The American ethos is not about fairness but equality and personal responsibility.
As Peter Wehner and Robert P. Beschel, Jr. wrote, “
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’”
Obama is not shy about his ideology of fairness, which promotes a taking from the rich and giving to the poor mentality.
In the 2008 debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, ABC’s Charlie Gibson asked, “Do you support raising capital-gains taxes given the historical record of government’s losing net revenue as a result?”
During a June 2012 press conference President Obama said, “The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months; over 800,000 just this year alone…The private sector is doing fine.”
In Barack Obama’s worldview, taxes are used to equalize wealth. The 4.3 million private jobs created were the result of government not individual initiative, in his mind.
Obama told Joe the Plumber in 2008 that it’s fair to tax any income over $250,000 at 39 percent and that when you “spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.”
He told a rally of supporters in
The president fails to “do the math” because the roads and bridges that get product to market were originally built by the wealth created by private business. All who worked to create wealth own the roads. The government built the roads with the people’s money.
Spreading the wealth does not make things better for everybody.
Again, Wehner and Beschel: “Since the founding era, Americans have understood that, in a democratic, capitalist society, gaps in income are inevitable. We have made our peace with this fact. Yet it is worth noting that democratic capitalism has done far more to create wealth, advance human flourishing, and lift people out of destitution than any other economic and political system. By contrast, history shows that movements aimed at eliminating inequality often lead to enormous economic inefficiency and, in the most extreme cases — the French Revolution, any of the Marxist projects of the last century — to the loss of liberty and the rise of political repression.”
President Obama and his peers have repeatedly juxtaposed capitalism with egregious excesses presumably to infer that it must be replaced with another economic system; a more fair system, yet he never defines what system he would choose over America’s thus far successful free-market system.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, Obama claimed that the “defining issue of our time” is to “restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” The alternative in his words is to “settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by.”
Is that really the choice before us?
Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006),
Nobel prize winning economist and professor for over three decades at the Chicago School of Economics, explained well to Phil Donohue why there’s really no better choice than the one tired and proven for over 200 years by
Barack Obama believes the 2012 election is a choice about forcing equal wealth through taxation and more regulation or a continued decline in our economy. This is not the choice. The real choice is whether we want to continue on a path of dismantling the only system of governance to ever truly lift the individual out of slavery and poverty or plunge further and faster toward European-style socialism or something even worse.
Carla Garrison follows current events with one eye on history and the other on the future. As a follower of Christ, her goal is to encourage people to know the truth and use it as a call to personal action. Read more at Truth be Told.
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