Victor Davis Hanson wrote a good article called The War Against the Producers in which he discusses the overall Obama Agenda: a war on the productive members of our society.
He refers to their larger agenda as:
Note here I mean something quite different from the accustomed notion of “accomplish.” You see, I think the point was never much to build more bike paths on borrowed money or just bail out GM, but rather more to reengineer the tax code, as part of a grander vision of creating a new equality of result in America.
Soon we will all end up after each April 15 about making the same, driving the same sort of cars and using the same sort of mass transit, living in about the same sorts of houses, and having about the same sorts of “‘they’ will take care of it for me” philosophies — all overseen by brilliant, but highly ranked and exempt Platonic Guardians who suffer on our behalf as they jet and limo at breakneck speed ensuring our welfare.
This reminds me of a timeless quote from Winston Churchill: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” Churchill nailed it with that one. I submit that when a socialistic system is implemented only the biggest losers (and their statist masters) in the society benefit. All of the people whose hard earned tax dollars subsidize the lifestyles of the losers and their statist ‘benefactors’ take a hit so that we can arrive at that “equal sharing of misery”. It is simply morally bankrupt to subscribe to an ideology that seeks to knock everyone down to the level that helps the losers the most.
Hanson goes on to outline the likely thinking of a hard working electrician when faced with the increasing burden of Obama’s deficit spending:
“I made $412,000 last year due to Saturday jobs, overtime, risky bidding, gambles on new equipment, and new lines of credit, but under Obama I will pay maybe $50-80,000 more of my income to the government. In other words the cost of, say, hiring two more entry-level electricians, or the cost of outfitting an entire new van with boom and equipment, or what I cleared every Saturday last year — all that will go to the government.”
In other words, why work harder when the government is simply going to seize it? If that does not make sense to you then you are likely not the sort of person who works 70-80 hour weeks to better your financial position and you probably voted for the vacuous Candidate Obama anyway. How’s that Kool-Aid tasting now, comrade?
It never ceases to amaze me how politicians, particularly those blinded by a collectivist ideology, never accept the Law of Unintended Consequences. President Urkel’s coming massive tax increases will modify behavior:
And that means rippling throughout this key sector of the economy — even before these taxes have been enacted — are hesitation, stasis, and ultimately constriction — at first for psychological reasons, soon confirmed by the actual facts of less money. In short, very bright people will be thinking how to hide income, how to barter, how to slow down and not produce goods and services, rather than blast full speed ahead and enrich angry others.
Why would I work harder if it just means that a statist jerk like Pelosi or Obama can buy vote from losers with my money? Galt’s Gulch is starting to look more and more attractive. Of course, Obama would send in his brown shirts if there were such a statist-free place to find refuge.
His final observations hit the nail on the head and even partially explain why the elite republicans despise Sarah Palin:
Final observations: Obama brilliantly conflated the Wall Street class with the upper-tier of Main Street in Animal Farm fashion: the former gets lectured, but stays enriched through bailouts; the latter takes both the moral hit for the former’s crimes and greed and the actual hit in higher taxes.(Nota bene: the new Democrats, in Prince Charles fashion, like the taste and culture of the hyper-rich, who care little about taxes, are sensitive behind their ramparts to the less well off, and know high-culture (think Streisand, Gates, Soros, the Georgetown/Hollwood/Silicon Valley, Upper East Side, Cambridge, Mass, set). These aristoi despise the wheeler-dealer, always on the move, uppity, wanna-get-rich scrambler that is desperately trying to get his get kid through Public U, and add a wing on his gross MacMansion, while towing his outboard up to the lake for five hours of water-skiing, without an opera, symphony, or NPR analysis on the radio).