There's nothing like standing in front of a room full of millionaires, some who paid as much as $35,800 a ticket to hear the president speak, and waxing on about how the wealthy don't pay their "fair share." If only we raised the tax rates of the richest, the economy would rebound and the deficit would decrease and the so-called "working class" would have pain-free lives of rainbows, unicorns, and free health care.
This is the state of modern Leftism. Talk about the sham of all shams.
How many of these fat cat contributors to the president do you think paid the maximum amount on their income tax without taking any deductions? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the same number who wrote checks to the U.S. Treasury above what they owed. Big Fat Zero. The way the income tax is currently structured, it truly favors the uber-wealthy, and yes, they like it that way. They're the only ones who can afford the accountants and lobbyists and offshore accounts to move and hide their assets and minimize what they pay the government through loopholes. The middle class can't and so individuals making $90,000 a year end up being taxed at a higher rate than those making a million or more.
Meanwhile, successful companies who would like to create jobs here are forced to keep more profits overseas while struggling, unprofitable companies are granted subsidies by Obama and friends. The president appears to not only favor this status quo system, he is ready to double down on crony capitalism.
When Hollywood and Silicon Valley rock stars stand up and applaud the president's proposal to soak them, beware the wolves cloaked in sheep's clothing. What they are really celebrating is the fact that they are all phonies getting credit for making a sacrifice none of them plans to make, pretending to care for the downtrodden while knowing damn well they are going to seek every measure possible to avoid paying out one dollar that doesn't promise a return on their investment. If a rich person demands big government, it's because big government is making them rich.
The current American era of endless self-promotion, social networking, cries for attention, and celebrity worship could easily be called the Age of Narcissism.
In the Age of Narcissism, giving is considered the smallest reward while expressing concern about how little others receive from the government is considered the height of compassion. Thus, $35,000 donations are made to rub elbows with the president by the same people who contribute as little as $350 to the local food pantry, or better still, to some charity in support of the arts - all to receive adulation while actually avoiding rubbing elbows with the lower members of society. This is a win-win for the phonies who fill the banquet halls of Brother Obama's Wealthy Traveling Salvation Show. It is they who are looking to be saved by Big Government, to avoid being thrown into the swamp of middle class banality by a system based on true meritocracy.
There is no better era for an opportunist like Barack Obama, who has spent a lifetime pretending to make a difference while shamelessly promoting himself to the top. You can count the number of poor people Barack Obama has actually helped on one hand, and I'm pretty sure his brother in Kenya still lives in a hut on $25 a month.
No, President Obama has been the biggest help to the rich and famous. George Soros, Jeffrey Immelt, Steven Wesley, and any of the top executives at Goldman Sachs. All the while, middle class families continue to struggle in an economy with 9% unemployment, where the work force is shrinking and wages remain low, with the price of everything from food to medicine skyrocketing and the gap between rich and poor continuing to widen under the guided hand of socialism.
If you make between $30,000 and $100,000, everything the government claims it's doing is for your benefit, to help you afford more by taking more from somebody else. Yet the only difference you see is in higher gas prices, higher food prices, higher college tuition, higher health care costs, and more restrictions on the type of insurance or light bulb you can purchase.
For the middle class, Obama has not laid out a path to prosperity, but to economic stagnation. That means less opportunity, less disposable income (the president is even telling many Americans that they shouldn't expect to be able to afford a house, that "frankly, they are probably better off renting"), and eventually higher taxes when government programs go further into bankruptcy.
Obama's crowd of limousine liberals isn't looking out for the "working class." They are looking down on them. And they will gladly pay a small fee to keep their distance.