As we have reported before, Barack Obama believes in the Marxist-Socialist principle of redistribution of wealth. On Sunday, Obama told Joe Wurzelbacher — a plumber in Toledo, Ohio, who is working 10 and 12 hour days to buy the plumbing company he works for — that he believes that spreading the wealth around “is a good thing.”
Mr. Wurzelbacher represents many people in America, and in many respects he represents the American Dream: to be successful, to own a company, and to build something great. “Joe the Plumber” doesn’t have to be Mr. Wurzelbacher… it can be anyone in this country who wants to buy a company, put his name on the side of a truck, and run his business without government interference. “Joe the Plumber” has a vision of how a good company should run, and his goal is to build that company, hire more workers, and get more trucks out on the road because he believes that he can do it better. In his success, “Joe the Plumber” creates jobs because to realize his vision, he needs to hire more people. He stimulates the economy because he needs to buy more trucks and supplies, business cards, maybe some radio or print ads or a website, and let’s not forget he needs to put gas in those trucks. By Joe’s success, other people succeed. Maybe some of them look at Joe and are inspired to start their own business because “If Joe can do it, so can I.” Maybe they work for Joe and think they can do it better, so they do what Joe’s doing and work 10 and 12 hour days to raise the money to start their own business. It’s the American way. It’s the American Dream. And Barack Obama wants to tax it.
In stark contrast of Joe the Plumber, Barack Obama believes that he can do a better job of creating jobs (government jobs, of course) and do a better job of redistributing the wealth of Joe the Plumber than Joe can. In Mr. Obama’s eyes, Joe is “rich”, and believes as running mate Senator Biden does, that “paying taxes is patriotic.”
In a phone interview with ABC News, Mr. Wurzelbacher said:
To be honest with you, that infuriates me,” plumber Joe Wurzelbacher told Nightline’s Terry Moran. “It’s not right for someone to decide you made too much—that you’ve done too good and now we’re going to take some of it back.”
“That’s just completely wrong,” he added.
“I don’t like it,” said Wurzelbacher. “You know, me or — you know, Bill Gates, I don’t care who you are. If you worked for it, if it was your idea, and you implemented it, it’s not right for someone to decide you made too much.”
The demonization of business and the “rich” began with FDR. President Roosevelt was the first to believe in special interest group politics, and set the course of the Democrat party for the next 80 years. He decided to buy votes by giving government goodies to farmers, labor unions, and the poor under the pretense of “raising up the working class.” Like a lever, to raise one group up, you need to push another group down, so rich people and greedy corporations became his target. Many New Deal policies penalized businesses for engaging in business.
And like every Democrat since FDR, Mr. Obama is picking an arbitrary number to determine who is “rich”, when there is no true definition of how much money defines “rich.” In Barack Obama’s world, he decides who is rich. He decides who is poor. He decides how much money is too much. He decides how much is too little. He decides how to redistribute the wealth. He sees himself as Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, and all the townsfolk love and adore him for it.
There’s only one problem with Obama’s Robin Hood vision of spreading around the wealth:
Robin Hood stole from the Sheriff on Nottingham, because the Sheriff was taxing the people too much. Robin Hood stole from the government and returned the money to the people.
Mr. Obama, Robin Hood, you are not. But a socialist you certainly are.