Saturday, November 01, 2008
Great, now I'm "selfish" too!
For most of the 2008 Race for the Oval I’ve been at most “mildly annoyed” with the arrogance of Barack Obama. As a “typical white person” he’s made a lot of assumptions about me. In his view I “cling” to my guns and my religion out of a sense of bitterness. In the view of many of his supporters, I’m a pointy hatted, white robed racist of the highest degree simply because I have no plan to vote for the most inexperienced and unqualified man ever to seek the Presidency.
Now Barry has gone a bridge too far.
In Sarasota, Florida yesterday he made the following declaration which I quote for you in its entirety – or at least the entirety reported by ABCNew’s Jake Tapper:
The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich. I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it. That’s the American dream, that’s the American way, that’s terrific. The point is, though, that -- and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class -- it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot – when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month – then guess what? Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.Now look. I spend about 60 hours of every week at my chosen profession. In order to qualify for this profession I went to college. A few years after finishing my undergraduate work I went to business school. Nobody from the Government ever came up to me and said, “Cordeiro, you’re a hard working young man with a lot of potential. Here’s a twenty large for your undergrad work. Want to go to grad school? Here’s another fifty large. Good luck.”
John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic. You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.
No, dear reader, I earned that money myself. What I didn’t earn, I borrowed and will be paying back for the next two decades or so. I did all this so I could earn a living to support the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro, our two beautiful children, and the family dog. I did all this so we could have the minivan, the mustang, and Cordeiro Manor. I earn this meager salary because I am exceptionally good at what I do. By meager salary, I mean I have yet to cross my “rich” threshold because I have not yet managed to keep enough of my hard earned cash to require a bank account labeled “Money I don’t know what to do with” – yet.
Yes, I pay taxes. A lot of taxes. So much in taxes that I hardly bother to look at the “gross” amount of my paycheck simply because it’s so frigging depressing when compared with the “net” amount. The “gross” amount isn’t anywhere near Obama’s first definition of “rich”, though that definition spirals ever downward with each passing day. It started at 300 large, and at last count Bill Richardson had brought it down to 120 large. Using a regression analysis tool, I calculate that by election day, Team Obama will declare that anyone making over 40 large annually will be branded as “rich” and therefore deserving of a tax increase.
So now I meet the Obamessiah’s definition of “selfish” – simply because I’m unwilling to give him more of my hard earned cash to do with as he sees fit. Barry has obviously and purposely confused taxes with charity. Taxes are forcefully taken from a citizen under threat of imprisonment or other unwanted consequences. Charity is money parted with willingly. There’s a big difference. Taking a look at Team Obama’s charitable giving over the past five years or so, its easy to conclude both Barry and SlowJoe get taxes and charity confused.
SlowJoe Biden would have you believe paying more taxes is a sign of your patriotism. The Obamessiah would have you believe paying more taxes is a selfless act. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting worried about having these two guys be charitable with my money.
But what do I know? I’m a dirty, rotten, selfishly greedy capitalist with racist leanings.
Here endeth the lesson.