Making Rev. Wright proud: President Panderer says Jesus would support taxing the rich

Posted by: ST on February 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm


President Barack Obama on Thursday tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’s teachings have shaped that conclusion.

The rich should pay more not only because “I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,’” Obama said at the Washington Hilton, delivering remarks at an annual event that every president has attended since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“We can all benefit from turning to our Creator, listening to him,” Obama said. “Avoiding phony religiosity. … This is especially important right now when we’re facing some big challenges as a nation.”

Obama infused his remarks on spirituality with a populist message of economic fairness, echoing rhetoric he unveiled in December in Osawatomie, Kan., and returned to in his State of the Union address last week. Without countering his Republican presidential opponents head on, Obama offered a contrast to Mitt Romney’s positions on class and wealth.

“When I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us,” Obama said, “I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody, but I also do it because I know far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years. And I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’”

Where does this guy get off spouting this garbage? Mark Whittington at Yahoo sets him straight (via @andylancaster):

The Bible verse that Obama choose to support this opinion with was from Luke 12:48, which states, in the King James version, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required.” It is perhaps a more decorous Bible verse than Mark 12:17 which states, in part, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” meaning give to Obama what is his. The latter verse may better capture the true attitude Obama has toward taxes, but he showed some discretion in not invoking it.

Most people reading the Bible verse that Obama invoked would marvel at his interpretation of it. It has been assumed that God would do the requiring and not the president of the United States, even if he sees God every time he looks in the mirror. The admonition is understood to be a call to perform charity and to help one’s neighbor, not to pay ones taxes.

To be sure, Obama invoked Islamic and Jewish doctrine to support his soak the rich proposals as well. But under Islam, a believer is required to directly give alms to the deserving poor, not to the Department of Health and Human Services to hire bureaucrats to in turn give money to other bureaucrats to run programs that might or might not help the poor. Judaism has similar requirements of its adherents.

The problem is that the three great religions were founded long before the bureaucratic welfare state was created or even conceived of. It was well understood that helping the least among us was a highly personal act, which benefits the giver as well as the recipient. The welfare state model that Obama favors is not only more impersonal, but far more wasteful.

Obama’s invocation of religion is also very offensive. Imagine if George W. Bush, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, had said it was God’s will that we end the reign of terror and misrule of Saddam Hussein. The outrage would have been heard around the world. But Obama feels that he can get away with enlisting Jesus, Moses, and Mohammed in a partisan fight over tax policy.

Got that right!

This guy has a nasty habit of invoking the bogus “Jesus was a liberal” argument whenever it suits both his purpose and audience.  It’s something he learned from his spiritual  mentor – the Rev. Jeremiah Wright – who was a proponent of “social justice” from the pulpit.  Anyway, remember when Obama said the Sermon on the Mount justified civil unions? How about the time he bizarrely suggested to roomful of black evangelicals that if he were elected President, “we [could] create a Kingdom right here on Earth”? Or how about Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech in which she declared that Barack Obama could “heal this nation” and “fix our souls” if elected? Deeply disturbing.  All of this is just more effort to support the frequent assertions made by conservatives – Christian and secular alike – that this guy really does believe his own press, supporters, and family when it comes to favorable opinions about him being a “messiah-like” figure.

It’s an election year, so except these types of outrageous invocations by this absolutely shameless President and his minions to continue.  He and they will stop at nothing to try and keep him in the WH for another four years, even if it means using scripture (that he and they obviously don’t understand – more on that here) to justify his positions in such a way that would have had George W. Bush testifying before Congress had he made similar statements.

Buckle up, peeps. A long, bumpy, windy-road ride is ahead of us.

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21 Responses to “Making Rev. Wright proud: President Panderer says Jesus would support taxing the rich”


  1. syn says:

    No doubt that on tonight’s Helping Barack Obama channel, Bill Maher is going to rage against Obama’s religiousity.

    Do people still subscribe to HBO or is that entertainment venue still occupied by useful idiots?

  2. SpideyTerry says:

    Eh, what’s the harm? It’s like there are stories collected in some kind of text that depict God punishing people for their hubris.

    …What’s that? There is!

  3. RickS says:

    We truly have an awful, cynical clown as president. How could anyone have actually voted for this ass hat? God help us until we can get rid of him in November.

  4. Sefton says:

    Jesus rebuked Satan for using scripture out of context.
    If Obama is truly a Christian, he would be wise to tread carefully.
    If he’s not a Christian, then I’m sure it’s just business as usual for the snake oil salesman.

  5. SEHaase says:

    “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy.”

  6. Carlos says:

    “To whomsoever much is given…” speaks to those gifts God has given to His people. It has nothing to do with wealth, at least directly, and I would remind the Christian poseur that many centuries earlier God had given a commandment that was so important it was etched in stone: “Thou shalt not steal.” Or another, that begins “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s ass…”

    Seems to me the politics of division and greed Duh-1 practices so heartily runs smack dab counter to both of these. I’m just waiting for the day the mask comes off and he tells his worshippers killing greedy people in the name of redistribution is not really murder, and will be absolved by “his” law. I’m sure his edicts are morally and ethically better than those of the Creator of the universe…

  7. david foster says:

    Is Obama actually a Christian? Why then that crack about people “clinging to guns and God”? I’m not a Christian myself, but was under the impression that Christians are SUPPOSED to “cling to God.”

    I’m not particularly concerned with what religion our President has or doesn’t have, but I do have a problem with having one that’s a flat-out liar.

  8. Drew the Infidel says:

    A false prophet if ever I saw one.

  9. Ralph Gizzip says:

    The politicians LOVE to prey on the public’s sense of charity when confiscating tax dollars from them. However, we need to point out that it isn’t charity when it’s taken at the point of a gun. And if you think that’s not the case try not paying your taxes and see who shows up at your door.

  10. Dennis D says:

    Jesus believed in charity and never once suggested in forced governmental redistribution of wealth. Has anyone seen the tax returns for Biden and Obama before 2008? They gave almost nothing to charity.

  11. CZ says:

    B.O. should read the ten commandments. Especially #10.

    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.

    So why does he want to gore my ox and bust my ass?

  12. PE says:

    Y’all need to listen to me and Jesus now.

  13. Katja says:

    If you get the chance, you should watch the speech that Eric Metaxas gave at the National Prayer Breakfast and marvel that he said some of the things he did with President Obama just a few feet away. One of his major points was getting away from false religiosity, and I believe one of his examples of this was being able to quote from Scripture to be able to “prove” one point or another. His biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is absolutely excellent.

  14. Kate says:

    If he’s so into Jesus’ teachings, he should at least make an attempt to get them right!

    ALso, he should stop chasing after the Catholic Church for not offering birth control to employees under their healthcare plans and get after the Teamsters Health & Welfare program that I have that DOES NOT COVER BIRTH CONTROL OR PREGNANCIES OF MINORS COVERED UNDER THEIR PLAN!

  15. Zippy says:

    UGH.. Every time he opens his mouth more barks and spiders come out.

  16. Carlos says:

    Good point, Kate, but he’ll never go after a union as long as they are “right with the lord.” Meaning as long as they keep their contributions rolling in to his campaign.

  17. Joseph Brown says:

    I think der Fuhrer Obama should refer to Jesus as Mr. Jesus because I don’t think he knows him that well.

  18. david foster says:

    When Jesus talked about “charity”, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about “seizing money by force from people who do useful work and giving it to the politically-well-connected”, ie to some 0th-century equivalent of Solyndra.

    Much of the “progressive” concern about the poor and “the 99%” is actually a smokescreen to hide the funneling of the nation’s wealth to the political class and their associates.

  19. Kate says:

    I suppose if he was talking about the tax collectors…and he was using the example of those in the day of Jesus, they were a corrupt group who were hated by all the people, known to cheat and allowed to cheat by Rome as long as they got what Rome decreed.

    The method used to determine how much you should pay in taxes at that time was up to the individual tax collector who made a value judgement about how much you might be worth and levied the tax accordingly..usually in the tax collectors favor.

    Needless to say, I think Obama would like to use this method of taxation today.

  20. Chris in N.Va. says:

    Such cultural progress we’ve made:

    Where once we had Flip Wilson’s “the devil made me buy this dress” Geraldine, now we have Obama’s “Jesus made me destroy this nation” imperial despotic rule.

    We’ve come a long way, baby!