“I do think, at a certain point, you’ve made enough money.” — President Barack Obama
The president was “off-’prompter” when he uttered that revealing statement during a recent anti-Wall Street rally, but when the POTUS ignores the TOTUS, you know you’re getting the real BHO.
That said, we have a hard time believing that moneyed elites living a leftist la vida loca will wind up on the Obama camarilla’s list of People With Enough Cash. Consider, for example, Al Gore. The yammering high priest of the Cult of Global Warming recently shelled out $8.8 million for a carbon-belching ocean-view villa in California. (Better to keep a rheumy eye on those rising seas, apparently.) The laughable hypocrisy of that purchase aside, one might consider asking the president, “Has carbon mogul Al Gore made enough money?”
Closer to home, Obama has fellow travelers on the path to redistributive justice. We now know, for example, that Gov. Jim Doyle and Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature believe that companies like Harley-Davidson have made enough money. That’s why the Democrat majority approved a punitive combined-reporting corporate tax requirement that has Harley mulling plant relocations.
The company announced last week that it must cut $54 million in manufacturing costs, in part, because of a new $22 million combined-reporting tax hit that ensures it now pays, as Wisconsin Democrats like to say, “their fair share.” If Harley can’t make those cuts, the Wisconsin icon might relocate its manufacturing facilities to another state.
In a perfect world, area Dems like Sen. Judy Robson and Reps. Mike Sheridan, Chuck Benedict and Kim Hixson would be among those taken to Harley plants in Menomonee Falls and Tomahawk and forced to explain to the 1,400 workers there why a massive tax hike on their employer is fair and a fine idea in the current economic climate.
(At the same time, we wonder whether Harley workers finally will realize that their union is among those responsible for electing big-government Democrats who hatch anti-business schemes like combined reporting.)
As for the president, floating the notion that government has the moral authority to determine whether wealth is excessive is yet another indication that the redistributor-in-chief intends to reap the political rewards of inciting class envy. It’s a cheap tactic; it’s tawdry and it further exposes Obama, on or off ’prompter, as just another petty partisan at a time when much more is required of a president.
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