Last week, I sat in the House Chamber to hear my second State of the Union as a member of Congress.
Despite the fact that so much job-creating legislation has been blocked in the U.S. Senate, despite the fact that the president’s own policies have clearly failed the very people who voted him into office, the consistent thread running through the president’s address as to what is holding our country back is “unfairness.”
According to President Obama, “a return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help us protect our people and our economy.”
Mr. President, this country was not founded on the principles of “shared responsibility” and collectivism. It was founded on the principle of the uniqueness of the individual, and the idea of equal opportunity, not equal achievement, for all.
The president wants to “restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot” and “everyone does their fair share.” What he means of course, is that some of us are not doing our fair share — particularly when it comes to paying taxes.
Here on Palm Beach Island, President Obama would find many “millionaires and billionaires” who he thinks should be paying more taxes — but ironically travels to these same millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street for fundraisers.
Punishing success in this country with higher and higher taxes will do nothing to create opportunity for those earning less. Redistribution of wealth has failed miserably in every country in which it has ever been tried.
Of course the president knows taxing our highest wage earners will not solve this country’s economic problems. After all, confiscating 100 percent of the income of those earning $10 million or more would yield only about $240 billion. That figure barely covers the annual interest on our national debt.
Instead, the president appears to have a much more ominous objective.
Because he cannot campaign for re-election on his failed policies, President Obama must instead divide the country and create a scapegoat. Taking a page directly out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook, Rules for Radicals, an organizer must “begin the task of agitating by rubbing resentment, fanning hostilities and searching out controversy.”
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