Letter: Barack Obama promotes divisionBarack Obama claims to be a unifier, but he has been promoting division throughout his campaign and it comes in the form of class warfare.
Barack Obama claims to be a unifier, but he has been promoting division throughout his campaign and it comes in the form of class warfare.
Obama paints those who have more as the bad guys and those who have less as good guys. Simply stated, Obama's message is, don't worry about your money I'll just take from that rich guy. This type of division is not healthy for the country and it certainly is not unifying.
Obama claims that 95 percent of Americans will get tax relief if he is elected. This is his idea of fairness. Yet Obama fails to tell his audiences that the top 1 percent of income earners pays more than 39 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 10 percent pay more than 70 percent and the top 50 percent pay almost 97 percent. Whereas the bottom 50 percent pay just a little over 3 percent. The bottom 32 percent of earners pays no federal income tax at all.
Since Obama is determined to give to even those who contribute nothing, there is a direct incentive for the bottom third of earners to vote Democrat.
In essence, Obama is buying their votes. But is it really fair for those who pay nothing to have a say in how the election unfolds?
Similarly, most government employees have an incentive to vote Democrat. After all, fewer tax dollars for government means fewer government jobs.
Obama speaks of how he plans to grow jobs; specifically "green jobs." There's one catch, though. Obama's jobs will be paid for by tax dollars. That means the ranks of the takers will grow, as will the Democrat voters. Unfortunately, that also means that there will be fewer producers.
Liberals fail to understand that when you increase the takers of this country, you also decrease the producers and at some point there will not be enough producers to support the takers.
Ultimately, Obama's vision of fairness is nothing more than wealth redistribution and he uses compassion as his guide.
Compassion at the personal level is great, but the current economic crisis has shown that logic is preferred when setting public policy.
And logically speaking, a truly fair tax system is one where everyone contributes some amount. That way, we all have a stake in what is going on.
The end result is an increased demand for government efficiency. And that is exactly what this country needs at this moment in time.
Tim W. Walz