Skip to comments.Obama lashes McCain over rich claim
Posted on 08/18/2008 4:56:08 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
DEMOCRAT Barack Obama has berated his White House rival John McCain as an out-of-touch economic illiterate who would make the rich richer at a time of financial pain for most US voters.
At a rally in a sweltering high school gymnasium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Senator Obama mocked Senator McCain for remarking at a weekend forum with religious leader Rick Warren that only those earning more than $US5 million ($5.7 million) a year were really rich.
"This explains why his tax plan gives hundreds of thousands in tax breaks for people earning 2.5 million, because they're only middle class," the Illinois senator told a jeering crowd of 1800 people.
"Everyone making 2.5 million or more, raise your hands," Senator Obama said to laughter. Nobody in the audience did.
Mr Warren had asked Senators McCain and Obama separately at the forum in California to "define rich".
Senator McCain, whose wife is a wealthy brewing heiress, said "I think if you're just talking about income, how about five million".
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There is not a single politician that could give a rational reason as to why people can’t keep most if not all of what they earn, whether it be $30,000 a year or $25,000,000 a year.
If the school gymnasium was “sweltering” I wouldn’t put it past Obama’s campaign if they made sure it was uncomfortable to make the audience more receptive to Obama’s “message.”
Senator Obama? Bite me...
There won’t be any middle class in the new Obama Nation.
McCain KNEW that comment, meant obviously as a joke, was going to be distorted, or actually LIED about by Obama.
I’ll give you a rational answer. People are kept STUPID about the taxes they’re forced to pay for a reason. And educated public is a dangerous public as far as politicians are concerned.
Thwarting taxes in every legal way is my hobby and delight. :)
If more people would educate themselves as to how much money is STOLEN from them and REDISTRIBUTED to others each year, there would be a revolution.
But, thanks to ‘Publik Skrewel’ and the fact that Americans are lazy, that won’t happen any time soon. ;)
I guess Obama can’t distinguish between yearly earnings,,,and total net worth. Geeeez.
How pathetic, McCain said that it would be twisted even though he said he was joking. Black Oblack will make everyone making 30K Rich.
Pray for W and Our Troops
I think Obama is going to get nastier and nastier as the reality that he might loose kicks in.
“Obama lashes McCain over rich claim...”
That’s an interesting way of putting it.
Did Obama really say that?
And laughingly said so right after he made the quip.
Its up to the media to impart the proper context to his remark, but of course they're more than happy to pass along the lie.
My personal favorite is the SAHM -- all her labor from January to July is NOT taxable, unlike all individuals who work salaried jobs. Her work goes entirely to her family! How cool is that?
Shhhh...that's a dirty little secret.
Obama is the economic illiterate, the historical illiterate, the Christian illiterate, the illiterate diplomat, the science illiterate, the geological illiterate, etc......
RATs have no sense of humor.
Just as McCain predicted, Obama is lying.
Yes, you would. BUT...every paycheck I’ve ever earned keeps a running total of all taxes paid. Those numbers are pretty darn big by the end of the year!
It’s completely depressing. And I’m not sure that the ‘Fair Tax’ effort is ever going to gain any traction.
You know d@mn well Government is working against us. It’s up to each Citizen to arm themselves against this type of thievery. Grrrrr!
Haven't you ever heard about from each according to his means, and the corollary to each according to his needs
All these socialists think that is the way to solve all the problems that beset mankind. It's been tried all over the world with the same dismal outcome each and every time.
However, maybe this time we have the right group of people who will do what all others have failed to do.
I hope you realize that both my tongue and cheek are stressed at this point.
I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
Man, doncha just hate black-on-white crime?!
“I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditure, and a sparing economy is itself a great national source.” ~ Andrew Johnson
OK. I’ll stop now...because you’ll regret ever getting me started on this subject, LOL!
THANK YOU! Wonderful quote!
Barak is such a humorless moron.
McCain was goofing off and after he made the remark he said “but seriously....”
” “Everyone making 2.5 million or more, raise your hands,” Senator Obama said to laughter. Nobody in the audience did.”
Everybody who is married to a Professional Minority - Diversity Coordinator making $300,000 because her husband is a Senator, raise your hand. Nobody did.
According to Wikipedia, as of 2003, the 95th centile income is $154,120.
Seems to me he *is* an elitist, to call the national 95th centile "middle class".
Oh, and the $250,000 number? The top 2%.
Of course, there will be a middle class, just 100 % of them will be poor, it's all in the semantics !!!
“There wont be any middle class in the new Obama Nation.”
Exactly... Everyone will be poor.
How about everyone making $4 million a year and owning a vacation home in Hawaii, raise your hand...
“McCain KNEW that comment, meant obviously as a joke, was going to be distorted, or actually LIED about by Obama.”
Yes he did. Immediately after he said it, he said that it would be. Didn’t take long for that prediction to come true, did it.
Off subject, I'm always floored at how he is so relentless in the terrible way he speaks about Bush. He does it so much, he doesn't even realize how disrespectful he sounds. I understand that Bush is not high on the approval list, but good grief!. However, Obama can't handle the tiniest bit of criticism. What comes around goes around, Obama. He's sowing the seeds.
Actually if you have to make a wild-ass estimate about what constitutes “rich”, $5 million is just about right. “Rich” is a subjective call but if you define it as never having to work again then being a millionare, i.e. having one million dollars net worth, would generally not cut it nowadays
“Sounds like the typical politics of envy and division again...”
Jus doing what he was trained to do as an Alinsky “community organizer”, i.e., stoke group resentment to the point that you can guide their anger to accomplish your goals.
I wish someone would ask Senator Obama how much money he’d have to earn for his wife to not complain about the price of summer camp, piano lessons, and fresh fruit on the table.
RE: “More directly, if you can afford to go into your bosses office to announce that you quit, and to have so much in the bank that you need not sign on with boss #2, that’s rich......”
“Individual situations would determine what amount of money in the bank would qualify.”
Yes, rich or wealthy varies by individual situation as well as lifestyle. A 60 year old with $2 million net worth, unemployed, but owning his home outright and no dependents is certainly “wealthier” than a 40 year old with a mortgage, spouse and four kids, who happens to have around the same net worth.
Barack Obama has berated his White House rival John McCain as an out-of-touch economic illiterate who would make the rich richer at a time of financial pain for most US voters.The proper response is, "how much do you and your wife make, [characterization deleted]?!?" Or, "how much more in taxes will I pay under your proposal?"
Not only did McCain give a full answer before he threw in the $5 mil part as a joke, everyone laughed when he said it, including himself. And McCain said “I’m sure that will be distorted.”
Obama knows it too - he’s just hoping not enough people saw it so he can twist it to his advantage, like he did with his 100 yrs. in Iraq misquote.
Obama is so desperate, his backup plan is to lie. Between this and the infanticide lie this week, he’s dropped to a new low.
It was a joke you frikin' sissy boy. A joke much like you'll become November 5th when America is celebrating the next President McCain!
If McCain makes it in, i won’t really celebrate, but he’s definitely better than Obama.
I’ll be celebrating that Obama is not our president.
THAT is worthy of celebration!
Lasher Obama. Somehow that nickname just doesn't seem right.
More than likely the headline should read:
"Obama Throws a Hissy Fit at McCain."
In case anyone hasn't noticed, Presidents of the United States do not throw hissy fits.
So why does Obama?
Yes, he mentioned it would,and chuckled.