The Simpleton of the Moment, ubdoubtedly, would have to be President Barack Obama. Since the 2008 campaign, one of the clearest lines from the Obama camp was the necessity to help the middle class. Today, however, we are seeing again that the Obama administration has no problem tossing aside campaign promises in order to continue “changing” America into the socialist dream he believes to be the “hope we can believe in.” You might be asking yourself, “How is Obama turning my country into a socialist playground?” Failing to live up to campaign promises does not necessarily constitute flagrant support for a socialist agenda. The campaign promise, which was to lower taxes for the middle class (or the 95% of the population Obama “wants” to help out), is set to expire next year about the same time Bush’s tax cuts expire. Obama’s Democratic choir in Congress will let the $400 tax credit expire in order to fund what will become the biggest white elephant since Jimmy Carter: universal healthcare.
Universal healthcare is a nice concept. Everyone, so the theory goes, will have access to quality healthcare that everyone pays for. You can compare the idea or concept of universal healthcare to the streets we drive on, the airplanes in our Air Force, or the Customs and Border Patrol agents that stand guard at any one of the ports of entry into our great country. A large portion of the population does not pay for those things. Newt Gingrich & Peter Ferrara, in the September 15, 2008 issue of The Weekly Standard, pointed out a number of glaring figures from the Congressional Budget Office and the Internal Revenue Service:
The latest data from the Congressional Budget Office and the Internal Revenue Service show that the lowest 40 percent of income earners as a group actually receive net payments from the federal income tax system. (They get 3.8 percent of total federal income tax revenues instead of paying any income taxes.) The middle 20 percent of income earners pay 4.4 percent of federal income taxes. Thus the bottom 60 percent of income earners together, on net, pay less than 1 percent of all federal income taxes. (These workers earn 26 percent of national income.)
The data show that the top 1 percent of income earners now pay 40 percent of all federal income taxes, which is almost double their share of the national income. The top 10 percent pay 71 percent of federal income taxes, though they earn just 39 percent of the nation’s pretax income.
These statistics regarding the allocation and source of tax dollars, in relation to the universal healthcare system the Obama administration wants to create, only indicate the unjust burden that will be placed on those that actually pay taxes. Despite the fact that those that will be using federally funded healthcare will not the ones that will actually be funding the system, the bigger issue is the fact that a significant portion of Obama’s socialist agenda will have become reality.
On November 4, 2008, over 69 million people knowingly voted for a candidate that 1) had the most liberal record in the United States Senate, and 2) would willingly and gladly help institute what can only be called a socialist agenda. It would be extremely difficult to find someone in this country that would not like a cut in their taxes. Obama successfully hijacked one of the Republican Party’s most successful campaign issues. Less than four months into his first term, Obama is already starting to renege on one of his campaign’s pivotal selling points.
The hope Obama is selling, which is not something TWD is buying, is nothing more than a magic show. The success of any given magician is based solely on his or her ability to misdirect. Obama has been successful thus far in making people believe he has the answers. It will be interesting to see how long the American public continues to fall for his misdirection. Change we can believe in? Not sure about that, but it is change alright, especially if you enjoy a daily dose of Marxism with your coffee.
Gingrich, Newt, & Ferrara, Peter. (September 15, 2008). Tax Cuts, Real and Imaginary: Obama’s spending programs in disguise. The Weekly Standard, 014(01). www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/533kqlep.asp.