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January 24, 2014

Obama's battle plan against inequality: Hold back the successful

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The president will repeatedly hold forth about how everybody needs to “play by the same rules,” all while carving out waivers in the rules of Obamacare for his favored constituencies.

Indeed, if there is any “success” in this war, I suspect it will be when everybody becomes poorer.

The president builds these campaigns on resentment of success, not an aspiration to succeed, and the implication that if you are poor it is because somebody else is rich.

It used to be a joke that the poor American would look at a rich person driving by in a luxury car and declare, “Someday, I’m going to drive a car like that,” while a poor European would look at the same thing and declare, “Someday, we’re going to take that car away from him.”

It’s no longer a joke. Obama and his followers want us to adopt the European model – take more from the rich and give it to the poor – with administrative fees drained off to pay government employees for the hard work of all this redistribution.

But there are problems. One is that the rich, as demonic as they are in the president’s stated view (he doesn’t really believe it, or he would divest himself of his own increasing wealth), don’t have enough money to magically make everybody else middle-class.

A bigger problem is that inequality is part of the human condition. Author Kurt Vonnegut sought way back in 1961 - just three years before Johnson declared war on poverty - to expose the absurdity of mandating equality with his short story “Harrison Bergeron.” In a dystopian society, the Handicapper General’s team of agents ensures that nobody is smarter, better looking, stronger or faster than anyone else. To that, the Obama crowd would add “richer.”

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