Obama: Opposition to socialism equals “selfishness”

Posted by: ST on October 31, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Wow. Just wow (h/t: GP):

On the stump this week, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has pushed back against Sen. John McCain’s description of his tax policies.

“The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich,” Obama said in Sarasota, Florida, yesterday. “I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it. That’s the America dream, that’s the American way, that’s terrific.

“The point is, though, that — and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class — it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot – when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month – then guess what? Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.

“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

Here’s the video:

If the McCain campaign doesn’t saturate the airwaves with this this weekend, they’re crazy.

Jennifer Rubin responds:

Aside from insulting voters who think it isn’t selfish to use their own money to build businesses, raise children, and give to charity (ask Joe Biden about that!), his formulation shows an appalling lack of understanding about how people get rich. The government is going to give people goodies and then they’ll have more money to spend? Wow. Who knew it could be so easy? No working, earning, saving, building businesses, hiring more people, investing and the like. Money just comes from thin air, from the government.

Yeah, and not only are you “selfish” if you oppose socialism, you’re not being sufficiently “patriotic”, either.

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  • 8 Responses to “Obama: Opposition to socialism equals “selfishness””


    1. NC Cop says:

      Not only that, but his holiness is already preparing people for a huge letdown should he win.

      Obama Lays Plans to Kill Expectations After Election Victory

      Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

      Gosh Barry, would those be the “unrealistic hopes” that you have been fostering in millions of people for the last 18 months or so?????

      In an interview with a Colorado radio station, Obama appeared to be engaged already in expectation lowering. Asked about his goals for the first hundred days, he said he would need more time to tackle such big and costly issues as health care reform, global warming and Iraq.

      I cannot believe my freaking eyes!!! How can anyone vote for this guy? He lies, exaggerates, denies his lies, gets caught in his lies, and nobody cares. The media is completely in his back pocket and nobody cares. He promises nothing but economic ruin and foreign policy disaster and nobody cares.

      What the hell is going on in this country?!?!?!?:((

    2. Trish says:

      “Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s.”

      So much for Obama’s “simple Christian faith.”

    3. DavidL says:

      Obama is a moron. The economy is driven by the production and consumpution of goods and services. Taking a dollar from Peter to pay Paul produces nothing, and nothing is the content of BO’s head.

    4. jbw says:

      Well, I can’t say if McCAin and Co. will be able to create an ad using this before election (money). But, McCain had already included it in his stump speech late yesterday in Ohio.

    5. benning says:

      Obama = Clueless, Socialist schmuck


    6. ew says:

      Yea, I am not sure about selfish but I am also not so sure about the socialist thing that McCain is trying to sell. The liberal illuminati are too good at spinning the things McCain says and then pushing back through the media to make Obama look good and McCain look stupid. Like most things I think neither of the candidates propaganda is extremely truthful but then again, it’s election time.

    7. If Obama really wanted “to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class” then he’d cut or even eliminate the capital gains tax. Doing so would spur investment which is what businesses use to create jobs.

      But of course he’s not about creating jobs or boosting the economy, but about “fairness,” which to him means spreading money around.