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NYT: BHO Goal Is To Redistribute Wealth

Discreetly buried in the ‘Business’ section of the New York Times:

In Health Care Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality

By DAVID LEONHARDT

March 23, 2010

For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.

Over most of that period, government policy and market forces have been moving in the same direction, both increasing inequality. The pretax incomes of the wealthy have soared since the late 1970s, while their tax rates have fallen more than rates for the middle class and poor.

Nearly every major aspect of the health bill pushes in the other direction. This fact helps explain why Mr. Obama was willing to spend so much political capital on the issue, even though it did not appear to be his top priority as a presidential candidate. Beyond the health reform’s effect on the medical system, it is the centerpiece of his deliberate effort to end what historians have called the age of Reagan.

Speaking to an ebullient audience of Democratic legislators and White House aides at the bill-signing ceremony on Tuesday, Mr. Obama claimed that health reform would “mark a new season in America.” He added, “We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.” …

[T]he bill will also reduce a different kind of inequality. In the broadest sense, insurance is meant to spread the costs of an individual’s misfortune — illness, death, fire, flood — across society. Since the late 1970s, though, the share of Americans with health insurance has shrunk. As a result, the gap between the economic well-being of the sick and the healthy has been growing, at virtually every level of the income distribution.

The health reform bill will reverse that trend. By 2019, 95 percent of people are projected to be covered, up from 85 percent today (and about 90 percent in the late 1970s). Even affluent families ineligible for subsidies will benefit if they lose their insurance, by being able to buy a plan that can no longer charge more for pre-existing conditions. In effect, healthy families will be picking up most of the bill — and their insurance will be somewhat more expensive than it otherwise would have been

Does anyone understand any of this?

Of course the bottom line is that healthcare benefits and services will be stolen from rich Peter and given to poor Paul — who only makes $82,000 a year.

Much about health reform remains unknown. Maybe it will deliver Congress to the Republicans this fall, or maybe it will help the Democrats keep power. Maybe the bill’s attempts to hold down the recent growth of medical costs will prove a big success, or maybe the results will be modest and inadequate. But the ways in which the bill attacks the inequality of the Reagan era — whether you love them or hate them — will probably be around for a long time

Since Mr. Obama began his presidential campaign in 2007, he has had a complicated relationship with the Reagan legacy. He has been more willing than many other Democrats to praise President Reagan.

Mr. Obama praised Reagan once. And even that was the most backhanded of compliments. Mr. Obama later explained he just meant to commend him for his ruthless ability to ram through his dangerous achievements.

“Reagan’s central insight — that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic,” Mr. Obama wrote in his second book, “contained a good deal of truth.” Most notably, he praised Mr. Reagan as a president who “changed the trajectory of America.”

This was not meant as praise. Mr. Obama meant that President Reagan had turned America in the wrong direction.

But Mr. Obama also argued that the Reagan administration had gone too far, and that if elected, he would try to put the country on a new trajectory.

In truth, as we have often noted, Mr. Obama repeatedly announced that the goal of his life was to reverse the ‘Reagan Revolution.’ What he called in his first autobiography, “the dirty deed” of Reagan and his minions.

He claims that is why he got into politics in the first place.

“The project of the next president,” he said in an interview during the campaign, “is figuring out how you create bottom-up economic growth, as opposed to the trickle-down economic growth.” …

Before he became Mr. Obama’s top economic adviser, Lawrence Summers told me a story about helping his daughter study for her Advanced Placement exam in American history. While doing so, Mr. Summers realized that the federal government had not passed major social legislation in decades. There was the frenzy of the New Deal, followed by the G.I. Bill, the Interstate Highway System, civil rights and Medicare — and then nothing worth its own section in the history books.

Now there is.

What a bizarre and pig ignorant approach to history — even for a former President of Harvard.

Nevertheless, this article is significant. Mr. Obama’s true purpose has now become so glaringly obvious, that even the New York Times has to ‘report’ it.

How can Mr. Obama deny that he is a socialist now?

The Times has made it official.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “NYT: BHO Goal Is To Redistribute Wealth”

  1. BillK

    Therein lies the fundamental problem with the left.

    They think lack of legislation is a bad thing.

    Seriously – how do we fight that mentality?

  2. mr_bill

    “‘Reagan’s central insight — that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic,’ Mr. Obama wrote in his second book, ‘contained a good deal of truth.'”

    “…But Mr. Obama also argued that the Reagan administration had gone too far, and that if elected, he would try to put the country on a new trajectory.”

    Mr. Leonhardt tiptoes to the water’s edge then runs the other direction. He nearly admitted in print that Nerobama wants a big inefficient bureaucratic welfare state. What he fails to acknowledge is that the bolus of capital investment spurred by Reaganomics continued to pay dividends well into the Clinton years and is responsible for more actual job creation than Obama could ever dream of lying about.

    The massive creation of wealth, rather than its redistribution, is what Obama has a problem with. Perhaps he doesn’t understand how wealth is created and that frustrates his narcissistic ego. More likely though, he despises individual initiative and self-improvement because that removes the government’s ability to be the savior of the “downtrodden,” thereby keeping people dependent and controlled; ensconced in the government plantation. The irony is that, Obama is himself a product of just those principles (as much as it pains me to say so), determination and initiative. Granted, he had a lot of opportunities placed in his path, it still takes overt action to capitalize on the opportunities presented.

    I think Obama is quite simple to diagnose. He feels he has earned his ‘success’ and he feels deserving of a special place in history because of it. The thought of another person succeeding on the level he feels is reserved for only him would be a huge blow to his ego, so much so that he is willing to ruin a country to prevent that opportunity from ever presenting itself to another American…that and he is a dyed-in-the-wool communist.

  3. tranquil.night

    “The Times has made it official.”

    And the cabal is towing the line. After a year of dodging the label, it’s become a full court press to fascism and they aren’t hiding it anymore. It’s US vs them.

    By the way, since they’ve finally said it does this not vindicate 25 years of Rush characterizations and statements about the Liberal philosophy? The accuracy meter must be getting a nice ping this week.

  4. proreason

    It’s not about redistribution. That’s just a maze within a maze.

    It’s about power mad people determined to control other people’s lives.

    Something happened in their childhood that caused them to hate anybody telling them what to do. So they decided that THEY would be the ones doing the telling…come hell or high water.

    Redistribution is the trick to con the idiot citizens. “somethin for nothin”. It’s a very effective trick.

    But there are other tricks as well.
    – “choice” – sex for women without consequences
    – “gay marraige” – let’s pretend homosexuality is a good thing
    – “racism” – white people are your enemy
    – “equality” – once we implement it, your pitiful lack of talent and ambition won’t count anymore.
    – “Palestenian rights” – we all hate Jews, but let’s say it this way, heh heh
    – “evil CEO’s” – you’re a failure, but vote for me and we’ll make you feel better by punishing people who aren’t

    So Obamy, and his like kind, dedicate their lives, not to working hard to succeed, but to running con games to acquire power to punish some forgotten adult in their childhood.

    It’s really sad when you understand what is really going on.

    • tranquil.night

      “Living Constitution” – Make up the rules as you go and find court precedent to hide behind.

      You’re right about the redistribution of wealth premise too. With control the goal, it’s nothing more than the seizure and destruction of wealth.

      Along with the country.

    • TwilightZoned

      Forced income redistribution is nothing more than Marxism. What a great way to keep everyone poor – much easier to control the masses. Lots more carrots are to be dangled and then yanked away with a heinous laugh when the people don’t comply. I believe the demented are eggin’ the people on to violence. They’re chompin’ at the bit to impose martial law and suspend habeas corpus.

      Allowing ex-cons the right to vote and giving illegals amnesty are the current tricks being concocted to help make sure the evil remain in power. Fundamental transformation = dictatorship.

      Children? Nah, just indoctrinated soulless devil spawn. But you’re correct, Pro. The stupid are being duped, and quite easily. Unfortunately you can’t argue with idiots. Facts elude those who think with their emotions.

  5. romulus

    let’s call it what it is…reparations. The people would revolt if it was tried overtly with a one time wealth transfer…but this is so much more insidious. It’s not a one time transfer and be done with it. It’s institutionalized reparations in perpetuity. A new slave class (that’s you).

  6. Right of the People

    “But Mr. Obama also argued that the Reagan administration had gone too far, and that if elected, he would try to put the country on a new trajectory.”

    Yeah, straight down the toilet.

  7. TerryAnne

    I’m still laughing at this gem: “The project of the next president,” he said in an interview during the campaign, “is figuring out how you create bottom-up economic growth, as opposed to the trickle-down economic growth.” …

    Despite your supposedly earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, Oboy, I’d like to let you know that bottom-up economic growth is better know as economic loss. You cannot give what the have-not’s have to those who have….because there is nothing to give. You also fail to realize that when you give it all to the bottom…they become the top.

    • tranquil.night

      Gotta love how he says the next president has to ‘figure out’ how to do it. Apparently he believes it’s the President’s job to not only dictate economic policy but invent it as well. Once again, statements like this prove to be more transparently honest to Bam’s governing than any pre-written campaign pitch.

      Why, Barry, did you think it was the President’s responsibility to depart from 230 years of American tradition and make happen what apparently the best economists could never honestly propose and the most ruthless dictators could never effectively implement?

      Well, because those fools weren’t named Barack Hussein Obama obviously.

    • proreason

      “The project of the next president,” he said in an interview during the campaign, “is figuring out how you create bottom-up economic growth, as opposed to the trickle-down economic growth”

      Laugh or scream?

      Think about that comment.

      It means he views himself as the one who destroys the economy. That’s job 1. He has no idea what can replace it.

      Like i’ve said many times. He is the most dangerous person to appear on Earth since the 1930’s.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Herein lies the basic fallacy. There are rich, there are middle class, there are poor. Regardless of how the rich got that way or how the poor got that way, let’s assume that the O-hole and his quite substantive array of theorists and economic wizards figure out a way for “trickle-up economics” whereby the poor become rich and the rich vice-versa.

      Now who’s the enemy? The rich!!!

      Dag Nabbit, give that boy a seee-gar. In this fantasy, the liberals want to see all the “poor” become “rich”; Is that it? It can’t be. On the very face of the supposition, it’s laughable. For once they become “rich” they are now every bit as bad as the one who’s money they took. Worse, actually. No?

      Well, YOU know that and I know that and even the liberals know that but to take from the rich and give to the poor is some kind of Robin Hood gone very wrong. So imagine the tax mechanisms put into place to take that money and “redistribute it among the millions”….well, there’s a reason why 1% of the population has most of the money…it’s called capitalism and…..

      ooooOOOOOooooooohhh, I get it, so you’re telling me now that capitalism is bad. Oh, ok.

      So, along with these taxes upon the rich, let’s set up an economy where capitalism is punished. Hmmm, see where I’m goin’ with this, folks? So, if you tax the wealthy, put horrible restrictions on the producers of the nation; ie: those who provide jobs, then where does the incentive go to make things? To invent things? To create new technologies? Shoot, in this model Bill Gates is an out-and-out CRIMINAL. Regardless that he and his small company got the personal computer industry off to one hell of a start. Odd how everybody wanted one…there was a need and ……Gates knew there was a need, and the need grew to a worldwide explosion of PC’s everywhere. Why, they’re even in IRAN…North Korea, AMAZING.

      But, with a stroke of a pen, the idealistic plan of the ignorant left in power such as Pe-loser, Dingy Harry et al, is that they actually believe the rich, who are not their friends, need to be punished. Doesn’t matter how those two got THEIR money. No. But it matters how anyone ELSE got theirs. So they must TAKE IT.

      But, eventually, the money is gone. And it goes pretty quickly. So they will come for your property too. Then your family heirlooms, anything of value that’s made of precious metal. And so on. Because money will become worthless except in the proletariat-authorized stores and so on. In essence, just like the USSR, EVERYONE will be working for the government.

      This is what they want…as long as they are the government.

      Like Rush said today, quoting that dipstick John Dingell-berry, “To control the people”.

      THAT is what they truly desire. That way, nobody can smoke….nobody can drive a car, nobody can exhale…all in the ruse that “it’s good for you; We know what’s best” And pat us on our wee heads and give us a ruble and off we go.

      I think they will find a different mindset in November. They may SAY they don’t care about losing their seats this Fall. I think they do. Plus, I think they pulled this stunt simply to shove it up any conservative’s ass. The biggest spite-move in political history. Founded on hatred of everything that has rules, order, organization, structure to it. As proven by the way they did it. No rules. No organization. No order. No structure and many of them DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT’S IN THE DAMN BILL!

      It reminds me of so many bad things about hippies. How they couldn’t do basic life skills. 40 years later, we see the end result. Shoot, even the Mafia has organization. Much better than this, at that.

      But, in November, when the gloves come off and the democrats find themselves unemployed and the bill reversed, which it MUST be and MUST be the main thrust of any conservatives campaign…to control both the House and the Senate…then we might have a chance. We need conservatives who have enough fight in them to convince Americans we have a chance of undoing all this horrible legislation.

      It doesn’t do ANY of the things O-hole or Pe-loser or Dingy Harry says it will. It will cost way too much money, it will ruin the economy, it will kill more people than any so-called “evil” health-insurance provider and on and on. Meanwhile it sticks a microphone and microscope in everyone’s bank account (thought the liberals were against that sort of thing…where’s the ACLU now?), it tells you what you can eat, drink and when and how much…so we’ll all live on seaweed because, actually, no matter what GovCo says should be in our diet, nobody will produce that kind of food and only the rich political elite will be able to find it from overseas. So seaweed it shall be.

      Perhaps it’s time to make sure Spot and Fluffy are inside at night because…..have you ever noticed in communist countries, there are no dogs or cats? Hunger is the one thing on everybody’s mind in countries like Cuba, Venezuela, NoKo, and so on.

      Someone said our spending is on par with GDP of other nations…but they forgot one very important thing. Defense spending for the entire free frappin’ world! We spend it so Europe doesn’t have to….thank you NATO. If Sweden spent percentage-wise on what we do, they’d be unable to afford all the social welfare programs that they have!

      Imagine that!!!!!!! And hey, I’m just a guy with a bachelor’s degree from a private college. I know little about economics beyond the “guns/butter” lecture. I DO know however that this once free nation could produce enough guns to protect a free world along with enough BUTTER to FEED the rest of it…and we did.

      Well, that will have to stop.

      By the way, the “budget commission” that this idiot has organized….watch them in a few months recommend slashing military spending in order to pay for these entitlement programs. Yup….we will have about 1% of our total military that we have now. Unless you want to be an Obummer Brownshirt, doing your part for “social justice” and the “new american way”.

      Nope….will not capitalize american in that context. We are now the new american socialist state. nass. ty.

      The mood this week at work was HORRIBLE. The government is about to get its tentacles into the airline industry. If a plane is off the gate for more than three hours and delayed….it’s $27,500 PER PASSENGER in fines. For a plane with 140 people on it, that’s 3.8 MILLION dollars in a one-time fine. So, they want to destroy air travel too. There are other regulations and fines in the works as well. Socialism….the new normal…control everything…..no free markets (except in name) and on and on.

      I am so depressed and and so angry it’s not believable. I’ve heard many people are already adjusting their withholding tax so that GovCo can’t get their hands on it right away. I like it.

      Wouldn’t it be funny if, during the year, the head scratchers discover that tax revenues went DOWN by a considerable amount? And, in an odd coincidence, even though they were for the year previous, there was a 50% jump in missing tax filing returns?

      What then? I fear they would get aggressively ugly. Anybody who had anything, they would take it. Hm….reminds me of Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, etc. So….I would say, whatever you can convert to gold, do it now. Then hide it. Hide it well.

    • JohnMG

      ……”anything of value that’s made of precious metal…..”

      the most precious metal I can think of right now, Rusty is cupronickel. And I’d be willing to give them some.

    • proreason

      Oh, they definitely don’t want any more rich people who aren’t in on the scam. No capitalists. No entrepreneurs. No inventors. No wealth creators. Period.

      Gates, Buffet. They voted for their own death warrant.

      Wealth brings power. And only the commisars have power. Period.

      But you say, that’s stupid. They want to be rich themselves. Why would they clamp down on innovation and wealth creation. It doesn’t make sense.

      But that just means that you don’t understand. THEY have all they need. Which is everything that there is. Allowing others the ability to succeed, or even allowing the DESIRE to succeed is a threat to there position. Putting the clamps on everything is the approach that has worked so successfully from the Pharoes though the Commissars.

      Stalin made sure there weren’t any wealthy people in HIS country.

      And the moron aims to do the same.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      No, Pro, what I was saying, albeit in a very roundabout way was the point you made more precisely.

      My tirade was as if I was talking to a jello-headed liberal who, a few years from now, doesn’t understand what the government is doing. And I’m waving my arms at him and yelling.

      I know full well what we’re headed for since when I was in school, they still taught how the Nazis and the communists came to power in the earlier part of the 20th century.

      I knew from a young age, as most if not all people who read this blog, that evil can disguise itself so well to fool the masses. It’s just what definition do you ascribe to it? For the liberals, the fallacy is that anyone who is for order, rules, responsibility also represent what the average teenager finds to be “not-fun” and…whoever is against fun is evil.

      It’s an oft-told saw by elders in other countries and in our own basic morality plays and so on. But you know this.

      We are now again at the point where responsibility (“un-fun”)meets free stuff (fun) and the ignorant masses think that the money for all this will come from “the rich” which you and me both know….is you and me. I don’t make anywhere near the money this megalomaniac claims he aims to punish for being rich. We here all know it’s the “Jews fault” all over again, only in the self-confinement of the liberal-speak world, he cannot come out and say it.

      So, it’s “the rich” “the successful”, “the big bad business chains” “the evil petroleum companies” and so on…but applied more selectively than Herr Hitler. If you analyze his “arguments” and his rabble-rousing speeches, he is doing EXACTLY what uncle Adolph used to do: Get the members of the crowd all riled up about some “common enemy” real, or perceived, it matters not and get the crowd to hate them.

      Ever single time he appears now, he rails about the banks, the big businesses, etc etc. He is no different than Hitler in this regard but so few youngsters who think they have been somehow cheated, and the blacks and the mexicans who all feel the same……that is “I see all this wealth….where is mine?”……are now focused on a mis-identified target. And O-hole will save them…as Hitler promised…..and return the wealth that “is so rightfully yours that was taken by the Jews”.

      I see right through everything he says…as do many here but he now gets even closer to being a carbon copy of that little shit with the funny mustache and once again, like Big Ben chiming twelve when the hands are straight up, the masses, who are always frustrated are ripe for the picking and blossoming into a force that for a time may become unstoppable…just like the Nazis in the 1930’s.

      As I’m sure you recall, once the SS took over….and the streets were suddenly under Gestapo control….only then did the average German say, “Ach du Liber….Ich bin ein scheisekopf!!!”

      But it was too late.

      Many have said…..”When they found out he was so evil, why didn’t they [get rid of] him then?” Well….Just like the US, Germany in the 1930’s was one of the most civilized in the world, very observant of all laws and would never think to do any such thing. Many also said, “oh, it can’t be that bad…they’re just sending them to the ghettos”.

      But there wasn’t a single German I’ve ever met who lived through it who wished they didn’t play along. That they had either left, like many of their neighbors, or found a way to fight back. But, it was too late…the tentacles had grown and the only way out was death. Otherwise decent, honest people ratted out their friends, their neighbors, their own family for fear of retribution.

      And it all started so benignly. So quietly….a small movement that turned into a roar…and we all know how that worked out.

      His plan is identical. He loves how it was done. When I’m wheeling bags of cash to get a loaf of bread I will know what comes next. I’m pretty sure now.

  8. JohnMG

    …..”The pretax incomes of the wealthy have soared since the late 1970s, while their tax rates have fallen more than rates for the middle class and poor……”

    Well, if you’re going to tell a lie, it may as well be a BIG one. Like everything else these asshats accuse us of, this is out and out projection. And yes, “health care” will be another burdensome tax that the middle class can ill afford.

    With the top 5% of taxpayers carrying 60% of the tax burden, there is little place else from which the money can come.

    Pop Quiz: How many of us here ever got a job from a poor person?
    (Shame on you–not that kind of ‘job’.)

    Show me some of that trickle-up economics, BO, ya freakin’ moron!!

    • proreason

      You probably already know, but it is a lie that the rich have become richer since Reagen.

      They have used statistics to lie and it has been clearly demonstrated many times. Among the many reasons are:

      – when tax rates are high, rich people hide assets and put their wealth in non-taxable investments, so the tax statistics don’t show as much income. When the brackets come down, they invest in ways that show income, so the apparent “income” of the wealthy seems to increase dramatically.
      – entitlement programs are not counted. As entitlements grow, it appears the “poor” are doing worse compared to the “rich”.

      These are just a couple of the factors that make the assertion a lie.

      Yet, of course, you hear it all the time.

      In addition, as Thomas Sowell frequently points out, there is plenty of movement among the “wealth” quintiles. The quintiles, of course, remain at 20% of the total, but the people in those quintiles vary significantly from year to year. In other words, a poor person who works can easily improve his lot in life. And a rich person who is lazy can quickly lose his wealth.

  9. TwilightZoned

    Not sure if this was about drugs or what, just seems to fit. The first two verses and chorus, which is particularly apropos, of Stealers Wheel song “Stuck in the Middle With You”.

    Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
    I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
    I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
    And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
    Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right, here I am,
    Stuck in the middle with you.

    Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
    And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
    It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
    Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
    Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
    Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

    Well you started out with nothing,
    And you’re proud that you’re a self made man,
    And your friends, they all come crawlin,
    Slap you on the back and say,
    Please…. Please…..




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