Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Redistibution of Wealth

It's the war-cry of the McCain/Palin campaign these days - that Barack Obama wants to "redistribute the wealth." When horribly guilty of something, the best propaganda is to attack your opponent as more guilty than yourself.

I think Barack has gotten the message across pretty well, but here it is:

1. Take back the George Bush tax cuts to the most wealthy.
2. Lower taxes for 90% of working Americans.
3. Those making between $225-$250K, no tax change.
4. Don't currently pay taxes? No more, no less, to you.

The worst part of the lie is that McCain wants to spend as much or more than Barack. McCain wants to give billions in tax breaks to profitable corporations and continue to borrow money from the House of Saud, the Chinese, and other nations to pay the current bills. He is willing to continue to bankroll the present on the backs of the future. Of course he doesn't mention that.

The folks McCain is talking to (and that advise him, apparently) have read Ayn Rand too much and thought about it too little. Kind of like me thinking a commune was a wonderful idea when 16, but realizing I had a world to live in, and work in, if I wanted to achieve some of what I desired.

In "Atlas Shrugged" (which is a great read but man can that woman write a long speech that says the same thing over and over) Ayn Rand writes of a utopia hidden in the Rocky Mountains, built entirely by the industrialists that ran away from a government unlike any ever seen, taking their profits with them. Nothing wrong with that, but it only works if you're a major mogul industrialist of great success.

These days the wealth is being redistributed to the corporations that planned poorly. They made huge profits for decades and paid them out to their cronies. They made bad loans and the American public is now bailing them out. Yes, there is plenty of blame on both sides of the aisle but the blatant ignoring of any responsibility on the part of our government officials is something I wish Obama would strike back with.

Current counts have it at somewhere around $1.5 trillion already promised or spent in bailouts. $700 billion before the bailout, the $700 billion bailout, and another $25B for our car companies. Word on the street is that the insurance companies will have their hands out next, followed by Visa (who just recently went public to get out while they could) and other credit card companies. The credit card companies currently carry about $1 trillion in debt for us foolish consumers.

The war in Iraq, by the way, is expected to cost some $3 trillion in total, including vet care over the next 50 years or so. I will support to my last breath the care of our returned vets. They aren't heroes, they aren't better than anyone, but they served and we should serve them in return.

Vote your hearts, people, not your pocketbooks or wallets. Learn to live below your means. Save money. Reduce your standard of living and save before your standard of living is reduced whether you want it to be or not.

At my earning peak I paid somewhere around $100K in taxes per year, probably more, don't really want to look it up. Yeah, sure would like to have that now, but also realize that I feel safe because we do have a strong (if tired) military, a good fire department, decent roads, schools, cops, the FDA, the EPA, HUD, and other worthy, community serving organizations that the people chose to place in charge of needed things. Without America I wouldn't have had the opportunity to make that money in the first place.

The question of the day is: Can we become a post-consumerism society and still be happy? What are our other options?


Blogger Lily said...

Republicans are now calling Barack Obama a Socialist (aka desperate, fear-inspiring propaganda label of the week).

Last night, one of Stephen Colbert's guests was 2008 Socialist Party presidential candidate Brian Moore.

Stephen asked Brian Moore if Barack Obama is a socialist, and Brian Moore, of course, said 'No'. Doesn't it take one to know one?

Just a couple more days until Nov. 4th.

Obama/Biden '08!!!! :-)

Lily C.

10/29/2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger Jessican said...

I just found your blog and I am really loving it.

As a Christian Democrat myself without many friends that agree with me, it is quite refreshing to hear your voice of reason.

10/30/2008 6:30 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Thanks, both -

Jessican - If you volunteer around a bit you may find that there are many Christians that also call themselves Democrats. More every day, in fact.

Too many think that Christians have to be Republicans. Ain't so. Maybe even wrong to be so, but that's a matter of each person's personal understanding of their faith, God, and Christ.

Do we read Leviticus, or the words in red? Christ changed everything. I would rather show agape love to my neighbor than stone him to death for eating shellfish.

11/01/2008 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop cally yourselves "Christians" or repent and vote republican.

11/01/2008 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I searched for this web site, looking for some answers. Recently, my sister-in-law, who is the person my husband and I asked to raise our girls in the event of our death and is EXTREMLY pro-life (against abortion even if the life of the mother is at stake), decided that she is voting for Obama.

This was very confusing to my husband and I, both Christians and both Republicans. When we asked her to explain her choice, she refused to give an adequate response.

I googled "christian" and "democrat" to see if I could figure out her logic before we decide to change our will. I am impressed by your thoughtfulness and reason.

I disagree with you, but ultimately, it is more important that Christians STOP the rancor that plagues both parties. We are all going to be living together in eternity.

11/01/2008 4:02 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

anonymous -

You are correct to say that we need to stop the rancor that divides this nation into red or blue. Most politicians won't stop it, nor will the media pundits. In both cases, by dividing us, they get our attention, our decision in votes, and our advertising scores.

It's up to us. Each of us really needs to find people that are committed to the other party and learn to speak to them about the issues that are important to us. Further, we need to find the common ground that works for both of us.

I have two Republican friends that I can speak with about these things. We go to the same church and have been on mission together. Those bonds are greater than politics, Thank God!

Many others simply can't tolerate my viewpoint and I can't hear them shout any more. I get loud in those cases, too. We all lose in those cases.

Obama is a game changer on the political scene. I voted Reagan twice because he spoke of greatness for America and all Americans. I voted Clinton twice because he expressed hope better than I'd heard since Reagan. The elections since have been disappointing on the Democratic party candidates, they didn't connect, they lacked communication skills. Barack Obama speaks of hope again, good things done for all Americans and lately, of personal responsibility in the tough times ahead. I want to believe that possible. I think it is.

A really good book that you may want to read (I've been recommending it often lately) is Jim Wallis' "God's Politics - What the Right Gets Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get." With it, Jim Wallis got sojo.net going and Christianity is no longer the domain of the GOP alone.

Your faith may lead you to vote Republican. So be it. Others of the same faith may have a slightly different understanding and be as strongly committed to voting the Democratic party.

May His peace be with us all!

Thank you, kindly, for your kind words and polite disagreement. It's rare to read it so well written and greatly appreciated.

11/01/2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

and to "anonymous" a couple of comments up, deriding us to stop "calling ourselves Christians" I'll ask you kindly to go away. You are the very sort of Christian, and I don't doubt your belief in your salvation, that caused me to write this blog.

Fundamentalist Christians, which is how I define you, speak so proudly that they chase non-believers away. Think of Jerry Falwell and the like. They speak of love in hateful ways. That ain't the Christ inspired action that turns heads, and minds, to Him.

I ask you to leave this forum because it seems you have no open-mindedness, no willingness to listen or consider other possibilities than that which you already hold dear. I don't want to argue with you as I see it a waste of time. If I am wrong and you are actually open to new thinking, let me know, please.

11/01/2008 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Don Pratt said...

About McCain, you state: "He is willing to continue to bankroll the present on the backs of the future."

I have to agree with that statement about McCain. However, Obama is doing the exact same thing now that he's been elected, only on a scale that boggles the mind.

Can you address that?

4/12/2009 9:30 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

It is breath-taking the numbers that are being discussed, and those numbers are real dollars out of our collective pockets present and future. It remains to be seen if it will be successful.

Obama may be the best president for the worst of times. He inherited an economic disaster and is dealing with it as an opportunity. He campaigned on change of our energy policies, our healthcare, and reform education to which was added the need for economic reforms as well - those, apparently, of most urgent nature.

The solution is to change all of it, take the big gulp and say "Yes, getting off foreign oil, building a new energy infrastructure and supply, reforming healthcare and education, yes, that will not only serve the purpose of change, it will not only revive the economy, but it will also alter the economy such that we avoid the problems in the future.

Which is good, because we'll still be paying for it then.

If we don't fix it, the future will have greater problems than paying off the debt incurred to solve it.

4/15/2009 12:09 PM  

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