Barack Obama recently gave this response to a plumber who asked him if his tax plan would increase his taxes: “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too,” Obama responded. “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
For arguments sake, let us analyze this response this way. My brother, is one of only a handful of people who does what he does, makes x amount of money a year. He pays his income tax, roughly 30%, a fair share, I might add. Obama wants to increase that percentage by whatever, then, pour that money into some government run social program so someone without the skills and the drive my brother has, can climb the economic scale. Put in more basic terms, someone making $100,000 a year, pays $30,000 in taxes now; under Obama’s plan he pays, for arguments sake, $40,000 a year in taxes. That extra money is then ” redistributed ” to people who have taken the easy way out by relying on the Government to take care of them.
Here is what I want my brother to think about: You work hard for your paycheck. Shouldn’t it be your choice what you do with your money? Do you really want the Government to take your hard earned dollars and give them to some random person who has spent half his life on the dole because he doesn’t have the ambition to succeed like you did?
I’m all for spreading the wealth, for all of you out there who want to do it, more power to you. I, myself have been known to donate money to the Humane Society when I have it to give. I give generously to people at work who are beset by tragedy. There are millions of worthwhile charities in this country and around the world. Pick one. The U. S. Government does not need your charity. Trust me.