I keep reading and hearing “fairness” coming out of Barack Obama’s campaign. Usually from the candidate himself. It sounds good when he says it because he is a great orator and we ascribe his use of the word fair to our individual circumstances. This is because he uses the “I’m for the middle class, not Wall Street” phrase. What exactly does that mean? How does he define the middle class? I keep hearing that the middle class is below the $250,000 income level. But I don’t see that in his Blueprint for Change, which as I look now is no longer up on his website. Luckily I downloaded the pdf and kept it on my computer. It is 43 pages and is here.
In Obama’s Blueprint For Change the recurring income point is $50,000 not $250,000. Does that mean that anyone making more than $50,000 is going to be taxed more than they are now? Judging by his past actions and words, now coupled with the fact that this document dropped off of his website, I believe this to be the case.
Also in this document he discusses his plan to deal with the Oil crisis. He plans to “Enact a Windfall Profits Tax to Provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families: Obama and Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. This relief would be a down payment on the Obama-Biden long-term plan to provide middle class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.” Since oil and oil companies have been vilified of late this sounds on first blush to be a good idea, but it isn’t. First of all, even after numerous investigations, oil companies have not been found guilty of breaking the law, so why punish them for being profitable? I always thought that success was rewarded, not punished. Most importantly however is that a lot of people buy into this idea because oil is evil and everything associated oil must therefor be evil as well so a lot of people buy into it. Stop and think for a second though. Do you think that oil companies are just going to roll over and take the windfall tax, or do you think that they are going to pass this new expense on to their customers, namely us? Since he’s talking about taxing oil, not just gasoline this expense will affect every oil based product. from oil and gas to rubber, plastics, synthetics like polyester just to name a few. In one fell swoop he’s talking about raising the prices of cars, tires, food (plastic containers), clothes, houses (shingles, tar paper, etc) office supplies and more. It probably won’t go up much though, right? Let’s look at the numbers real quick, shall we? $1,000 per family, according to his own document. Accoring to the US Department of Commerce there are Approximately 75 million families in the United States. So 75,000,000 times $1,000.00 equals $75,000,000,000.00 or $75 trillion in the first year. Sounds like the price hikes would be substantial to me, but then I find 75 trillion dollars to be an incredible amount of money!
There is much more to be worried about in this document, I encourage you to read it, if for no other purpose than to try to bash me here and show me how wrong I am. Maybe you too will learn something about the candidate. Something more than just the fact that he represents change from the current system. Hitler was a great orator changed the system in post World War I Germany too, not for the better either. He decided to penalize the Jews and that it was only fair that Germany rule the world, a world populated by Aryans. I am not saying that Obama is calling to exterminate the Jews, but I do believe that he wishes to wage war on the rich in the name of being fair. It sounds good until you find out that he thinks you’re one of the rich (my suspicion is that if you make more than $50,000 per year, you are rich to Obama). Unless you are the one making the rules, how often have you fealt that any game was fair to you? Do you really want our government of career politicians that largely don’t even participate in the game deciding what is fair?