Obama’s New Attack on Those Who Don’t Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’

On the stump this week, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has pushed back against Sen. John McCain’s description of his tax policies.

“The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich,” Obama said in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday. “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.”

By Jake Tapper
ABC News

“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.

“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

It’s unclear if this was a nod to the Ayn Rand book “The Virtue of Selfishness,” with all that the invocation of Rand implies

It would seem to be, given the themes of Rand’s work, what happens when independent achievers are demonized.

Which would fit with this description of those who want to keep their hard-earned tax dollars as “selfish.”

Atlas may not be shrugging, but Obama is.

— jpt


One Response to “Obama’s New Attack on Those Who Don’t Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’”

  1. Robert Ende Says:

    Income distribution is a reality….. the only question is where the balance points are struck. We have had a situation for lo these many years where the large corporations and the rich are favored disproportionately…. believe me, if the electorate understood how much money is being taken from them and given to those at the top, I think they would be on the “redistribution bandwagon” in a flash.

    In this election one candidate wants to perpetuate this, one wants to move the balance point back a bit in the other direction. But don’t miss the point that everybody in government is a re-distributionist… without re-distribution we would have no Social Security, no Unemployment Benefits (a lot of you are going to need that soon), no Farm Subsidies, no Medicare, no military, no roads, nothing.

    As someone who has made a lot of money, and has paid a mountain of taxes, I strongly favor having the tax burden on EVERYONE reduced by making government more efficient (without making it less effective). Every politician I have ever heard has promised to do this…. and none of them, from either party, has delivered. That is a reality…. and a very sad one!

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