“Redistributive Change” – Translation Please!

WARNING – IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE WORDS BLACK OR WHITE PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS!

It seems to have taken 18 months of a campaign for someone to look into some of the actual communications of Sen. Obama. The Senator is a slick guy, and his friends and associates are keeping their mouths shut. The rest of us have to listen to the Obama of today, who is only saying what all politicians say, anything they can to get elected. Obama has made his entire economic plan about his so called tax plan, which has little or nothing to do with economics or taxes. Obama has a theory that he finally explained to “Joe the Plumber”: take wealth from those that have it, spread it around to those who don’t, and everyone will be able to hire “Joe” to fix their pipes. Joe’s answer was, “That doesn’t sound right to me.” Indeed.

The idea of redistributing wealth is as old as wealth itself. The Roman Emperors redistributed wealth the old-fashioned way, they killed the rich Patricians they didn’t like and gave their stuff to their soldiers and other supporters to secure power. Mao, Lenin and Stalin did the the same thing. Robert Mugabe is the latest addition to this method of redistribution.

Western societies are based on a much milder form of redistribution of wealth based on governments spending of lots of money on who and what they see fit, and taxing people according to their ability to pay. We all accept this form of redistribution of wealth because we all get some benefit from the government and we all pay taxes. That is, until George Bush took office. Today a large percentage of the public, people on the low end of the pay scale, pay NO income taxes. That is the unspoken truth the Bush tax plan.

Sen. Obama is now pushing for more redistribution. But until now it was unclear why Obama would favor giving people even more money from the wealthy. He has said he is doing this to be fair, not to stimulate the economy. I think “Joe” called him on that one. So what are Obama’s real motives? I think these came to light only this week with the release of a tape from a professorial exposition on local public radio. A short uncut quote:

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be okay. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in the society.

This passage, and the elaboration that followed, can be difficult to understand because it contains lots of euphemisms that liberals use to disguise what they mean. Let me translate:

As a result of the civil rights movement courts let black people vote, but that isn’t enough. They should have taken money and power from white people and given it to black people to even things out. Unfortunately, the Constitution got in their way. I think we should pass some laws to fix that.

I can’t wait for the Department of Social and Economic Justice. Just don’t rename the Justice Department: “The Man”.

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    […] “Redistributive Change” – Translation Please! WARNING – IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE WORDS BLACK OR WHITE PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS! It seems to have taken 18 months of a campaign for someone to look into some of the actual communications of Sen. Obama. The Senator is a slick guy, and his friends and associates are keeping their mouths shut. The rest of us have to listen to the Obama of today, who is only saying what all politicians say, anything they can to get elected. Obama has made his entire economic plan about his so called tax plan, which has little or nothing to do with economics or taxes. Obama has a theory that he finally explained to “Joe the Plumber”: take wealth from those that have it, spread it around to those who don’t, and everyone will be able to hire “Joe” to fix their pipes. Joe’s answer was, “That doesn’t sound right to me.” Indeed. The idea of redistributing wealth is as old as wealth itself. The Roman Emperors redistributed wealth the old-fashioned way, they killed the rich Patricians they didn’t like and gave their stuff to their soldiers and other supporters to secure power. Mao, Lenin and Stalin did the the same […] […]

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