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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

McCain-Palin Advocating "Sharing the Wealth"

McCain and Palin are having a field day with the notion that Barack Obama is a socialist. It's an argument that is taking solid root in the base, but isn't gaining much traction anywhere else (at least as far as I can tell). It seems like a bizarre argument to me to take Obama's notion that we should "spread the wealth around" and use it to proclaim him a socialist. First, it's hypocritical. Here are what McCain and Palin, before they were running on the GOP ticket, had to say about spreading the wealth, according to the New Yorker:
During the 2000 campaign, on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” a young woman asked him why her father, a doctor, should be “penalized” by being “in a huge tax bracket.” McCain replied that “wealthy people can afford more” and that “the very wealthy, because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes, really don’t pay nearly as much as you think they do.” The exchange continued:

YOUNG WOMAN: Are we getting closer and closer to, like, socialism and stuff?. . .
MCCAIN: Here’s what I really believe: That when you reach a certain level of comfort, there’s nothing wrong with paying somewhat more.

A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, [Palin] told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.”
Of course, the idea that Obama would take office and suddenly morph into a socialist and ram his radical agenda through a Democratically controlled Congress is absurd. First, if he does happen to win, he'll want to be re-elected in 2012. Suddenly turning the Federal Government into France isn't the way to go about getting votes.

Second, this is a man who is so deliberative and thoughtful about every choice and decision he's ever made that he voted "present" 130 times as a state senator in Illinois. That really sounds like someone whose going to suddenly rock the boat and institute the most radical-leftist agenda this nation has ever seen. He is, after all, handing out Marxist literature at his rallies just to give people a head's up.... Or not.

Third, redistributive wealth (i.e. taxes) is not something Americans are willing to give up. They may bitch and moan about paying money to the government, but they'll definitely take the help from FEMA after a hurricane (presuming they show up). They'll definitely take the money for their schools (presuming they like No Child Left Behind). They'll definitely take those social security checks (presuming there's any money left). Where does all that money for those things come from? I think it works something like this: the government takes your wealth, it throws it into a big pool, and then it redistributes it.

Hopefully we'll elect Barack Obama President. I've always wanted to live in Paris.

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