SOTU: Predictable and wrong.

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The State of the Union from President Obama was full of predictable liberal bromides – the most egregious of which is in his idea of helping the middle class by increasing taxes on “the rich.” I put “the rich” in quotes because rich is a highly subjective term in the hands of liberal politicians.

The portions of the speech dealing with the rich vis. a. vis. the middle class reveal in stark detail that Obama knows next to nothing about either.

First the rich. The fact is, beyond a certain point, you can’t tax the rich. One of the nice things about being rich is that you don’t live paycheck-to-paycheck. If you’re rich you can defer your income until a more favorable time. You can put your money in tax exempt securities. You can move it offshore. History has shown time and again — the more you raise taxes on the rich, the more of these these things they do.

As to the middle class. Our president seems to think that America’s middle class – that has for nearly a century been the envy of the world – was somehow created by government. It wasn’t.

The middle class grew into the bone and sinew of the most successful nation on Earth because of economic expansion brought about by a predominant cultural belief in free people and free markets. The middle class is not the product of a government-brokered transfer of wealth from one group of Americans to another group of Americans. The middle class created its own wealth through opportunity and hard work.

A Harvard-educated man such as Obama would know this – if they still taught such things at Harvard.

 

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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4 Responses

  1. pk says:

    If Obama is the best example of Harvard I am not impressed.
    Apparently they don’t teach one to think or find information you don’t know Or LISTEN .

    He is a sad commentary of Harvard.

  2. Obviously, they no longer teach such things at Harvard. Sadly, Obama’s state of the union speech was really just a liberal wish list for new government spending. And taxes. At one point he mentioned taxing “accumulated wealth.” Is he suggesting that monies already earned and taxed, should be further taxed if a citizen “accumulates” too much wealth as determined by a greedy government?

  3. C M Soloman says:

    Higher education and even grade school education doesn’t teach true history, genuine economics, and real science anymore. They are factories of Marxist propaganda intended to remake (transform) this nation into a non-Constitutional autocracy with Marxism as the mainstream religion. What better place to indoctrinate the youth of the nation than in these partially government funded institutions that must adhere to un-Constitutional regulations and Marxist ideology to get their dollars.

    Obama and ALL his ideas are about forcing (down our throats) the ideology of Marxism and Federal Control onto EVERY activity that the “ignorant” citizen wishes to conduct as free men under the Constitution. He despises our Constitution of “negative rights” (restrictions on Federal control) and believes the country should be ruled by “positive rights” (things the government should do for you). In other words, their word “freedom” is defined by what the BIG Government wants you to do in accordance with their formula and belief system, i.e., the government is to become your benefactor and will bless you according to your adherence to their wishes, i.e., the BIG DADDY in your life.

    The historical success of the free enterprise system and the incredible prosperity it has brought to our society with little or no government authorship is heresy to these Marxists. They will never believe anything else – it is their religion. To live without harassment in their future Marxist utopian state you must ultimately become a “serf” that “enjoys” the benefits of prosperity that you “earn” by obeying their regulations that govern everything imaginable: education, income, taxes, banking, religion, lifestyle, diet, exercise, work assignments, childcare, healthcare, investments, charity, transportation, property, inheritance, farming, firearms and ammunition, and anything else I can’t think of.

    These Marxist “geniuses” are clever enough to persuade anyone willing to give up their liberty for a little bit of security and are also willing to believe their unrelenting lies. So far Obama and his followers are using false promises, persuasion, and thousands of pages of autocratic regulations to force us into “proper” behavior. I don’t doubt that if they could achieve their same “utopian” goals by force at the end of a gun, they would do so. Since they believe that all wealth belongs to the government, you are guilty of misuse of funds (a felony) if you don’t follow their rules. It is just a matter of time before they show their real face behind that benevolent facade if the country doesn’t wake up and throw them out of power at every level of federal and local government!

  4. Linda E. Montrose says:

    All one has to do is read about the rise of Hitler and they can get an accurate view of what is instore for us if things are not turned around and SOON! We have already given this illegal we have in the Whitehouse 6 years and in just six years has pretty near brought America to her knees! People who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…well, we are doing that NOW!

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