Obama: The Great Leveler
Barack Obama ran for president on a promise to raise taxes on everyone who makes $250,000 or more a year. His running mate defended the tax hike by saying that "people who are well-off have a patriotic duty to pay higher taxes." Under the guise of "[spreading] the wealth around," Obama acts as if his goal is to lift the poor above poverty so they too can enjoy the American dream. But in reality, his plan is to push the rich down closer to the poverty line, so that the equality Americans enjoy can be one of dependence on an intrusive, but increasingly necessary, federal government.
This is Obama's way of leveling the playing field. Instead of removing the myriad of government regulations that hinder the entrepreneurial spirit in this country, he will use tax hikes and redistribution schemes to break the will of the ambitious and energetic, forcing everyone to accept a life devoid of opulence or ease. It seems the rich have become so only off the sweat of the poor. Or to use Obama's own words: "The strong too often dominate the weak, and too many of those with wealth and with power find all manner of justification for their own privilege in the face of poverty and injustice."
In April 2008, Michelle Obama explained how her husband's goal of taxing the rich into paying their fair share was going to work: "Most Americans don't want much. They don't want the whole pie. There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. ... [Yet], in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."
On June 7, 2009, the Great Leveler proved his wife's explanation correct when he said he "wants Congress to consider taxing the wealthy instead of workers to pay for a health care overhaul." He also urged Congress to further limit "all tax deductions for Americans in the highest tax brackets." So that those making the most will also be paying the most, and those working the least can be promised a windfall.