Required Reading: Obama Ready to Soak the Rich
9:23 AM, Aug 19, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
Great column here by McGurn, exploring the "soak the rich" tax mentality that characterizes Barack Obama's campaign:
Put aside the economic illiteracy for a moment. What else would you expect from a fellow who has only had only a passing relationship with the private sector during his entire adult life? What's still more disturbing here are the revelations regarding Barack Obama's world view.
Obama actually expects the world to be fair. Most of us by the time we've reached our 40's have discovered that the world is a relentlessly unfair place. Barack Obama, on the other hand, would have had no reason to make such a discovery. Life has treated Barack Obama magnificently. In spite of his embellishments regarding the grinding Hawaiian poverty that he overcame, he grew up comfortably middle class in a loving home while attending Hawaii's most prestigious prep school. Good fortune has similarly marked his grown-up years - we don't often hear of Obama confronting and overcoming adversity. We can assume the absence of such self-tributes isn't because the middle-aged author of two autobiographies is hesitant to discuss himself.
It would be nice if life were as fair for everyone as it's been for Barack Obama. But it doesn't work out that way. And only the most naÃ¯ve politician believes that successfully legislating universal fairness is a possibility or the kind of thing that government should even be attempting. Some people will have misfortunes, while others will be as lucky as Barack Obama has been. The only way for the government to address that fundamental "unfairness" is to take down the Barack Obamas.
These are the politics of resentment and envy - they benefit no one. Except occasionally a politician who can ride them into office.