Punishing the Wealthy in Obama’s World


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As Bill Whittle puts it in this brilliant video for Declaration Entertainment, liberals want to eat the rich.  They are not interested in boosting the economy, maintaining social programs, or making our unfettered spending sustainable.  We could confiscate all of the profit made by the Fortune 500 companies, Super Bowl ad revenue, all the salaries of the major sports, all the money made by any individual above $250,000 annually, the entire net worth of every billionaire in the country … and not even come close to making up the annual deficit for 2011.  And yet liberals continue to harp on the moral praiseworthiness of doing just that.

According to President Obama, we would not be a great country without confiscating the wealth of earners and redistributing it to those who refuse to pay for their health care and retirement.  The better angels of our nature mandate a “communal” view of the world, in which we force some to pay for others.  Naturally, Mondale and Moore feel the same way.

Of course, there is nothing more immoral than such class warfare.  Capitalism is based on the principle of mutual benefit – nobody can coerce anyone to buy a product or provide a service.  Communism is based on the principle of pure selfishness – I deserve your cash because I exist.  Capitalism is you allowing a plumber into your house to fix your pipes, and then handing him a check for a job well done.  Communism is a plumber breaking into your house, leaving the pipes leaky, and forging a check from your account.  Liberals think that capitalism is based on greed, but capitalism cannot serve greedy without altruistic output.  Communism is based on both greed and jealousy, without even a hint of altruism.

At root, the difference between President Obama and conservative Americans is a question of values, not of means.  Obama and his cadre could not care less about the future of Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid – those are means toward redistribution, not ends in and of themselves.  All that matters is soaking those who earn for purposes of “fairness.”  And simply put, that’s not only unfair, it’s morally reprehensible.

Ben Shapiro is an attorney and writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the upcoming book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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  • davarino

    I love it when B-rock gives that dictator pose. It makes me feel like someone is in charge.

    How do I get GE's deal where I dont have to pay any taxes. I guess you have to pay O his VIG (thats a book makers term for those that dont know). You gotta pay to play

    • StephenD

      It used to be that way Dav. "You gotta pay the Vig, nobody rides for free." But now, if you follow the script you can be exempt. Just look at the "Friends" status across the board. Unions exempt from the health care bill, GE exempt from taxes…. It pays to be on the same page with communists while other people still have money for you to take.

  • Flyright

    GE got to pay no taxes because they are no longer a real American company

  • http://www.facebook.com/al-kidya al Kidya

    I wonder if billionaire Faithulla Gulen will be taxed. He's only worth 25 billion or so and still lives in his mountain fortress in the hills of Pennsylvania.
    He is the most dangerous Islamist on earth according to a Canada Free Press article.

  • OLJingoist

    As slippery as this chicago poser is we are slowly revealing this serpent for what he is.
    Obama I warn you that your end will come and soon.
    We no longer ask you to respect us we just want you gone.

    • old white guy

      i keep hearing and reading that but i don't see anything happening that will change the current circumstances. the current congress are a bunch of spinless aholes and there will be no uprising in the streets, at least not from the avergae american. the u.s. debt is unpayable even with valuless paper money. too bad. the great experiment is going to end without a real fight.

  • Cuban Refugee

    At the lowest tendrils of the roots of communism are envy and rage cloaked in pretty words like social justice, redistribution of wealth and fairness. I am here, as a witness of communism's chaos, to tell you that Castro's 50+ years in power have made Cuba a fourth-world nation after its halcyon days with the highest standard of living in Latin America — communism destroys, it does not build; it brings hate, not love; it instills fear, not confidence; it is the diabolical product of darkness, not Divine light; and it offers despair, not hope. Trust me on this one: we do not have to wait 50 years to reap the same results in this country — we are already seeing the effects of "communism light" in the inner cities of Detroit, Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia, and in the virtual death of over-taxed "blue" states like California. If Obama and his cronies are allowed to implement all the designs on their blueprint for destruction and repression, those who stood mute will be aiding in the suicide of our constitutional republic and the end of freedom.

    • sedoanman

      Infinite is the number of times the human will fall for the Big Lie.

    • http://freedom912.blogspot.com Avagadro602

      God, man, you nailed it! Who is John Galt?
      Avagadro602

  • BS77

    dumb sheeple voters get what they deserve…..if you want to make a difference, get involved in the 2012 election …..I personally like D Trump….because he is NOT a politician. I am fried on politicians, their empty promises, their vague statements…..get involved, get into the Tea Party ….let's get a winner for 2012 and save our beleaguered country.

  • JosephWiess

    If the liberals keep going after the rich, the rich will go somewhere else, like Bahrain, or China, where the economy is better and people don't go after just the rich. Then we will be a third world country.

  • sedoanman

    High taxes are intended to be an incentive for the rich to lobby so that campaign funds flow into incumbents' coffers.

  • samsgran1948

    I have begun to define "liberalism" as the fear that somebody else has more "stuff". At the bottom of all the whining, bellyaching and "gimme, gimme, gimme" is an absolute resentment that they don't have this year's Mercedes, the biggest house in town, the ability to dine out at 4-star restaurants three times a day, a permanent domicile in all the best resorts and all the latest and best electronic toys. If I have one penny more in my checking account than they do, it's not because I work longer and harder, it's because I reached into their checking account and stole that penny. They are sick with jealousy and greed, and just plain lazy.

    • Jim_C

      As if liberals don't work hard, don't own businesses, don't possess wealth. Whatever floats your stereotype, right?

  • Wesley69

    Sharpio is dead on. This debate is not about the revenue raised by taxing the rich. It is all about fairness and the need to transfer that unearned money away from the "evil" rich.

    But Obama's ideas go beyond this. We wants the US standard of living to go down because we have exploited Third World Countries for years. Transferring wealth to them, through high oil prices, money for drilling, aid to the Palestinians, all of this suits Obama's anti-colonial attitude. According to Obama, the US is just another country in the world. It is not a major power.

  • g_jochnowitz

    "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24).

    • KS Jeffersonian

      Jesus went on to say that all things are possible with God. The problem is not the wealth, it is the tendency of the wealthy to depend on their wealth, not on God.

    • http://newmediaage.shugartmedia.com/NewMediaWorld/ Tar_n_Feathers

      Maybe so, but I'd prefer to be tempted by riches and take my chances.

  • KS Jeffersonian

    Greed is wanting or trying to get that which you have not earned.

    Making yourself so valuable that people are willing to you large amounts of money for your services does not make you greedy.

    Expecting others to take care of your needs and desires, especially through welfare payments that have been forcibly seized from others through taxes, does make you greedy.

    • sedoanman

      There is a lot said by liberal politicians about greed and precious little said about envy. There are two Commandments against envy, but I don't recall any against greed.

      • Jim_C

        Well, I would say "covertousness" is virtually the same thing as greed; you may not agree. In any case, you may want to read this thing called the "New Testament"…plenty there on greed.

  • topperj

    One of the saddest things I saw on TV was when the brilliant Thomas Sowell opined he was glad he was getting on in years so he wouldn't see the end of the America he loves. I share his sentiments. Another four years of this wretched human as President, and it will be a fait accompli.

  • sedoanman

    Remember back during the Clinton administration when they were beating the same "the-rich-should-pay-more-of-their-fair-share-of-taxes" drum? The line was the same, “Those making over $250,000 should pay more.” Well, one of the things they passed was a tax on luxury yachts, and guess what. The rich stopped buying them, and the industry had to lay off a lot of "Joe The Boatmakers." What little taxes that were collected probably didn’t pay for all the Joes’ unemployment. We really taught those evil, greedy rich people a thing or two.

    If øbama thinks the rich should pay more, there’s nothing stopping him from setting an example and paying more, since he’s rich by his own definition. He can write a check payable to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and in the memo section, notate that it's a Gift to reduce the Debt Held by the Public, and mail it to:

    Attn Dept G
    Bureau of the Public Debt
    P. O. Box 2188
    Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

    • sedoanman

      P.S. He will also get a tax deduction for the gift, unlike the non-deductibity of taxes.

  • coyote3

    Well, I am certainly concerned, but really, the rich have always prevailed. I am not saying that is a bad thing, it is isn't a bad thing. They deserve to prevail. That being said, I think what is going to happen is that the rich are going to "eat" the left. In fact, they are already doing it.

    • Jim_C

      Do you think they're that hungry?

  • Fred Dawes

    Obama want's one thing you working for one dollar a-day, obama is a Marxist and he hates all people who ask question and look like he or she will not get in line for the American camp systrm.

  • Jim_C

    I think it's funny that rich and successful Harvard grad Obama is criticized for "resenting" rich, successful people because…um…"Marx," er "Alinsky," uh…well, hey, what does it matter in the endless, trifling, obsessive soap opera speculation on his "motivation" with which conservatives justify their past and future election losses to Obama. I'll just sit back and enjoy! See you around the funny farm!

  • Jim_C

    Really? So he came out of Harvard Law magnum cum laude and instead of making his fortune in a big firm decided to help poor people because…he knew he'd be president/tyrant in a couple decades?

    Sorry…there's thousands of examples that would prove you wrong but I doubt they'll change your mind.

    • trickyblain

      Yep – before he was born, even his parents knew he would become president/tyrant. That's why they planted the birth announcement. You do know it's all part of an Islamist plan to detroy America, Christianity and puppies, don't you, Jim?

    • BLJ

      Hey Jimbo. Can you please direct me to the place where I can see a transcipt of the Chosen One's grades? This includes Occidental College as well.

      Your belly seems to be full of the same type of kool-aid (only lib flavor) that you accuse anyone who disagrees with you of drinking.

      • Jim_C

        Bahahaha! Now that you have his birth certificate, you want his grades! Good for you! Your concern for this country is oh so touching!

  • Jim_C

    Interesting that it is wealthy liberals who propose and support this….They must "envy" themselves, right?

    "Liberals want you to die"…good grief, how old are you? Grow the hell up.

  • BLJ

    I could care less about his birth certificate you twit. I just wonder why every other Presidential candidate's grades are accessable and Mr O's are not? If he is as smart as
    people like you seem to think he is than let's see them.

    It amazes me that normal people get vetted out while applying for a job and Obama is given a free pass by his good friends in the MSM. The amount of clueless idiots (you can count yourself as one if you want) who voted for this guy without any idea of what he stands for is amazing. P.T. Barnum was right.

    • Amused

      Yea right , now that the B.C. is in your face you're gonna work on your next pack of lie , and you'll nget them shoved up the same place .You're a TRUMP PARROT , and all that bankruptcy expert and B.S, artist does ,is LIES .YOU are the IDIOT .

  • Wesley69

    FPM's argument is a fact-based, a non-emotional argument. Obama wants to raise taxes on the rich, not because it will raise revenue. To him, it is about fairness and redistribution of wealth. He is certainly a Socialist and probably further to the Left

  • Amused

    Hey Shapiro , aint you glad your handlers at FPM buried your rant on the birth certificate ?

    Well today you got'em . Gonna retract your LIES , in a gesture of TRUE JOURNALISM ?

    Will FPM Do the same ? They're just a guilty , they gave you the venue to spout your lies.

    I doubt it .

  • Martel64

    Only the rich that are even an inch to the "right" of The Left.Never the Left Rich – the Tom Hanks', Sean Penns, Robert Downey Jrs, Oliver Stones, Jane Fondas,David Crosbys,Jackson Brownes, Bert Scneiders, Jack Nicholsons,Jay Z's, Diddys,Bill Cosbys, Grace Slicks,Tarantinos,the Weinsteins,De Niros, Spike Lees,Whoopi Goldbergs,Robin Wiliamses,Michael Moores,John Waters', Tony Bennetts, Eddie Vedders, Bonos,Barbara Walters',Barbra Streisands, Bill Gates',Bill & Bernardine,etc,etc,etc – NEVER ,as they are the "Good" Rich.