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Joe, Karl and Barack

By Pete Riehm
Mobile Free Press
“Joe the Plumber” has become a national icon for hard working tax paying Americans. The Ohio plumber asked how can he buy the company he works for with Senator Obama’s tax increase? Barack earnestly explained he just wants to “spread the wealth around.”

Joe was concerned that the Obama tax increases would put his plans out of reach after years of working long hours to get ahead. Barack told the would-be small business owner that he wants to be sure those coming up behind him also have a chance, so Barack’s solution is to confiscate more of Joe’s earnings to redistribute to those who have been working fewer (if any) hours.

Barack may like to think his commitment to redistribute America’s wealth as he deems appropriate is a Robin Hood like endeavor, but he forgets Robin Hood retrieved tax money from the government and refunded it to the tax payer so the citizens could decide how best to use their money. Actually, Barack is clearly inspired by Karl.

“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” That is a core tenet of Karl Marx, the author of the Communist Manifesto. Karl and Barack believe if you produce more or work more, you should give up your wealth to those who have less. From a charitable perspective, this seems somewhat reasonable and perhaps noble. However, Karl grossly perverts the charitable aspect by insisting an all powerful central government collect all the wealth and redistribute according to the whims of elite faceless bureaucrats.

Karl and Barack do not trust small business owners like Joe to use their earnings to expand their businesses and hire more employees. They believe only they can be trusted to bring wealth to poor folks by giving them Joe’s money instead of them working for Joe to earn it. Karl and Barack say they want to grow the economy from the bottom up, but what they actually intend is to eviscerate the top, pull money into the government ether, and then hand it out to those at the bottom who are dependent on government or hopefully soon will be.

A defining difference is that capitalism (the original American system) seeks equality of opportunity and communism seeks equality of outcomes. Yes, Barack is by far the most unabashed Marxist in today’s political mainstream. That Karl and Barack’s ideas are mainstream should scare the heck out of all of us, but they are not alone.

Just a few days ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi defiantly declared that a Democrat congress under Barack would move swiftly to revise tax policies to “equalize incomes.”

An Obama administration and Democrat congress are eager to tax your earnings in pursuit of happiness and redirect your potential happiness to others in cash.

Perhaps you think this association with Marxists is exaggerated. Well then, listen to the Communist Party USA; they are quite excited about Barack’s changes. Their election policy optimistically states that if we can defeat the Republicans, “A new day is dawning. Our country is at a turning point. This is a time of great possibility.” The Communist Party USA is clearly aligned with Barack and the Democrat Party. Some might say there is a continuum in Barack’s associations and alliances; his childhood mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a pioneering activist in the Moscow controlled Communist Party USA. Check Barack’s book for verification.

If you listen to Barack carefully, you will understand that he will follow Karl’s radical ideology and confiscate the fruits of your labors to give to others who labor less.  While you may want to help others, the difference is you will have no say –- Obama and the government will decide who gets more money.

In this current economic downturn, why would we want to give more money to a bloated government that already mismanages the over two trillion dollars they spend now?
Obama keeps saying he we will cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. What he fails to clarify is about half of those already pay no taxes and will actually receive a rebate of other peoples money. Looks like Joe and the rest of us need to put in for overtime.

(Riehm is a retired U.S. Navy commander and chairman of Mobile GOP.)
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