It is usually my custom to steer clear of taking shots at any particular presidential candidate’s spouse. As a general rule they don’t choose their husband’s career (Hillary Clinton is an obvious exception) so I usually don’t pay much attention to them. This custom gets thrown to the wind when the First Lady In Waiting takes it upon herself the campaign mantle – as has Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama – a fairly recent convert to the ranks of proud Americans – has had her share of memorable sound bytes lately. First in my mind was her declaration that:

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

Never mind whether or not you want to engage. This isn’t about what you want. This is about what Barack wants. But I digress.

Then, of course, came her admonishment to a group of Ohio women to “steer clear of Corporate America”. Never mind the fact that Corporate America creates jobs and funds all the social programs dear to Mrs. Obama’s heart. Corporate America is full of greedy capitalists whose main goal is filthy lucre. Again, I digress.

Today, however, Michelle Obama truly out did herself. She’s figured out that John Q. Public doesn’t really want all that much. Declared Michelle:

Most Americans don’t want much. They don’t want the whole pie. There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach. The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.

I’m one of these Americans who sacrificed to get a good education, took out the student loans that Mrs. Obama complained about. Yes, I will be repaying those graduate school loans for a few decades to come. No, I don’t regret the investment I made in myself. Why? Because I’ve gotten a pretty good return on that investment so far.

Yes, Mrs. Obama, maybe I do want the whole pie. I have a lofty goal for my financial future – to have an account with money I simply don’t know what to do with. Unlike you and your husband, I didn’t have a sugar daddy to finance the purchase of my home. Neither have I (yet) written books that sold enough to pay off my student loans. I had to use money I made the old fashioned way – earning it.

I don’t mind – in fact I encourage – charitable giving to help those who are less fortunate. What I do have a problem with is politicians, and their spouses, who fly around on private jets, are driven around in stretch limousines, and live in million dollar homes telling me I need to give up some of my pie so others can have it.

People like Barack and Michelle Obama would use government to further redistribute my wealth to other people they deem more deserving of my money than me. This may seem noble on the surface, but remember that government gets very upset when you take issue with the way it collects your money. The Obamas would forcibly take your pie and penalize you if you didn’t give it to them.

Perhaps you think me a bit extreme in my metaphor? Try not paying your taxes next week. Let me know how that works out for you.

So, Mrs. Obama, with all due respect (however much or little that may be) – keep your hands of my pie.

Here endeth the lesson.

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