What about our president’s vaunted intelligence, morality, and honesty?
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This vision of government as a moral agent superior to the individual citizen informs all the policy thinking of Obama and the intellectual wing of the Democrat party. To see it operate to such an extent is fascinating. Think of the mind-set required to describe a person giving a spontaneous gift to charity as “getting a tax break”!
Notice also the sanctimoniousness of saying that if it is “really” a charitable contribution, the tax implications should not be a consideration. This again deflects the main moral reality here; namely, the government taxing him on the dollar he gave away to the homeless shelter is the monstrous act of moral blindness. To call him crass for noticing the injustice is a crowning iniquity. This man took a rightfully earned dollar and turned it over unselfishly to the poor, and the government wants to charge him 11 cents for the right.
WHICH BRINGS US TO DISHONESTY in presentation, a style reminiscent of the predator offering candy to the kid in the schoolyard. Look at his trick of invoking Ronald Reagan by saying the “tax break” would be the same twenty-eight cents it was under Reagan.
A good example would be those sales where a store that opened in 1959 celebrates its 50th anniversary by offering its hamburgers at the original price, say ten cents. This is a generous and fun way of bringing people in and reminding them of a half-century of reliable service.
Now what if the company said they were doing a 50 percent-off sale, but to celebrate the anniversary they would only give the discount based on the 1959 price? So if the hamburger costs five dollars now, they will give a nickel off the price, the equivalent of a 50% sale on Opening Day in 1959. The price of your burger: five dollars minus five cents, for a total of $4.95. Everyone would rightly scorn such a promotion.
But that is what Obama just said. We will tax you at the new 39 cent rate, but we will discount your contribution according to the old rate. So you will get 28 cents off the 39 cents you owe on that dollar, leaving you to pay Uncle Sam 11 more cents. And why the figure of 28, you ask. That is to honor the memory of Ronald Reagan, who gave the same reduction.
Helloooo?! Reagan gave 28 cents off your tax per charitable dollar because he was only taxing 28 cents per dollar. What a nasty, corrupt — dare I say meretricious — stunt to put over while cloaking oneself in the mantle of fairness.
We have analyzed Obama’s approach and found it illogical, immoral, and dishonest, all rolled into one pretty package. Heaven help us.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?