Obama to Double Down on Marxism

Be careful with the terminology – when a Democrat says that something is “populist”, that doesn’t mean all the people. It means the “people who will vote for me”.

The New York Times says:

President Obama will use his election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday to argue that it is government’s role to promote a prosperous and equitable society, drawing a stark contrast between the parties in a time of deep economic uncertainty.

In a video preview e-mailed to millions of supporters on Saturday, as South Carolina Republicans went to the polls to help pick an alternative to him, Mr. Obama promised a populist “blueprint for an American economy that’s built to last,” with the government assisting the private sector and individuals to ensure “an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules.”

Mr. Obama has honed that message for months as he has attacked Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, contrasting it with what he has described as Republicans’ “go it alone” free-market views.

Last week at fund-raisers in New York, he told supporters that his push for a government hand had a precedent dating to the construction of canals and interstate highways, and the creation of land-grant colleges and the G.I. Bill. He said that Republicans had moved so far to the right that 2012 will be a “hugely consequential election.”

Notably, Mr. Obama will again propose changes to the tax code so the wealthy pay more, despite Republicans’ consistent opposition. Americans overwhelmingly support the idea, polls show, and the White House hopes that it gains traction with voters, given last week’s acknowledgment by the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that he pays taxes at a lower rate than many middle-class Americans because most of his income comes from investments.

With most Americans registering disapproval of the president’s economic record after three years, it is all the more imperative for Mr. Obama to define the election not as a referendum on him but as a choice between his vision and that of his eventual Republican rival.

Lets look at the core quotes in a little more detail. Obama is set to promise:

President Obama will use his election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday to argue that it is government’s role to promote a prosperous and equitable society, drawing a stark contrast between the parties in a time of deep economic uncertainty.

“…an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules.”

How is the role of government to promote an “equitable” society when government action in society guarantees inequality by virtue of favoring one group over the other…because that is the only method they can use?

Who defines “fair”? Obama? Eric Holder? Some appointed bureaucrat or czar?

I have yet to hear the moral case made for the “rich” paying “their fair share” when they already pay the lion’s share of taxes. I have only the implication that the reason is “because they have more” and that is no rationale for “fairness”.

Obama is out to sell the safety and security of a Marxist state to his base, a “from each according to his ability to each according to his need” vision of the future where an overweening government is set to reap the profits of private enterprise and redistribute to those that it favors. I say “those that it favors” because it isn’t the poor or downtrodden that are his only target – the environmental lobby, the “green” energy sector and his wealthiest corporate friends (think Jeffrey Immelt’s GE and Goldman Sachs) are all potential beneficiaries.

This guy is less a populist and far more a corporatist/crony capitalist – as Rick Perry put it – a venture socialist.

His brand of radical politics actually gives Marxism a bad name.

Obama – bad for the people, bad for America.

3 thoughts on “Obama to Double Down on Marxism

  1. Obama’s STOU speech is not really a STOU, but a campaign speech. Just as every other speech he’s made in the last three years, it’s just another crying jag about how unfair Republicans are.

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