Obama says we’re selfish if we don’t want higher taxes

Obama’s New Attack on Those Who Don’t Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’

October 31, 2008 10:58 AM

Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper

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.”

It’s unclear if this was a nod to the Ayn Rand book “The Virtue of Selfishness,” with all that the invocation of Rand implies.

It would seem to be, given the themes of Rand’s work, what happens when independent achievers are demonized.

Which would fit with this description of those who want to keep their hard-earned tax dollars as “selfish.”

Atlas may not be shrugging, but Obama is.

— jpt


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4 Responses to “Obama says we’re selfish if we don’t want higher taxes”

  1. sfokc6125 Says:

    I fact the money will never go to the less than better off. It will just go to a slush fund that they will put in the hands of his bully buddys Acorn. There is no way to do what he wants. We as Americans give and run so many places that use donations. We have groups that do good work and This man is only out to control the country . We have a system the is a set check and balance . We dont need Big Brother doing it for us. The democrats have had the house for 2 years that is when the bottom started to fall out. He has too many unanswered questions for me. I do know you dont raise taxes when you have a weak dollar. You cut both taxes and spending. This will give you the buying power so goods are bought so the retailer pays taxes the wholesalers pays taxes the both make more money and hire more so it grows the economy. So think is it better to raise or lower. I was taught you work hard you save you grow. There are no free rides and the US Gov is not a cash cow.

  2. sfokc6125 Says:

    How can you tell if Obama has robbed your home ?

    50 % of everything is missing.

    What is the first thing Bill Clinton taught Obama ?

    Have a good drycleaaner that makes house calls on speed dial , you never know when you will need a dress cleaned.

    What is the difference between Joe Bidon and the mafia ?

    The mafia has more respect.

    The arbor day foundation has now ban the planting of oaks, we dont want anymore acorns.

    Why was Joe Bidon fired as an auctioneer ?

    Do I hear 250000.00 no 150000.00 no 125000.00 no wait 42000.00?

  3. Paul Hsieh Says:

    The kind of selfishness that Obama apparently opposes (and which Ayn Rand defended in her famous book “The Virtue of Selfishness”) is a completely noble and moral American virtue. This country was founded on the principle that men and women had the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” free from government interference and tyranny.

    Many immigrants (such as my parents) came to this country precisely to be able to work hard, prosper, and give their children a chance for a better life. They came to this country with little more than the clothes on their back, but did well over the years, sent two children to college and medical school, and are now enjoying a well-earned and comfortable retirement. Their life has been a real-life embodiment of the American dream.

    If we want America to remain a beacon of hope to millions around the world, we should re-affirm our commitment to free markets and capitalism, and reject calls for more socialism and “redistribution of wealth”.

    This country is great precisely because it allows people like my parents to attain selfish goals such as their lives and happiness. Americans should be proud of that fact, not condemn it.

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    […] Obama says we’re selfish if we don’t want higher taxes Obama’s New Attack on Those Who Don’t Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’ October 31, 2008 10:58 AM Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper 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 […] […]


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