

Under the Democrats’ economic plan, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less — the vast majority of American taxpayers — would receive a tax cut.

Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that, in his words, “it’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

“Patriotic?” Perhaps in the former USSR. What’s patriotic about force? Look, this isn’t rocket science:

“Mandatory volunteerism” isn’t volunteering.

“Forced confiscation” isn’t charity.

Don’t confuse individual choice with government force.

Michelle also notes Obama and Biden’s Orwellian terms for their income redistribution plan.

Here’s more analysis on Obama and Biden’s doublespeak.

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