Obama to Plumber: My Plan Will 'Spread the Wealth Around'
Barack Obama tells a plumber in Ohio he wants to "spread the wealth around," eliciting criticism that his economic recovery plan is socialist in nature.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Barack Obama told a tax-burdened plumber over the weekend that his economic philosophy is to "spread the wealth around" -- a comment that may only draw fire from riled-up John McCain supporters who have taken to calling Obama a "socialist" at the Republican's rallies.
Obama made the remark, caught on camera, after fielding some tough questions from the plumber Sunday in Ohio, where the Democratic candidate canvassed neighborhoods and encouraged residents to vote early.
"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed "more and more for fulfilling the American dream."
"It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too," Obama responded. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
Obama's remarks drew fresh criticism on the blogosphere that the Illinois senator favors a breed of wealth redistribution -- as well as a rebuke from the McCain campaign.
"If Barack Obama's goal as President is to 'spread the wealth around,' perhaps his unconditional meetings with Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro, and Kim Jong-Il aren't so crazy -- if nothing else they can advise an Obama administration on economic policy," McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said in a written statement to FOXNews.com. "In contrast, John McCain's goal as president will be to let the American people prosper unburdened by government and ever higher taxes."
Here's the one thing that is going to piss all of us off - when the Democrats tweak these bailout packages and make everything conditional on having certain segments of society sit on the boards of banks - people like those sweet folks who run ACORN, or union members (that was in one of the bills but was taken out), or minority members who have nothing to do with unions or community action groups like ACORN.
One of the provisions in the bank bailout was supposedly the requirement for every house loan over $100K, $400.00 is to be given to community action groups like ACORN - that will be part of the closing cost. I have not confirmed this but if there was originally a clause to give money directly to ACORN if there were actual profits made from the bad loans, anything could be possible.
The idea of rewards based upon merit is flying out the window and we are witnessing a historical change in our way of life that will be felt forever - and it was triggered, for the most part, by affirmative action in the lending market. Talk about un-fucking-intended consequences. And here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to vote against decscrimination under the guise of affirmative action this time around. Hmmm...I haven't made up my mind yet....