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  • Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan

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    When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

    Gary Lloyd

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    We have a system that increasingly taxes and subsidizes nonwork.

    Milton Friedman

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    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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    Those of us who manage the public dollars will be held to account to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and our government.

    Barack Hussein Obama, 1/20/09

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    My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.

    Barack Hussein Obama

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    “And the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history”

    Nancy Pelosi, Election Night 2006

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    A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize.

    Rush Limbaugh

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Redistributing the Wealth

Received via email:

 

Yesterday on my way to lunch I passed one of the homeless guys in that area, with a sign that read

Vote Obama, I need the money.” 

My waiter had on a “Obama 08” tee shirt.

When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him while he had given me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama’s plan to redistribute the wealth.   I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. He stood there in disbelief and angrily stormed away.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $4 and told him to thank the waiter inside, as I had decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful.

As I got in my truck, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn.

Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to catch on, with those doing the work.


EXACTLY RIGHT!!!!!!!

12 Responses

  1. So you think it’s a good thing that companies like Lehman Brothers, etc., pay massive multi-million dollar “golden parachutes” while thousands get laid off?

    I grew up in an America where you could succeed if you worked hard, but attitudes like yours are destroying that America. That’s despicable.

  2. Hmmmm, I don’t recall ever writing that companies pay for mega golden parachutes while thousands get laid off.

    Why is it that you feel that liberty and personal responsibility are so despicable?

  3. Did you even read what I said?

  4. I sure did. You posted what you THOUGHT I was thinking, and then said it was despicable.

    As for the content of what you said, I probably work just as hard as you, and I resent the fact that a presidential candidate and other politicians feel that they know how to better spend my money.

    In fact, my local US Representative, Paul Kanjorski, even remarked to CBS in a televised interview that taxpayer money is FREE money. It’s time that these politicians are called on this blatant disregard and arrogance regarding taxpayers.

  5. No, I posted what I thought Obama was thinking when he was talking about “Redistributing wealth.” I don’t really care what you were thinking, other than to appear that you’re trying to turn Obama into the boogeyman.

  6. Put a little bit more clearly: I think that the American dream is patriotic, and allowing the rich to get richer while the middle class shrinks – that is un-American, and despicable.

    “Redistributing the wealth” however – and thereby making it possible for average joe to do well, found small businesses, etc. – that is what the American dream is all about.

  7. Allowing the rich to get richer while the middle class shrinks? This class warfare angle is bogus.

    If it weren’t for those who invest in business, those of us in the working/middle class wouldn’t have jobs.

    More taxes will stifle growth, and thus, the economy will most definitely worsen. I can remember the Jimmy Carter years, and I fear that an Obama presidency will make that look like a picnic, given the current economic atmosphere.

    How’s the economy in Cyprus?

  8. Class warfare? I don’t know. But economic plans to help the middle class appear to be much better to aid the American dream than McCain’s plan to cut taxes for the already-well-off.

    If it weren’t for those who invest in business, those of us in the working/middle class wouldn’t have jobs.

    And if those of us in the working/middle class couldn’t afford the basics for a decent living… well, who do you think will buy things from business? It’s a cycle, isn’t it?

    More taxes will stifle growth, and thus, the economy will most definitely worsen.

    Funny, because Obama is the one touting lower taxes for 95% of Americans.

    Cyprus is strange. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful place, but politically, they are very socialist here, and the president is in the communist party. You can still own your own business here, but it’s very difficult. And so much of the economy here is nationalized. So while I appear to you to be liberal, I appear very conservative to the locals here. I guess I just think that I’m really a moderate, who thinks that all economic and political ideologies go too far.

  9. Everything’s relative, I guess.

    Nationalization is coming quickly to America; just take a look at the “bipartisan” bailout.

    Nationalization will quickly accelerate if we were to have a Democrat sweep of both the Congress and White House (and then ultimately the Supreme Court).

  10. Why is nationalization more likely with Obama though? I mean, didn’t McCain raise the possibility of nationalizing some banks in response to the credit crunch?

  11. Anyway, here’s an article that you may or may not like, but I think it’s fairly informative:
    Redefining Socialism:

    Guess what? Giving the middle class a tax break while raising taxes on the top 5% isn’t socialism. McCain has dived on Obama’s “spread the wealth around” statement and completely misrepresents it. Look at anyone’s plan for the economy from any presidential campaign and show me the one that doesn’t argue that everyone’s going to be better off. By McCain’s argument, Ronald Reagan was a socialist. Anyone who argues that their plan helps the middle class is a “socialist” engaging in “class warfare.”

    You want class warfare? Class warfare is encouraging deregulation of banking. Class warfare is using this deregulation to engage in predatory lending. And class warfare is taking $700+ billion from the taxpayers and giving it to the ultra-wealthy when this whole house of cards collapses. That’s class warfare. It’s also socialism in reverse, as demonstrated by the nationalization of banks. If that’s not redistribution of wealth, I don’t know what is.

  12. Believe it or not, I was NEVER a fan of John McCain. I voted Ron Paul in the primary, and will vote for McCain ONLY because I believe he will do less damage to the country.

    We are seeing/hearing video and audio clips of Obama that just bolster the idea that he will redistribute the wealth (not just the Joe the Plumber clip).

    Both he and McCain agreed to the bailout, but McCain initially was going for the plan of the House Republicans, which fell through.

    As for Obama’s claim that 95% will get tax cuts, that’s just mathematically impossible, because I believe that only 60% pay ANY taxes (Federal Income).

    In order for things to be truly “fair”, there should be a flat sales tax nationwide, along with abolishing the current system. That way, it’s spread around evenly, it leaves people the choice of paying taxes (to an extent), and it does away with loopholes that people use to bypass taxes. It also cuts down on tax fraud, since it will be charged at the point of sale, and decreases the power of lobbyists to influence Congress to pass tax laws favoring a certain industry.

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