“I am not a Marxist”–Karl Marx
“Behind every great fortune there is a crime”–Honore de BalzacÂ Â French realist novelist (1799 – 1850)
“You didn’t build that”–Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro, America’s first Marxist Muslim POTUS
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”–Barone: Obama believes success is a gift from government
Even more deserved mockery: (via Bolt)
In his war on American exceptionalism, President Obama has turned the sights on exceptional Americans. If you’ve built a successful business, it wasn’t your dream or your sweat â€” somebody else made it happen.–Investors.comÂ nails it, viaÂ Free Republic…..
The Chicago commie went off script the other night. He told us what he really felt about business owners. They’re ungrateful free riders. (GWP)
No, this ‘community organiser’ never build anything and he never will. This walking disaster destroys Â the moral fabric of America and the military, he demoralises Â entrepreneurship, Â discourages business and enables the Â spread of Islam wherever possible. That’s what Obama is all about.
- New Romney Ad Slams Obama Attacks, Asks ‘Whatever Happened to Hope and Change?’–210Â CommentsÂ Â»
The Communist Part II: Why Obama’s Mentor Went From Republican to Devout Marxist–Read More Â»ReadÂ MoreÂ Â»
Oh boy, these clowns are sooo original:
MSNBC Host Accuses Limbaugh of Racism for Saying Obama Used to Do Drugs
A word to the wise: if you accuse President Obama of smoking marijuana and trying cocaine in his past â€” which he openly admits in his book “Dreams From My Father” â€” you are a racist.
“Look, pal, when I was out creating jobs, investing in businesses and growing this economy, you were at Columbia smoking weed and snorting coke.” Â More>>
John Sununu: Obama “Was Smoking Something In Hawaii” And Working As A Community Organizer Instead Of Understanding How America Works…
“He has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, becauseÂ he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, and when he came to the U.S. worked as a community organizer â€” which is a socialized structure â€” and then got into politics in Chicago. There has been no experience in his life in which he’s earned a private-sector paycheck that meant anything.”
Obama believes success is a gift from government
Perhaps the rain made the teleprompter unreadable. That’s one thought I had on pondering Barack Obama’s comments to a rain-soaked rally in Roanoke, Va., last Friday.
Perhaps he didn’t really mean what he said. Or perhaps — as is often the case with people when unanchored from a prepared text — he revealed what he really thinks.
“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back,” he began, defending his policy of higher tax rates on high earners. “They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, ‘well, it must be because I was just so smart.’ There are a lot of smart people out there. ‘It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.’ Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
In other words, Steve Jobs didn’t make Apple happen. It was the work of a teacher union member — er, great teacher — and the government agencies that paved I-280 and El Camino Real that made Apple happen.
High earners don’t deserve the money they make, Obama apparently thinks. It’s the gift of government, and they shouldn’t begrudge handing more of it back to government.
And that’s true, as he told Charlie Gibson of ABC News in 2008, even if those higher tax rates produce less revenue for the government, as has been the case with rate increases on capital gains. The government should take away the money as a matter of “fairness.”
The cynical might dismiss Obama’s preoccupation with higher tax rates as an instance of a candidate dwelling on one of his few proposals that tests well in the polls. Certainly, he doesn’t want to talk much about Obamacare or the stimulus package.
Cynics might note that he spurned supercommittee Republicans’ willingness last year to reduce tax deductions so as to actually increase revenue from high earners, without discouraging investment or encouraging tax avoidance as higher tax rates do.
But maybe Obama’s Captain-Ahab-like pursuit of higher tax rates just comes from a sense that no one earns success and that there’s no connection between effort and reward.
That kind of thinking also helps to explain the approach taken by Sen. Patty Murray in a speech at the Brookings Institution on Monday. She wants a tax rate increase on high earners so badly she said she’d prefer raising everyone’s taxes next year to maintaining current rates.
Murray was first elected in 1992 as a state legislator, who had been dismissed by a lobbyist as “just a mom in tennis shoes.” But in 20 years she’s become an accomplished appropriator and earmarker.
“Do no harm,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told members of Congress at a hearing yesterday, urging them to avoid the sharp spending cuts and tax rate increases scheduled for year’s end.
But Murray is threatening to do exactly that kind of harm. Those prattling about how irresponsible Republicans are might want to ponder her threat.
And to consider that Republicans remember what happened to the last Republican who agreed to such rate increases, George H.W. Bush in 1990. Seeking re-election in 1992, he won only 37 percent of the vote. Republicans won’t risk that again.
The Obama Democrats seem to believe there’s no downside risk in threatening huge tax increases for everyone and in asserting that if you’re successful “someone else made that happen.”
But the Wall Street Journal’s Colleen McCain Nelson reported yesterday how affluent Denver suburbanites have soured on Obama. Obama tied John McCain 49 to 49 percent among voters with more than $100,000 income in 2008, but in NBC/WSJ polls this year, they’ve favored Mitt Romney 50 to 44 percent.
Affluent voters trended Democratic over two decades on cultural issues. But economic issues dominate this year, and they may not appreciate Obama’s assertion that they don’t deserve what they’ve earned.
Michael Barone,Â The Examiner’s senior political analyst, can be contacted atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.