10/21/11

Obama is wrong to engage in class warfare


Reasons to agree:
  1. People should be free to get rich if they truly work harder.
  2. People should be free to rich if they truly are smarter.
  3. People should be free to get rich if they have marketable skills. 
  4. The only way to fix the problem of the rich having too much money is for the government to take it from them. However, it is wrong for the government to take money from one citizen for the sole purpose of giving it to another citizen. This is robbery. 
  5. Joel Kotkin. "Obama's off-target class war." Politico. October 12th, 2011: "For many conservatives, the notion of class warfare that President Barack Obama now evokes is both un-American and noxious — a crass attempt to cash in on envy among the masses. Yet the problem is not in class warfare itself — but in being clear what class you are targeting. In this sense, Obama’s populism is little more than a faux version. He is not really going after the privileges of the super-rich — that would involve actions like removing the advantages of capital gains over earned income or limiting dodges to nonprofit foundations or family trusts. Rather than a war against plutocrats, Obama’s thrust is against the upper end of the middle class, whose income is most vulnerable to higher taxes."
Reasons to disagree:
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Probable interest of those who agree:
  1. Anti black racism
  2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
  3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
Probable interest of those who disagree:
  1. Pro black racial preference
  2. Your a Democrat. He is on the same team, against the enemy

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