I’m assuming now that Obama is a front man for the remaining members of the radical left.
It is because Diane wants those making less than $250K a year to think they are safe and never aspire to make over that amount. Those are the people who get hurt - not the ultra rich like Diane - she can make off shore investments and have save havens for her money - she won’t pay more - it is those of us unfortunately to fall between $250K and about $1.250 million who will bear the brunt.......of course I actually think it will be more like those making $75K up - because Obama will not be able to make the numbers work and will be “forced” to lower that amount to include the idiots who believed him and voted with their hand out for their freebie...
We have to give ohbama credit, he answered an honest question, truthfully.
It wasn’t Joe that turned this around, it was the ignorant, inexperienced ‘messiah’ himself. Fool that he is.
Joe's response was "oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to go there, it was just a hypothetical, sorry...". He backed off.
He should have retorted "no, I don't, but I'd like to and I'm trying to get to that point - and it seems like Obama is trying to discourage me. Say, Diane, I'm pretty sure YOU take home more than $250K, what do YOU think about him taking more of your income away from you, income that you chose to NOT give to the government?"
The reason why the left-right dichotomy generally matches the urban-rural division is that urbanites largely thrive off re-arranging existing goods, while ruralites experience dirt & sweat as the source of all things. (Overstated indeed, but generally true.)
The “spread the wealth around” meme makes perfect sense if you think “wealth” is just tokens which can be redistributed: it’s all there, and capitalism just unfairly complicates the process of everyone getting a fair share. Every square inch is artificial and pre-exists. Hungry? just divvy up the contents of the grocery store, which always has enough. Poor? just move those dollars around without any of that pesky “earning” nonsense. Oh sure, we’ll all need to work, but work is just a matter of taking all this stuff and spreading it around, and maybe just kinda sticking some of it together or splitting it up; there’s enough for everyone if the “haves” would just stop hoarding it. Want dinner? there’s a carrot out there somewhere, just a matter of getting it in your hands.
The “capitalism” meme recognizes that something comes from nothing thru great personal effort. This is starkly apparent in the country, where most everything is either nature untouched or one tilling removed. Hungry? tear away the undergrowth and shade-causing trees, turn over the soil, plant a seed, wait for weeks, water & weed often, and know the effort required to bring a single carrot into existence. Poor? do the same for a great many carrots at great personal effort, trading the result for other desired goods, using money to facilitate the exchange. We all need to work because if we don’t, _we_don’t_eat_ - not because some greedy capitalist is keeping carrots from us unless we pay him, but because there _aren’t_any_ carrots unless we labor for them. Want dinner? there are no carrots until someone coaxes nature to create one.
BHO, being a lifetime resident of major urban centers, axiomatically believes all wealth simply exists - and “fairness” dictates simply “spreading the wealth around”, presuming that all things are simply on one shelf or another, there for the taking if only the selfish would get out of the way. He thinks carrots come neatly shrink-wrapped from Whole Foods, not from dirt and sweat.