Blessed? Or cursed?

While I don't have much time for blogging today, as it's tax time I wanted to make a brief observation about our president's remark about the nature of government:

Republicans plans to shrink the reach of government is "not a vision  that's impelled by the numbers" but a "choice" to give a trillion  dollars in tax breaks to the rich rather than ask those who've been  "blessed" to "give a little more."

Not taking away money from people constitutes "giving." And people who worked their asses off and saved something despite the thieves who think they're "giving" when they don't steal more are "blessed."

How are they blessed? In what sense? They worked hard and had to scrimp and save, and whatever they have left after taxes despite all odds is theirs, not someone else's. It was not given to them. How is that divine luck? Does the president think they're the equivalent of lottery winners or something?  

But this is old issue. Unfortunately we are saddled with a president who is unable to grasp it. He never ran a business or worked in the productive private sector, so how could he?

This reminds me of Glenn's post about millionaires yesterday. ("SHOCKING NEWS ABOUT MILLIONAIRES.")

Most people know that wealth in the U.S. is in the hands of a small  percentage of the total population. And, today, most of those folks with  a net worth of $1 million or more have earned it themselves.

They're mostly entrepreneurs who create everything from high-speed  networks to garbage haulers. They dig ditches and build houses and grow  corn and make jewelry. They deal stamps or coins or artwork and control  pests and cut lawns. They also cure people and give them new teeth.  Others will defend their neighbors or even feed them.

And they're not big spenders. In fact, most of those with big bucks  live well under their means - think about Warren Buffett still living in  that modest Omaha home - and they put their money instead toward  investments that help them stockpile more wealth.

To which Glenn remarked,

Funny, that's not the kind of thing I'm hearing from the White House.

Funny, but I'm not either. Instead, the White House thinks the secret to the success of productive people is simply having been "blessed."

And if we let them keep what they earned, we are "giving" to them.

On the bright side (assuming such things be), I think the president's words are clarifying; it's hard to find a single more perfect illustration of the biggest difference between the left and the right.

It's an irreconcilable difference, but at least it's clear.

Small blessing that.

posted by Eric on 04.17.11 at 08:40 AM


So "giving" now means "not stealing"? How... Orwellian.

For once, I wish somebody with some guts would just call Obama on his BS. I want them to respond directly, to his face, exactly what you wrote in the two sentences after the initial quote. I know it won't change a thing, but at least it might make him squirm for a moment.

John S.   ·  April 18, 2011 4:33 PM

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