The tapes don't lie
By Paul Moomjean 09/27/2012
One of the problems with modern politics is that politicians and candidates are terrified of saying specifics, in fear of being labeled numerous adjectives right out of the smear handbook. If a politician believes in taxing the rich and giving to the poor, he or she is called a “socialist,” and a candidate who believes that hardworking Americans should keep their money and let those who don’t work rely on family or charities is labeled “heartless.” So instead of getting actual opinions or straight talk from politicians, we get soft language and beat-around-the-bush rhetoric. Yet in a wonderfully ironic twist this presidential campaign season, the two candidates, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, recently had “damaging” tapes surface of them stating clearly how they feel about particular issues. As MSNBC and Fox News both spin what their guy or their guy’s opponent says, why not drop the spin now and demand the candidates just come out and proudly stand for what they actually said? It would help everyone: The voters. The spinsters. And most importantly, the candidates.
The recently found 1998 tape has Barack Obama spewing collectivism mumbo jumbo, and yet the media has been very quiet about his words. MSNBC (Major Stupidity Nodding Barack’s Collectivism) just laughs at his rant. But why can’t Obama just admit that he said at Loyola University in Chicago, “I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.” (Emphasis added.)
Be proud of your statement, President Obama. Why not just admit this is your goal, to take away from the wealthy and give to the less fortunate. Just admit you think some people make too much money. And why wouldn’t he believe that? He doesn’t believe people built their own businesses. He believes someone else built it. He believes the government-built roads and bridges made success happen. Not hard work. Not inventive thinking. But luck and government-funded infrastructure.
Mitt Romney, meanwhile, got in trouble for having the audacity to remind a group of wealthy people that, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.” Can someone please tell me where he is being dishonest? It’s true that over time, give or take a few percentage points, half the country pays for services the other 50 percent don’t pay for but get to use. Be proud of your statement, Mr. Romney. You’re right! There is a large block of Americans who don’t pay into the system, but want the system to help them anyway. They feel entitled because they believe they deserve this. And why shouldn’t people get free healthcare, education, housing, food and other handouts? They won the sperm race. They deserve all the glories of success without actually being successful.
These videos are reminders of what this election is about. Do you believe you are entitled to housing, food and education? Do you think it’s fair that not every able person who uses federal programs has to pay into those systems? Do you believe that America’s revolutionary free-market capitalism is evil? Then vote for the incumbent.
But here is the counter. Do you believe that successful small-business owners were successful because of their initiative? Do you believe that hard-working Americans shouldn’t have to carry on their back those who chose not to pay attention in school or had more kids than they could handle? Do you believe in allowing America to grow, based on the trial and error of risk takers? Do you believe it is the responsibility of the church and charities to take care of those left behind? Then vote for Romney.
The choice is yours. Don’t say you never knew the difference.
Note: The context of the president’s speech mentioned in the article is as follows: “If you were successful, somebody along the way gave you some help. … Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
“The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.”