If you’re not patriotic, you’re selfish

November 1, 2008

So, first Joe Biden tells us that paying higher taxes is patriotic. Now we have his running-mate, the Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles giving us the flip side of the coin: if you don't want to pay higher taxes, you're selfish:

"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.

"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."

Oh, thank you, Messiah! So those of us who think we can make better decisions with our money than some distant Washington bureaucrat are now selfish? Let me tell you something, bub. The money we selfishly keep gets spread around in our local communities through spending and investment: maybe I buy something at a local small business, and that money helps the owner hire an extra employee, giving someone a job. Maybe I donate it to a local charity (Selfish, ain't I?) that feeds the destitute at Thanksgiving. Or maybe I let it sit in my credit union account, where it forms part of the pool of loan money that gives others opportunities to improve their lives.

How selfish of me.

Or maybe I invest in one of many fine companies in America and around the globe, building my own personal wealth and making me less likely to be a burden on the retirement system.

There I go, thinking only of myself again.

This may come as news to you, Comrade Senator, but it isn't a mark of selfishness not to want to pay higher taxes. Far from it, it may be a mark of good sense, given the miserable record of government waste in spending. (Here's an example.) Individuals are responsible for the money they earn and spend. Bureaucrats area almost never responsible for the money they confiscate and disburse.

And I love the irony that suffuses observation that we are selfish for not wanting to pay higher taxes, given the miserable record of you and your minion, Hairplug, when it comes to charitable giving.

Go ahead, Senator. Keep insulting us through election day. Please. Winking

LINKS: Fausta; Power Line; Sister Toldjah.