Surprise!  It’s that time in the election process where we have the infamous October surprise.  Today an interview of Senator Obama popped up from 2001 where he discusses the ‘Redistribution of Wealth’.  Click here to see the video.

That’s right folks.  Those of you who claim that his “spread the wealth” comment to Joe the Plumber was a gaffe or he meant something else, listen very carefully.  When referring to the regulations resulting from the civil rights movement, Obama stated that “The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and more basic issues of political and economic justices in society.”  He believes that it the redistribution of wealth isn’t “that radical” and doesn’t “break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.”

I have tried and tried, but I cannot wrap my head around the theory behind the “Redistribution of Wealth”.  Maybe it’s just me, but I was raised by my parents and grandparents to have a strong work ethic.  I was taught that if I want something, it’s my responsibility to figure out how to get the skills or education I need and work hard to get it.  So if Obama gets his way and decides I make too much money, what’s my incentive to keep working hard and be a productive member of society?  If I decide I want to stay home and watch daytime soaps and not work, then he’ll just give me some of your income to make up for my lack of income.  This theory and his plan promotes apathy.  Plain and simple.

Obama says that the Constitution doesn’t say what the Federal Government “must do on your behalf”.   Our forefathers said we have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Nowhere does our Constitution say we have the “right” to happiness.  According to Senator Government, it is my obligation to provide happiness to others who don’t make as much money as I do by giving away a portion of my paycheck.

I know I’m going to catch flack for this, but, as that reporter in Florida reminded us in her interview with Biden, Karl Marx once said, “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.”  Taking my hard earned money and giving it to people who the government determines is in need of it is socialism.  Karl Marx said it and that’s exactly what Obama wants to do.  Let me be clear, I’m not comparing Obama to Karl Marx, I’m comparing Obama’s economic theory of spreading the wealth to that of Karl Marx.  If you think Obama’s theory is different from Marx’s, please explain because I’m at a loss.

Spreading the wealth does nothing but create apathy and a sense of entitlement.  Let’s take a look at recent history.  Hurricane Katrina was obviously a great tragedy and I think most people will agree that the government (federal, state, and local) did a poor job handling it so let’s not debate this point.  As you probably know, FEMA handed out $2,000 debit cards to help expedite assistance to those affected to pay for housing and other necessities, such as food and clothing.  In other words, the government gave money to those who need it.  Thousands of people received these cards and a staggering number were used at liquor stores, strip clubs, and high end department stores like Neiman Marcus, just to name a few.  Some women were buying designer clothes, purses and high heels for themselves that used up their entire $2,000 while their children stood by looking like they hadn’t showered in weeks.  A couple months ago, one of my friends told me he met a Katrina victim in Houston who was working at a local liquor store.  She was complaining that her FEMA aid was about to run out and she didn’t know what she was going to do or how she was going to pay for her housing.  After 3+ years, I think it’s reasonable to assume that she should have some sort of plan to get back on her feet and American taxpayers shouldn’t have to continue paying for her.

Now, I know what you Liberals out there are thinking… I’m racist, I’m cheap and I don’t want to help those in need.  I’m not racist.  This is the first time I’ve mentioned race and I’m preemptively defending myself.  I’m not cheap and I can give you a list of people who will vouch for that.  I do want to help people, but I only want to help those who are willing to help themselves.   It would nice to think that we could give people what they needed and they would be responsible with it, but that’s just not the reality we live in.  As Joe the Plumber pointed out a few weeks ago, even our “poor” have cell phones.  I have no problem helping out those who need it, but I have a major problem giving handouts to people sitting on their couch, watching TV and living off welfare checks.  We all hit bumps in the road and occasionally need a helping hand to pick ourselves up, but I see too many people lined up with their hands out.

Someone please explain to me why I should continue working 80 – 90 hours a week and give you a chunk of my paycheck.  If Obama is elected, apathy is the change we can believe in.

Disclaimer: Some of the words that pop up on the You Tube video are a little misleading.  Ignore the video and just listen to the audio.

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