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Obama: those who don't want higher taxes 'selfishness'
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | October 31, 2008 | Salena Zito

Posted on 10/31/2008 7:29:43 PM PDT by Salena Zito

ABC News Reporter Jake Tapper's Political Punch Blog has a report on Sen. Barack Obama's push-back on John McCain's description of his tax policies, Tapper begins with a quote from Obama in Florida, here is the whole report:

"The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich," Obama said in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday. "I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it. That's the American dream, that's the American way, that's terrific.

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1 posted on 10/31/2008 7:29:44 PM PDT by Salena Zito
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To: Salena Zito

Another “jump the shark moment”.


2 posted on 10/31/2008 7:32:05 PM PDT by rewrite
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To: Salena Zito
I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich.

Translation: I love taxing rich people. And I want taxes from all of you!

3 posted on 10/31/2008 7:33:29 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Salena Zito

“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

The NERVE of me to want to keep most of the money I work hard for and earn everyday....why I’ve been fooling myself this whole time and so selfish!! Bad serf, bad serf...I shall give myself 20 lashings and decrease my tax deductions to give more to my savior, Obama! He has shown me the light.


4 posted on 10/31/2008 7:34:25 PM PDT by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: Salena Zito

Here’s the video on it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGAYc66vK7k

Low taxes are SLEFISH.


5 posted on 10/31/2008 7:35:30 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Salena Zito
Emotionally, I cannot stand this guttersnipe. Intelectually, I rate him lower than Peewee Herman.

Gimmie yo' pie, mutha......

6 posted on 10/31/2008 7:37:13 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Salena Zito

How DARE Obama tell us we are selfish if we don’t want to pay MORE taxes!

How DARE Biden tell us we are unpatriotic if we don’t want to pay MORE taxes!

Our taxes ALREADY supply

medicare, social security, law enforcement, legal aid, medicaid, food stamps, public services, roads, schools, libraries, government offices, etc...

to everyone!

Some of us would rather give some of our money to our favorite charities, than BE FORCED TO HAND OVER MORE MONEY to the inefficient government.


7 posted on 10/31/2008 7:37:16 PM PDT by syriacus (The MSM has questioned Obama for 2 years. It took a plumber to get Obama to admit he's a socialist.)
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To: Salena Zito

It’s also our patriotic duty to pay taxes America!


8 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:10 PM PDT by djsherin (The federal government: Because your life isn't screwed up enough!)
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To: Salena Zito
This is why the true believers never say, in plain language, what they believe. Instead, they couch their beliefs in lawyer-lingo and political nuance. Wanting to retain what I work for, to them, is being selfish. Not wanting to share with someone unwilling to work is, to them, selfishness.

Perhaps Mr. Obama could explain our selfishness to his brother in his tin hut over in Africa, or maybe his dear aunty living in the Boston project.
9 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:32 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Salena Zito

When Barry accuses me of selfishness I will match my donations of the last 10 years against double what both members of the dem ticket have offered. These are truly stingy men who are only comfortable spending other peoples money.


10 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:38 PM PDT by jimfree (Dems beat up girls who don't toe the line.)
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To: mlocher

He lies. Obama needs people to be poor so that they will think that he is Santa Clause 12 times a year.

Ever notice that most rich liberals didn’t really earn their money?


11 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat. And so is Obama.)
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To: Salena Zito

He sounds like those pig leaders in Animal Farm.


12 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:57 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: rewrite

agreed - hope McCain/Palin jump on this.


13 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:57 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Salena Zito

Selfish? I mean, I guess so, but where the hell do you get off demanding more of MY money, Obama? Who are these people the money is going to? Do they deserve it? NO! People like my cousin, who spent the first 15 years of his adult life on drugs, in and out of jail, now he’s damn near unemployable because of his past record.... but I’m selfish because I don’t want to donate more of my tax dollars to him.

Everybody has the same opportunities right now, but if you make stupid choices, like getting arrested, or having five kids out of wedlock before the age of 22, well, then there are consequences. But not under an Obama Administration, oh no! Selfish, stupid jerks like me, who worked hard, did the right things, are just going to have to pony up. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr............


14 posted on 10/31/2008 7:39:44 PM PDT by Big E
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To: Salena Zito

So now low taxes are not only unpatriotic, but selfish.

There has got to be a killer ad to be produced from this combo platter of tax gaffes.


15 posted on 10/31/2008 7:40:17 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Salena Zito

Selfish is envying everyone who has more than you. Obamatrons are consumed with envy, the driving vice of class warfare.


16 posted on 10/31/2008 7:40:26 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Salena Zito

It takes a stainless steel set of balls to call anyone selfish when you’re a millionaire and your brother lives in a hut on $1 a month, your grandmother’s living in hut with a dirt floor and no running water and the aunt you exploited in your book is living in one of the worst public housing projects in Boston.


17 posted on 10/31/2008 7:41:09 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Obama needs people to be poor so that they will think that he is Santa Clause 12 times a year.

There are certainly many who will think that. You and I will say, "Bah Humbug" when he comes around!

Ever notice that most rich liberals didn’t really earn their money?

You mean men like Terry McAuliffe?

18 posted on 10/31/2008 7:43:20 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Salena Zito

19 posted on 10/31/2008 7:43:42 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Every non-empty set of stupid liberals that is moronically bounded above has a least stupid liberal)
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To: Salena Zito

I am not selfish I just don’t want the government taking the money I have earned and doing with it what they want. I would prefer to give it to causes I choose.


20 posted on 10/31/2008 7:44:29 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Salena Zito

Keep on running your mouth, you incompetent POS.


21 posted on 10/31/2008 7:45:21 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Salena Zito

I went to 0bama’s tax cut site.

If you are single and make $10K, you get $700+ in a cut.
If you are single and make $25K, you get $400+ in a cut.

The person who makes $25K has to give up $300 for the person making $10K? Does that mean someone making $25K is rich and has to spread the wealth to the person behind them? And that’s selfish? Has he tried to make it on $25K lately?


22 posted on 10/31/2008 7:45:34 PM PDT by JavaJumpy (GO SARAHCUDA, GO!)
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To: mlocher
You mean men like Terry McAuliffe?

You are using the term "men" loosely/

23 posted on 10/31/2008 7:45:42 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: rewrite

Why is it that in my state, I see mostly Obama stickers in the driveways of huge homes and mansions and out in the country I see McCain Stickers on the pick-up trucks of “blue collar workers”? I noticed the same during the 2004 election (Bush vs Kerry).

This “rish people vote for republicans” is a myth, atleast in my state. Perhaps it’s because they are so rich that they can afford the accountants to find loop-holes for the taxes that will be raised on them OR maybe they already realize that the democrat’s policy will keep the middle class from being able to move up so easily and they are happy with that because maybe they are elitists. They want to have more than us and they know that voting democrat will keep us down where they want us to remain.

Anybody else notice this?


24 posted on 10/31/2008 7:46:42 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.youtube.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: phatus maximus

Ronald Wilson Reagan “ Government’s view of the economy, could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it.If it keeps moving regulate it. and if stops moving subsidize it.”


25 posted on 10/31/2008 7:47:05 PM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: phatus maximus

“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

This does not have the full effect without hearing him say it in the tone he used. If you could provide a YouTube video link, that’d be great.


26 posted on 10/31/2008 7:48:04 PM PDT by JavaJumpy (GO SARAHCUDA, GO!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Ever notice that most rich liberals didn’t really earn their money?

I'll betcha most rich liberals don't even pay taxes. They grab income, not established wealth. Good old Class Consciousness. Economic mobility? That's un-American.

27 posted on 10/31/2008 7:48:05 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: okie01
You are using the term "men" loosely/

LOL!!!!!!!

28 posted on 10/31/2008 7:48:52 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Salena Zito

The Dem bastards have forked over something like $7 TRILLION of our wealth to other people in the last 45 or 50 years, yet things have not improved. If you total up every single tax I pay, I’ll be I’m forking over 40% of my earned income every year to various governments. And they want us to pay more to prove we are not “Selfish”??

Enforced confiscation of our personal wealth has nothing to do with being selfish.

And don’t forget, it’s been proven time and again that Republicans are much, much more generous with voluntary contributions to charities than Dems.

This is all about higher taxes and making everybody equally poor and miserable.


29 posted on 10/31/2008 7:49:39 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Salena Zito
No, sir, YOU are the one who is trying to make a virtue out of THEFT!
30 posted on 10/31/2008 7:53:00 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (P.O.O.P. Prevent Overtaxation Of Plumbers-or we'll all be knee deep in it!)
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To: Salena Zito

Selfish???? So now it is not only unpatriotic, racist AND selfish to not want to spread the wealth???

There are a lot of people that fall on hard times and need temporary help. There are multitudes of programs already for this purpose. These folks don’t stay in that mode forever.

But there are a whole lot of people that will take that assistance and make it a way of life. Happily.

But I’m sure Barry knows that.


31 posted on 10/31/2008 7:53:06 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Salena Zito

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/276994.php

October 31, 2008

Are You Going to Help?

There’s still time to help elect John McCain and Sarah Palin. This past weekend, I made phone calls through the volunteer online phone bank. I admit, I was uncomfortable cold-calling complete strangers on a Sunday afternoon. But it was ultimately a rewarding experience. There were people who still claimed to be undecided. There were also several Republicans who sounded like they needed a little encouragement to go to the polls. I like to think I made a difference.

In the middle of the afternoon, I blegged for advice because I was having a hard time talking to answering machines. As I expected, the wisdom of crowds made things much easier.

Please consider making phone calls on behalf of McCain/Palin 2008 in the next few days. The process is very easy. Sign up at the top link above (I’m fairly certain you don’t even have to use a real email addy if you don’t want to get GOP emails) and within minutes the website will provide you with names, locations, phone numbers and scripts. (I think the hours are from 9am to 9pm Eastern.)

You generally get to choose the state you’d like to make calls to, so if you have free long distance like me, you can help out with some of the battleground states. My suggestions are Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

I’m tucking some advice from last weekend under the fold. Read it first and then get calling. I challenge each of you to make at least twenty phone calls. It won’t take that long and it may make a difference on Tuesday. I’m going to be calling again this weekend too.

Later: I want to emphasize that you can make calls from the comfort of your own home. This is so easy to do, there’s just no excuse for not helping.

Get the names and numbers from the McCain/Palin website. Call in between loads of laundry. Call while you’re waiting for dinner to be done. Call after you put the tot down for her afternoon nap. Do what I did and call while you’re blogging. I know you guys spend countless hours just sitting in front of your computer. You could use a little of that time to call voters.

(more....)


32 posted on 10/31/2008 7:54:26 PM PDT by roses of sharon (When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will put him to flight (Isaiah 59:19)
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To: Salena Zito
"The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich," Obama said in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday. "I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it.

Yeah, I'll bet he loves rich people. That's all the more he can soak with his tax increases.

33 posted on 10/31/2008 7:55:21 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Salena Zito
Definition of Selfish:

You are not giving what you have to ME!

34 posted on 10/31/2008 7:56:46 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Salena Zito

It is understandable that Obama think that making money comes easy when his wife gets a 100% raise a few weeks after he is elected to the Senate and he gets a sweetheart deal on a house courtesy of a convicted criminal.

In fact, life in general must seem like it is easy when you get let into Ivy League schools because of your skin color instead of your grades and SATs.


35 posted on 10/31/2008 8:01:42 PM PDT by Asceticon
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To: phatus maximus

The socialists pushing for a state income tax in Tennessee said the same thing; that the vast majority of us who opposed an income tax (well over 85% of Tennesseans) were just selfish.

I challenged ANY of them to bring in their 1040 and compare it to mine. If they gave more to charity in dollars or percentage of gross income than me, I would give them $100.

There were no takers.


36 posted on 10/31/2008 8:05:15 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat. And so is Obama.)
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To: tsowellfan

Sure I have. It’s crazy.


37 posted on 10/31/2008 8:09:00 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: Salena Zito

The frikkin millionaire whose brother lives in a hut and aunt in the slums is calling us selfish? WTH? What a POS, disgusting, creep he is.


38 posted on 10/31/2008 8:11:16 PM PDT by Unkosified (What do Osama and Obama have in common? They both have friends that bombed the Pentagon.)
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To: Unkosified

Isn’t that the truth. His family lives in poverty and he’s making 4 mil a year. What a lying POS.


39 posted on 10/31/2008 8:14:12 PM PDT by eyedigress ( My first 4 wheeler was on the rocks in Fairbanks)
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To: eyedigress

Obama sucks. Let’s all hope he doesn’t win on Tuesday. Just imagine the democrats in control of EVERYTHING.


40 posted on 10/31/2008 8:15:59 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: Salena Zito

Of course, just like in the USSR, China, Cuba and other Worker’s Paradises, the ruling elite will not share their wealth.


41 posted on 10/31/2008 8:18:15 PM PDT by indiana_gop (Madonna hates Sarah Plain because Sarah draws bigger crowds.)
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To: silentknight

There are many here who explain why the wealthy want socialism. In a nutshell it stops competition and creates a ruling authority. The rich will be that authority.


42 posted on 10/31/2008 8:25:10 PM PDT by eyedigress ( My first 4 wheeler was on the rocks in Fairbanks)
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To: Salena Zito

ANother excellent McCain ad in the making right here.


43 posted on 10/31/2008 8:25:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Salena Zito
What's more telling than the 'selfish' remark is Barack's suggesting that right-wingers would regard people who give their own money charitably as socialists. Barack doesn't realize that there's a huge difference between a kid who gives part of his sandwich to someone else, and a bully who takes part of someone else's sandwich, nibbles some himself, and then gives people the rest in exchange for a promise of fealty.
44 posted on 10/31/2008 8:33:05 PM PDT by supercat (Barry Soetoro == Bravo Sierra)
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To: Salena Zito

I’m not going to have to worry about this crap!!

We are going to win this!!


45 posted on 10/31/2008 8:34:23 PM PDT by Calif4Bush (Proud Moosehead)
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To: Salena Zito
Obama has complained to the media (and in this video) that McCain and Palin are calling him a socialist. He never quite denies the accusation but plays it up as some kind of fear tactic. It is a fear tactic but as we all know a righteous one because EU socialism will destroy this country and endanger us and the world.

But what you never have heard Obama being asked by anyone in the media is what HIS definition of socialism is. You can just imagine the hemming and hawing that would go on because to describe European socialism is to describe his solutions.

Notice in the youtube clip that the next line in his speech is Obama claiming that McCain/Palin would call him communist for the fact that he shared his toys when he was a kid. If only those Obama bots knew of the consistent string of marxist associates that Obama has had his whole life that he has never been asked about by the MSM, many of these very associations that he admitted were commumists in his first book but hidden in his second.

46 posted on 10/31/2008 8:35:57 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Why Is The Educational Establishment Comfortable With Ayers' Unrepentent Radicalism (Terrorism)?)
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To: Salena Zito
The point is, though, that -- and it's not just charity, it's not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class -- it's that when we actually make sure that everybody's got a shot...

And as far as I am concerned Obama admits clear as day that he wants to help the working class by taxing the middle class...and help the middle class by taxing the upper class...and taxing the uber-upper class to help the...

47 posted on 10/31/2008 8:40:59 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Why Is The Educational Establishment Comfortable With Ayers' Unrepentent Radicalism (Terrorism)?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
It takes a stainless steel set of balls to call anyone selfish when you’re a millionaire and your brother lives in a hut on $1 a month, your grandmother’s living in hut with a dirt floor and no running water and the aunt you exploited in your book is living in one of the worst public housing projects in Boston.

Nailed it!

48 posted on 10/31/2008 8:42:23 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Why Is The Educational Establishment Comfortable With Ayers' Unrepentent Radicalism (Terrorism)?)
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To: syriacus

“Some of us would rather give some of our money to our favorite charities, than BE FORCED TO HAND OVER MORE MONEY to the inefficient government.”

Ding! We have a winner.


49 posted on 10/31/2008 8:48:43 PM PDT by Canedawg ("If the media supposes that, the media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: FredZarguna
Bravo! Three cheers for the great Ayn Rand!
50 posted on 10/31/2008 8:52:32 PM PDT by SteelTrap
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