Obama’s Warped View of the Role of Government
Last week I was struck by how differently liberals look at the world. In a press conference regarding raising the debt ceiling, President Obama made the statement:
And I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing, in fact, I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.
For starters, there is nothing that prevents the President from writing as large a check as he is comfortable writing to pay for any kid’s college education—let me give him my address, as my daughter begins college in September and I could use some cash.
He said he won’t accept a deal to raise the debt ceiling if he is “. . . able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need . . .”
Since I’m not a liberal, I’m not familiar with the idea that I’m not able to keep what I earn, although I am reminded of the same when I look at the withholding on my pay stub every two weeks, and the rather large slice of my earnings that get shoveled into the black hole of government, but I digress.
What I earn belongs to me, not the government, and I am able to keep all of it and pay my taxes accordingly. And government exists to serve the people, not the other way around.
Later in his speech, President Obama went on to say:
And if you don’t have revenues, it means you are putting more of a burden on the people who can least afford it. And that’s not fair. And I think the American people agree with me on that.
Liberals love to hide behind “Fairness.” Let’s call fairness what it is—Socialism. I hate break it to you, but life is simply not fair; there are winners and losers.
Government exists to serve the people and ensure that ours freedoms and liberties are protected, with an absolute minimum of government intrusion. Liberals try to turn this inside out in the name of “Fairness,” using people to serve government and redistribute wealth, eroding the very freedoms and liberties our founding fathers intended government to protect.
(The entire transcript of the press conference can be viewed here http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/11/press-conference-president)