It’s gotten to the point where Barack Obama doesn’t even need to hide his socialism.
“It comes down to values – in America, do we simply value wealth, or do we value the work that creates it?” Obama said at a rally under the Gateway Arch. “I’m not giving tax cuts to folks who don’t work. I’m giving tax cuts to folks who do work. That’s right, Missouri – John McCain is so out of touch with the struggles you are facing that he must be the first politician in history to call a tax cut for working people ‘welfare.’”
Let’s set aside the fact that his so-called tax cut plan is an empty shell that does amount to welfare for people who pay no taxes at all.
What I want to look at is the sentence I emphasized which is much more succinct in the original German. In America we value neither wealth nor work by themselves. What we do value is the ability to keep what we earn. We value the ability to create wealth for ourselves, to go from being a plumber today to owning a plumbing company in a couple years. We value the ability to work toward a better, more prosperous life.
Barack Obama does not believe in that. He does not believe that you can become rich. His view of the world says that it is unfair that some people make more money than others and that the government must decide what is a fair living and what is not. That’s what that sentence I highlighted really means. Karl Marx put it another way:
In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs
What Barack is doing when he “values” work, is making it “life’s prime want”. Notice the slick misdirection. We “value” work by rewarding with government largess, taken from the others who he describes as “the person who owns the factory”, “the extremely wealthy and well-connected”, and “those at the very top”. But that, folks, is not valuing work. That is garden-variety socialism, else the word has no meaning at all.
Let me be plain. He wants to “value” your work by deciding exactly how much wealth you should have. He wants to make things “fair” by taking the fruits of your labors from you and giving it to someone else because he believes that is “good for everybody”.
But it isn’t. He is lying. Socialism has never, ever been “good for everybody”. All you need to do is look at countries like North Korea, the former Soviet Union, Cuba, or China. See how vast and woeful their peasant class really is. See how their elites live in luxury while most of the people work themselves to the bone to fuel their lifestyles.
And remember, Barack Obama is one of those elites.
Category: The Economy and Your Money