If Barack Obama is not a socialist,
he does the
best imitation of one I`ve ever seen.
Under his tax plan, the top 5
percent of wage-earners have their income tax rates
raised from 35 percent to 40 percent, while the bottom
40 percent of all wage-earners, who pay no income tax,
are sent federal checks.
If this is not the socialist
redistribution of wealth, what is it?
A steeply graduated income tax has
always been the preferred weapon of the left for
bringing about socialist equality. Indeed, in the
of 1848, Karl Marx was himself among the
first to call for
"a heavy progressive or graduated income tax."
The Obama tax plan is pure
Robin Hood class warfare: Use the tax power of the
state to rob the successful and reward the faithful.
Only in Sherwood Forest it was assumed the Sheriff of
Nottingham and his crowd had garnered their wealth by
other than honest labor.
wealth," Barack admonished Joe the Plumber.
according to his ability, to each according to his
need," said old Karl in 1875. When Barbara West of
WFTV in Orlando, Fla., put the Marx quote to Biden,
however, Joe recoiled in spluttering disbelief.
may recognize this famous quote: `From each according to
his abilities, to each according to his needs.` That`s
from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if
he intends to spread the wealth around?"
"Are you joking?
Is this a joke?"
Biden`s better defense, however,
might have be the
"u quoque!" retort:
time-honored counter-charge of hypocrisy.
Indeed, how do Republicans who call
Obama a socialist explain their support for Social
Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, welfare and
the Earned Income Tax Credit? What are these if not
government-mandated transfers of wealth to the middle
and working class, and the indigent and working poor?
Since August, the Bush-Paulson team
has seized our biggest S&L,
Washington Mutual, and largest insurance company,
AIG. It has nationalized Fannie and Freddie, pumped
scores of billions into our banks, bailed out GM, Ford
and Chrysler, and paid the $29 billion dowry for Bear
Stearns to enter its shotgun marriage with JPMorgan
And with federal, state and local
taxes taking a third of
gross domestic product, and government regulating
businesses with wage-and-hour laws,
civil rights laws, environmental laws, and
occupational health and safety laws, what are we
living under, if not a mixed socialist-capitalist
Norman Thomas is said to have quit running for
president on the Socialist ticket after six campaigns
because the Democratic Party had stolen all his ideas
and written them into its platforms.
Did Ike repeal the
New Deal? Did Richard Nixon roll back the Great
Society? Nope. He funded the Great Society. Did Ronald
Reagan cut federal spending? Nope, defense spending
soared. Bill Clinton slashed defense, but George Bush II
set social spending records with No Child Left Behind
and prescription drug benefits for the elderly under
Medicare. Surpluses vanished, deficits returned, the
national debt almost doubled.
Is the old republic then dead and
gone, in the irretrievable past? Are we engaged in an
argument settled before we were born?
In his 1938 essay
Revolution Was," Garet Garrett wrote:
"There are those who think they are holding the pass against a
revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are
gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind
them. It went by in the Night of DeDepression,
singing songs to freedom."
Nevertheless, there is a difference
not just of degree but of kind between unemployment
compensation for jobless workers, welfare for destitute
families, and confiscating the income of taxpayers who
earned it—to hand out to chronic tax consumers who did
This last is the socialism Winston
"the philosophy of envy and gospel of greed."
And it is this suggestion of socialist
ideology in Obama`s words that has produced the belated
pause by a nation that seemed to be moving into his
camp. What did Barack say in 2001?
spoke of the inadequacy of the courts as institutions to bring about
change" in society, of the
the civil rights movement in losing sight of the
"political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to
bring about the coalitions of power through which you
bring about redistributive change."
Normal people don`t talk like that.
This is ideology speaking. This is
the redistributionist drivel one hears from
cosseted college radicals and the
professors" Obama says in his memoir he sought out
at the university. It is the language of social
Bernardine Dohrn and Father Pfleger.
Enforced egalitarianism entails the
death of excellence. For it seizes the rewards that
excellence earns and turns them over to politicians and
bureaucrats for distribution to the mediocrities upon
whose votes they depend. One need not be Ayn Rand to see
that Barack has picked up from past associates utopian
notions that have ever produced nightmare states.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its
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