Those who work hard and play by the rules

To my ear, the most grating cliche of the Obama era is when he professes his love “those who work hard and play by the rules.” The core element of Obama’s philosophy is to screw those people over, good and hard, every chance he gets. What he really sees them as is chumps.

This is not new to Obama, of course. Every form of collectivism and redistribution is premised on punishing the law-abiding. It’s baked right into the cake. Before socialists can be generous to their preferred constituents, they have to take the resources away from their proper owners. The people punished by redistribution schemes have committed no crime, but they are fined anyway. In fact, they tend to be among the most productive members of society, but they are given absolutely zero credit for the immense social assets they provide through their free choices.

I don’t just mean charitable donations, although Big Government stooges don’t think very highly of those, either. Remember how much contempt was showered on super-wealthy Mitt Romney, even though he donated staggering sums to charitable endeavors, both in absolute dollars and as a percentage of his hearty income? Not only that, but Romney actually put his shoulder to the wheel and personally involved himself in charitable endeavors, ranging from his effort to rescue the kidnapped daughter of an associate, to basically re-enacting the end of “A Christmas Carol” by showing up at Tiny Tim’s house with a turkey. None of that mattered the tiniest bit to the Left, which sneered in derision at the notion that Romney’s generous donations of time and money were admirable. All that mattered to them is that he made too much money, and didn’t give enough of it to the redistributive State. They even tried floating scurrilous rumors that he had cheated on his taxes for years, without the slightest shred of evidence, as part of their effort to pressure him into releasing his complete (and massive) tax returns so they could go shopping for something to embarrass him with. This enthusiasm for exposing the confidential tax information of politicians came to an abrupt end when well-heeled Democrats were asked for their returns in the 2014 midterms..

Leaving charity aside, the Left is absurdly unwilling to give Those Who Work Hard and Play By the Rules credit for the good …read more    

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