Try asking President Obama about his continuing demands for the rich to pay “their fair share” and he’ll probably say something along the lines of: “Now I hear folks running around calling this class warfare. This is not class warfare, let me tell you something. Asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as a secretary, that’s just common sense. That’s common sense.”
I know this because he spouted off those exact misleading platitudes at yet another one of his fundraising events recently.
What Obama intentionally failed to mention is that Warren Buffett – whom he was referring to when he said “billionaire” – doesn’t actually make a traditional income, which is why he doesn’t pay the same tax rate as his secretary. He makes all of his money off of his investments, which is a completely separate category under the increasingly confusing set of inane intrusions and loopholes known as the U.S. tax code.
Besides taxing income derived from investments made with already taxed income is rather like sentencing somebody more than once for a single crime. It simply isn’t right.
It’s also important to point out that as President, Obama has failed to display more than a handful of situations – if that – where he actually utilized this “common sense” he talks about.
Common sense would focus on cutting government down to a more manageable size, not ramping up spending and insisting that “the rich” pay off the irresponsibly large tab.
Common sense also implies some level of maturity, which our Commander in Chief displays even less, especially when dealing with anybody who doesn’t worship the ground he walks on.
Just yesterday, he had a run-in with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer down in her state, where the Drudge Report writes:
“It was clear from the moment they greeted one another that this would not be a run-of-the-mill encounter between the president and a local official. At one point, she was pointing her finger and him and at another, they were talking at the same time, seemingly over each other. He appeared to walk away from her while they were still talking, and she confirmed that by saying she didn’t finish her sentence.”
And he allegedly had a similar encounter with Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal back during the BP oil spill, where he took issue with a standard political request for food stamps for those badly affected by the mess.
Clearly, with Obama so focused on getting what he wants at all cost, he is the last person who should be lecturing anybody about common sense.