Here we go again, President Obama is working hard to implement his ‘divide and conquer’ election strategy. Today, he renewed his tired old call of raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires; he fully knows that this has a snowball’s chance of passing, but it will make him look good to the “little guys” in November. In his statement he made the following quotes (yes, I copied and pasted, but I think it’s the best way to repeat the quote accurately):
“We don’t envy success in this country. We aspire to it. But we also believe that anyone who does well for themselves should do their fair share in return, so that more people have the opportunity to get ahead — not just a few.”
“Today, the wealthiest Americans are paying taxes at one of the lowest rates in 50 years,” Obama said. “Warren Buffett is paying a lower rate than his secretary. Meanwhile, over the last 30 years, the tax rates for middle-class families have barely budged.”
First, I’d like to clarify: our family income is solidly middle-class…adjusted gross income for 2011 was in the $70,000 range; why am I stating that? I want to make sure everyone understands that I am a middle class individual crying in the wilderness that this is a load of horse manure, with some bull patties mixed in for good measure. Now that the air has been cleared, let’s dissect this stupidity.
“We don’t envy success in this country. We aspire to it.”…I guess this could be classified as “truthiness”; the Democrat party base HATES success; to them, someone who is successful always achieves that by taking from someone else, it is never earned honestly. Look at the OWS kooks, do you really think any of them aspire to succeed?
“But we also believe that anyone who does well for themselves should do their fair share in return”…HA! And just in case you didn’t get it the first time, HA! HA! Either this is a bald-faced lie or our illustrious President doesn’t believe the numbers put out by his own IRS. Either way, this is a clear attempt to incite hatred in the “have-nots”, but isn’t this what Community Organizers do? Latest published IRS data (2009) shows that the top 5% of income earners paid 58.66% of all income taxes, just how does a Chicago politician define “fair share”? In addition, according to the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, American households making $200,000 or more per year gave a total of $142.7 billion dollars to charity (this report is from 2005, but it’s the latest one I could find from a reputable source)…the rest of us? $109.8 billion, this is not to say that the wealthy are more big-hearted than everyone else, I think it’s a wonderful reflection on the goodwill of the American people as a whole…we routinely give to causes we find worthy; this observation includes the Obama’s also…according to their 2010 tax returns, they $245,075 to charity…roughly 14% of their income, bravo to them. The point I’m making is, where is the evidence that those who do well don’t do their “fair share”? Evidently, my definition of “fair share” is different than a liberal’s definition.
“Today, the wealthiest Americans are paying taxes at one of the lowest rates in 50 years”…that statement conveniently ignores the fact that the Tax Reform Act of 1986 redefined Adjusted Gross Income, which drastically changed the percentage of AGI paid in taxes. Liberals have always had a hard time with facts, though. Here’s another fact for our liberal “friends”: in 1987, the top 5% of income earners paid 43.26% of all taxes, by 2009, that percentage stood at 58.66%…an increase of 35.6%. This brings us to…
“over the last 30 years, the tax rates for middle-class families have barely budged.” Really? In the same period (1987-2009) the percentage of AGI paid by families in the top 50% to the top 25% in taxes went from 17.02% to 10.45%, a decrease of 38.6%. Barely budging? Once again, the liberal definition is very different from mine…or Daniel Webster’s, for that matter.
Now, I know that Mr. Obama is talking about tax rates, not actual percentages of taxes paid, but, this is yet another example of the way this President has manipulated the conversation to divide us, the American people, for his own gain. It’s a glaring example of how liberals use the evil power of divisiveness to enrich their coffers and expand their power…and it has to stop. It is our responsibility, as educated conservatives to take this message to all of those who have been duped by this ‘divide and conquer strategy’ and lead the charge to take back the White House and Senate in November.