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Video || Maggie Thatcher Addresses Income Inequality

One thing I’ve wondered about the new, Obama-generated income inequality obsession: How do we know?

Whatever the statistics say, how do people without much money know how many rich people there are? Or whether they’re five percent richer than they used to be?

We all see very wealthy people tooling around in sports cars. Maybe we ride by their mansions. Are you or I suddenly going to join the proletariat in the street and storm the Trump Tower if we see one or two more well off people a year than we used to?

Why, we’ve known about rich people since at least the 1980s, when we all watched Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But we only know if there are more rich people if someone tells us about it. And as you’ve noticed, someone is telling us about it.

We are learning through President Obama’s rhetoric of despair. His hope to convince us that we’re a nation of resentful losers, and that the only way we can win is by bringing the successful down. He seeks to infuriate us enough that we’ll storm the polls and elect people who will seize the unfairly gotten wealth of the upper crust.

Because if there are people who are poor, it can’t be because of Obama’s policies. IT’S BECAUSE SOMEONE TOOK THEIR MONEY AND BOUGHT A FERRARI WITH IT. And Obama means to get it back.

The growth in the income gap is far less than it appears when one considers all the new welfare of the last few decades. Or is it, rather, worse, because the new welfare provides a disincentive to earn your own way?

Really, how does it hurt me if someone who is very wealthy becomes wealthier? Does anyone really think there’s not money out there to be made because the rich are hoarding it?

Do rich people keep their money under their mattresses? In a safe behind the Picasso? Buried beneath the bush beside the pool?

No, they invest it. Or they provide jobs. Every job I’ve had, from busboy to journalist, was given to me by a wealthy person. Is Obama’s jobless recovery the result of rich people taking all the jobs and working them themselves?

The real danger to society is not that a few more people might become a little wealthier. It’s that we might prevent them from becoming a little wealthier. Then we’d be less wealthy too.

But at least things would be more equal! We could be a classless, dreary, muck of sameness, and we could all suffer together. Obama would much rather that than allow some people to really, really succeed.

It is an old story. Margaret Thatcher eloquently and fearlessly told it during her last speech in the House of Commons, on November 22, 1990. Have a look, you’ll enjoy this.

Obama Uses Mandela Speech to Jab Republicans

Oh boy. This is not cool.

It seems clear to me that President Obama took a smack at Republicans during his remarks this morning in South Africa at the memorial for Nelson Mandela, busting them for talking Mandela’s talk while failing to walk the walk.

In America, and in South Africa, and in countries all around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not yet done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important . . . There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.

Obama, as you probably know, has lately been doing his income inequality schtick, saying it’s the biggest thing that drives him and will be the focus of the rest of his presidency and secretly has been his focus all along and blah blah blah blah blah.

But now it appears that Republicans who oppose his statist and redistributionist measures to achieve income equality lack the moral fiber of people like Obama and Mandela.

Because the blood of Mandela, you see, still flows within Obama:

But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world – you, too, can make his life’s work your own.

Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man. (Applause.) He speaks to what’s best inside us.

Clearly, Republicans need to do a better job finding what’s best inside them. If they could only locate their inner Madiba, they might support universal early childhood education, Obamacare, a $20 minimum wage, and gay marriage.

Speaking at such an historic event overseas, Obama should have made damn sure to steer clear of any hint of partisanship and moral judgement against his political opponents. But he can’t help himself.

Because Obama’s central animating principle as president is not leading the nation; it’s his vision of social justice. He doesn’t view himself as Republicans’ president too, but as the man bearing the progressive banner against their immoral, discriminatory ideology of hate.