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Obama Serves Up a Fresh Heaping of Class Warfare

President Obama Wednesday decided to rally his beleaguered troops with a special post-Thanksgiving serving of class warfare, heading to his political brain trust at Washington’s Center for American Progress to proclaim income inequality “the defining challenge of our time.”

In fact, it’s what got him into the politics business, he said.

I believe this is the defining challenge of our time:  Making sure our economy works for every working American.  It’s why I ran for President.  It was at the center of last year’s campaign.  It drives everything I do in this office.

Oh boy. So that’s why the economy is still slumbering and unemployment remains high. We’re trying to redistribute wealth instead of create it.

There will, Obama promised, be more “spending” to address “inequality,” deficits be damned:

When it comes to our budget, we should not be stuck in a stale debate from two years ago or three years ago.  A relentlessly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit.

There’s something I don’t understand. If there is significant, expanding income inequality – and I’m not convinced there is – why has it taken place in the context of massive growth in the entitlement state? I mean, we keep adding new programs, eliminating vast swaths of people from the tax rolls, and still, voilà, growing income inequality.

WHY IS THE ANSWER YET MORE “HELP”? More government “action”?

If we’re going to focus on expanding wealth at the lower income rungs, how about tackling The Culture of Dependency created by all these brilliant ideas hatched at places like the Center for American Progress.

At the heart of Obama’s confusion about what’s wrong in the nation is the startling comment he made near the end of his speech:

Government is us, he said.

Think about the mindset that produces such a comment.

No, government is not us. There are honorable, decent and sometimes even hard working men and women employed by the federal government. But the federal government is not us.

The federal government is a remorseless creature, a necessary evil bloated far beyond what the Founders envisioned, that forcibly – under threat of jail time – takes money from citizens and uses it for whatever purpose it wants, including giving to other citizens who have not earned it.

Obama said:

Government can’t stand on the sidelines in our efforts.  Because government is us.  It can and should reflect our deepest values and commitments.

Actually, by pretending to do the job for us, government relieves us of our deepest values and commitments. It cannot possibly reflect our values, because it not among us. It is over us. It doesn’t need to earn a living, raise children, or fear going out of business. It is fueled by the corrupting influence of power, not morality. With police backing it up, it becomes inebriated with the sense it can do what it wants and take what it likes.

It’s not us. It tells us what to do.

The government should act as a railroad switch, occasionally stepping in to provide some redirection when there is discrimination or cheating. Obama thinks government is the locomotive and the caboose.

Because, you see, he views the world as a vicious gladiatorial arena, where men are helplessly pitted against lions, and corporate CEOs sit amidst their concubines and their wine and with cruel nonchalance deliver the thumbs up or thumbs down.

And BTW, you racist rich, it’s not just blacks being oppressed, since we know you don’t care about them, but whites too. So listen up, your own are in jeopardy:

First, there is the myth that this is a problem restricted to a small share of predominantly minority poor — that this isn’t a broad-based problem, this is a black problem or a Hispanic problem or a Native American problem.  Now, it’s true that the painful legacy of discrimination means that African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans are far more likely to suffer from a lack of opportunity — higher unemployment, higher poverty rates.

A new study shows that disparities in education, mental health, obesity, absent fathers, isolation from church, isolation from community groups — these gaps are now as much about growing up rich or poor as they are about anything else.  The gap in test scores between poor kids and wealthy kids is now nearly twice what it is between white kids and black kids . . .  So the fact is this:  The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race, and that gap is growing.

Can Obama have so little faith in America that he assumes he can’t sell his program as easily if people are thinking they’re mainly helping minorities?

I don’t think we’re so callous.

What’s callous is believing that a government so bloated it’s $16 trillion in debt must expand still further to solve the problems created by its prior expansion. That yet more of the fruit of people’s labor must be stolen from them. And that the culture of government is the culture of America, even as it has ground the poor into a dependent, permanent underclass.

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68 Responses to Obama Serves Up a Fresh Heaping of Class Warfare

      • No doubt their wealth comes from the taxpayers, just as their upkeep does. I know the State Department bought a boatload of Preezy’s ghostwritten books for Christmas gifts back in 2011. Wouldn’t be surprised if most of the other alphabet agencies do the same thing.

      • I heard it was the State Department buying up his books to give away to Third World countries as “gifts”.

        After what the IRS pulled this past year, I’m wondering if they’re not letting Obama hide “stuff” from his tax files ? I also keep seeing that Michelle gets a little stipend from some sort of “account” that no one’s sure where it is.

        These are the same Obamas who lived off their mortgage credit lines before he hit the big time author/prezzy jackpot. It boggles my mind.

  1. One fallacy of his argument is that heavier taxes bear most heavily on the rich. The fact is that you probably could take 75% of a truly rich person’s income in taxes (not that it would be a good idea) and they would still have enough to be “rich.” But take even 10% or 15% from a median-income citizen, and it is devastating. There’s not enough for essentials, and nothing left for extras. It’s a horrible situation.

    His Marxism becomes ever more clear, and he must be stopped, long before 2017.

  2. He said he would unite us into one America, but he has divided us along the lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, regionalism, religious beliefs, and finally class. I don’t mean he has finally added class to the mix because it’s been there all along. I mean he finally admits that it has been his real target from the beginning.

    We are stuck with him for more than three years. From the Judiciary Committee’s hearings yesterday I gather than people from both the Democrats and Republicans see him as a President as one seeking unfettered power, yet so many of them implied that there is nothing we can do about it, there is no way to enforce the Constitution. We have but one hope left, and that is for the conservatives to gain control of the House and Senate next year so that he can be both impeached and convicted. If we don’t, as one testifier said, when the populace sees the President can get away with breaking the law, they will think it the go-ahead for them to break it too.

    • Obama is playing the oldest tactic in the lefty world to divide us along all the lines you mentioned., i.e. thesis, antithesis and synthesis. For Obama, it’s divide and conquer at full throttle. Thesis-the present genuine state we are in; Antithesis-description of how awful things are at present (this is where Obama spends most of his time); Synthesis-how wonderful things will be if only we do what Obama is demanding of us. Obama’s problem is that he has solidly created a reputation as a compulsive liar, and fewer people believe anything he says in his antithesis mode.

  3. Keith: You and Daniel Greenfield leave me speechless. I wish that something would leave Obama the same way. The more he talks, the more he reveals, the more he reveals, the more revile I feel.
    – snip –
    The secular god of the progressive ideal has become an entity of life, death and rebirth.
    Its failures only incite its followers to believe that it will come again. It does not matter how many gulags and mass graves lie in its wake. It is a matter of faith. And in a secular world, there is nothing left to believe in except a better world. Obama is dying now. ObamaCare, his great work, has failed. Like Ra and all the others, he will pass into the darkness and the ideas will reemerge again in a new avatar. Sultan Knish: The Liberal God Dies Again

  4. The sooner we change the word government to the words The State the sooner legal Americans will realize what Obama is saying.

    And a little history lesson in the phrase l’etat c’est moi wouldn’t hurt either.

    • It starts earlier, Denise. Who put him in (I won’t say through), Occidental College, Columbia University, Harvard Law School and the Presidency of the Harvard Law Review? Why are ALL of his records under court seal?

    • That’s the $64,000 question, Denise. You’re not the first one to ask it. I’ve posted this quote before, but it’s worth reposting again.

      “Perhaps Communists had wormed their way so deeply into our government on both the working and planning levels that they were able to exercise an inordinate degree of power in shaping the course of America in the dangerous postwar era.

      I could not help wondering and worrying whether we were faced with open enemies across the conference table and hidden enemies who sat with us in our most secret councils.” – General Mark Clark

      • All this is what I tried to find out when he floated out of nowhere–I think–maybe–Reid and Kennedy and maybe Pelosi got him the speech at the 2004 convention that gave him his “push.” They sort of made him up–with help from a lot of people such as Valjar, etc. Michelle said at the time–why him. he has never done anything…then his handlers put her under wraps.

        • I don’t know who got him that speech, but you’re right: that was another major milepost on his way to the top. He’s been nursed along, but by whom?

          • “You see, if you amount to anything in Washington these days, it is because you have been plucked or handpicked from an Ivy League school — Harvard, Yale, Kennedy School of Government — you’ve shown an aptitude to be a good Ivy League type, and so you’re plucked so-to-speak, and you are assigned success. You are assigned a certain role in government somewhere, and then your success is monitored and tracked, and you go where the pluckers and the handpickers can put you.”

            Rush Limbaugh, February 7, 1995

      • Many real Socialists and Communists (Krushchev is one that I remember) have warned the US decades ago that we will fall from within. Starting to look like they were right :(

        Also, the Roman Empire’s Bread and Circuses remind me too much of Obama’s Free Stuff promises. They lasted 700 years, we’re barely gonna make 300.

        • And Stalin before Khrushchev ….

          “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”
          Joseph Stalin

        • The George Soros multi-billion $ empire, with dozens of well-known and ‘not-so-well known’ entities funded bho’s rise to power and will continue to do so! In 2014, discussion of a ‘third term’ for bho will begin in the Senate. If citizens are not involved, ALREADY, in supporting ‘common sense’ candidates for the Nov 2014 Election, then many political analysts believe that local, state, fed ‘fund-raising’ will never reach the almost ‘limitless’ monies from Soros’ and Co.! jk

        • Bread (welfare) and circuses (celebrity culture/NFL/NBA/MBL/et cet.) started long before FCMABBHO showed up. But, it’s definitely escalated under his watch.

          • Thanks Mandy, that’s what I was talking about too. I visit NYC enough to know it’s NOT the Koch Brothers either. All my favorite “artsy-fartsy” museums seem to be improving and expanding because of the Kochs. Yay, them :)

    • Denise – I am a bit embarrassed, because I do not believe in conspiracy theories, but I am starting to have serious Manchurian Candidate thoughts about him. He is so hard-left and uncompromising, and repeats mantras over and over so much. There is an old Hawaii Five-O episode about deep plants through funding their education. That is Hollywood, but I am really starting to wonder.

  5. “Government is us.” Yep, we are the ones we have been waiting for.

    When was the last time any administration blatantly solicited customers for food stamps, unemployment and disability benefits on national television and Spanish-language stations?

    .Even the LIVs are now realizing that all of Obama’s mumbo-jumbo about income disparity, etc. is nothing more than warmed-over Campaign ’08 rhetoric. Everyone – white, black, purple – is now experiencing the other face of the man behind the mask. His divide and conquer stragegy is backfiring – big time!
    Just grab the popcorn, sit back, relax….and enjoy the unravelling. For the first time in five years, the country is beginning to unite.

    • Indeed!
      The fact is that the rich have gotten richer and the poor poorer BECAUSE of him and his policies.
      The rich love him. big Business love him.
      It’s the Big Business folks that want immigration change.
      Many of them love obamacare.

  6. Excellent article, Keith. Preezy Revenge and his obedient lapdogs are just trying to change the subject from his disastrous liberty-stealing health insurance scam to the same old tired leftist class warfare claptrap – take from the rich and give to the poor.

    Tis the season of giving, and Barack-o-claus is coming to town! But don’t bother standing by your mailbox breathlessly waiting for your mother lode share of the Oracle of Omaha’s vast fortune just yet. The ruling class elites will be skimming a few trillion in operating costs for themselves and their partners in crime before they get around to satiating the huddled masses.

  7. This chameleon changes his WORDS every time he senses a temperature change in the concerns of moderate people. But his goal never changes — more government money thrown at people who do not have the discipline to direct their lives so as to be personally satisfied with living good values even if never becoming rich.

    He acts as if deadbeat Dads and partytime Moms come out of bad schools — no, they come from parents who do not value education themselves except as a hurdle to get a certificate to qualify in the most basic way for a certain job. There is no call for self-cultivation, cultivation of American values such as honor, honesty, self-reliance, striving to reach high standards — just a blaming of “something missing” and that is nearly always more experts with expert salaries implementing more government programs that usually turn out to be staffed with unprepared people who are impervious to burnout in their jobs because all they want is a check.

    Rant over.

  8. O/T…but I think the media is missing a huge opportunity to connect the dots between Obama’s ‘Big Lie’ and a story that went virtually unreported yesterday. The uncle Obama claims to have never met actually stated under oath, as well as his landlord, that Obama lived with him for 3 weeks in Cambridge while attending Harvard.

    IMO, if Obama lied about such a trivial event in Cambridge, he will lie about anything to serve his best interests. We know he lied about Benghazi – 4 honorable men died. He lied about the ACA — healthcare as we knew it – died. Over the past 5 years, others have chronicled his lies – hundreds of them.

    Why is Congress not questioning his ability to serve? He is unfit to serve! If Congress started hearings based strictly on his lies, past and present, it could possibly shame him into resigning. A few of those lies are definitely impeachable.

    Roger L. Simon writes; What if it’s all True?

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2013/12/04/what-if-its-all-true/?singlepage=true

    R.J. Simon writes

    • Shame him into resigning? That’s impossible. The man has no shame.

      If he had any sense of shame, he wouldn’t be jetting off to Hawaii for two weeks while his Orwellianly-yclept “Affordable Care Act” ruins millions of lives.

      Once the business mandate kicks in, he may just have to flee the country he’ll be so utterly hated.

    • And on cue ….

      Despite saying he’d never met the man, Obama now says he did live with him for a period of time in the 1980s while preparing to attend University. Via Boston Globe, : President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the, two ever meeting. Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation h…
      http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/05/obama-flip-flops-

          • That’s exactly why he should be forced out – one way or the other. He’s a sociopath with no conscience, ethics or morals. He never would have won a second term if he had been exposed before the election. And Obamacare would be sitting in the dumpster.

            He and Candy Crowley should have been hauled off in handcuffs after the second debate. It was ‘fixed’.

            Honestly, the man is sooo corrupt, there must be a way to invalidate his entire presidency.

      • I just read that elsewhere.. Why didn’t they think to ask Obama before releasing a statement last year? It’s like the WH is nothing but a puppet show, from staff to the top guy.

  9. In addition to class warfare, DOJ and DHS are gearing up for amnesty. See this useful article on DHS new immigration attorney hires.

    http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2013/12/04/amnesty-incorporated-dhs-hires-immigration-activist-lawyers/

    Who the heck has oversight? What are the relevant committees? This is crazy.

    DOJ and DHS are supposed to work for the American people and the American citizens. If they are going to be a front for LaRaza and the illegals, then LaRaza and Mexico should pay these salaries.

  10. Excellent analysis, Keith.

    Barry said, “I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American.

    Seems to me working Americans are getting stiffed every which way, while the non-working, non-contributing layabouts get all the goodies.

  11. A lot of the accumulation of wealth in the last couple decades is related to the lateral and verticality of the marketplace. Originally, patents were set up to last 20 years because it might take that long to get something developed, into a local market, then it would slowly spread by the limited tech (wagons and newsprint ads?) around the state and then nation.

    These days, the practical time for some markets to be penetrated can be months or less. Then one can sit in luxury in ones ‘patent castle’ for 20 years accumulating lots of wealth while your patent attorney fight away challengers.

    IMHO, there is a relatively ‘simple’ solution that could help this issue — provide tax cuts to patent owners based upon the length of term they keep their patent. If they want the full 20 years, fine tax them the full rate. If they are good with 10 years, give them a 50% tax cut for products that include that patent. Do the same for copyrights.

    This would open up all sorts of market based options to promote more commerce at all sorts of levels. Additionally, how this might be used would vary by patent owner and their particular industry. For example, some in tech might decide they only need a 5 year patent window, and use the tax saving to boost other tech development. Others, with access to patents that have run out, might develop new uses for not so old stuff and create new wealth not envisioned by those in their patent castle.

    If MS wants to abandon Windows XP, fine, when it’s patent/copyright runs out, others might distribute it and support it, if there’s a market for such a product. And MS might have to reconsider it’s endless parade of rather mundane OS upgrades that seem more intent upon sucking more bucks from developers, device driver licensing and endusers than providing a big boost in OS performance…

  12. This is just part of a campaign to keep the troops in line. Who really runs things over there? Who’s the hidden hand setting the agendas?