You Can Take the Agitator Off the Street Corner, but You Can’t Take the Street Corner Out of the Agitator

Somehow we have found ourselves in a Barack Obama, taxes, national debt, Warren Buffet, class warfarebizarro world in which the following can occur:

  • A guy who shoveled a half a billion dollars into the pockets of a political crony to stave off the inevitable bankruptcy of his silly science project of a company, and to various other ratholes with his “stimulus,” can stand up and lecture his fellow citizens on “living within our means.”
  • The same guy, who himself admitted it is wrong to raise taxes during a recession, is insisting on tax increases during what he himself has characterized as one of the worst recessions in American history.
  • In pitching his latest tax-the-rich scheme, this guy names his plan after a superannuated gasbag who obviously feels guilty about having more money than he can ever spend and who whines that he doesn’t pay enough taxes, even as he his company continues to battle the IRS over taxes from the years 2002-2009!

Perhaps, given human nature, it’s not peculiar that these ridiculous events would happen. What’s unnerving is that they can happen without the guy uttering this foolishness being laughed off the stage. In any rational universe, Barack Obama’s latest class warfare statement, issued today, would have been met with derisive chortles and guffaws from serious people, not with the lot of chin-pulling analysis and discussion of the political implications that will certainly result in the next few hours and days.

Of course, the PR flacks in the Lame Stream Media who masquerade as “journalists,” are not serious people, but those of us who are should ask some questions as we evaluate this plan, specifically: Will Barack Obama’s tax increases create jobs and reduce the abysmal unemployment rate? Will they do anything about to increase the value of our houses? Most important, is this rehashed crypto-Marxism about economics or politics? Is Barack Obama more interested in your job or his?

In a moment of candor during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama admitted that even if reducing capital gains tax rates would increase revenue to the federal treasury, he would oppose doing so because of concerns about “fairness.” Translation: it’s the federal government’s job to take one person’s stuff and give it to those Obama and his friends deem more deserving. You can take the community organizer guy off the street corner, and substitute a TelePrompTer for the clipboard, but you can’t take the street corner out of the guy.


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