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Obama played ‘class envy’ card

Published: Tue, November 13, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Obama played ‘class envy’ card

Based on the recent com- ments by President Obama about taxing the “rich,” what does it mean for the “wealthy to pay a little more?” Common wisdom, at least according to the media, is that the wealthy don’t pay enough, and the way we can lessen the deficit is by having them pay a “little more.” Seems fair, right?

The entire story about the wealthy needing to “pay their fair share” is simply about envy. That is a large part of why Obama won re-election: “Class Envy.”

Walter E. Williams of Townhall.com writes that, “According to IRS 2007 data, the richest 1 percent of Americans earned 22 percent of national personal income but paid 40 percent of all personal income taxes. The top 5 percent earned 37 percent and paid 61 percent of personal income tax. The top 10 percent earned 48 percent and paid 71 percent of all personal income taxes. The bottom 50 percent earned 12 percent of personal income but paid just 3 percent of income tax revenues.”

And the worst part is, it won’t work. If the top 1 percent had nearly 90 percent of their money taken from them, they would not invest in anything. And seeing that many small businesses fall under higher tax brackets, these increased taxes would stifle growth in almost every aspect of the job market — aside from government jobs, which I’m sure will be booming under the Obama administration.

What this means is that envy trumps progress. Obama has fostered class envy in the face of actual financial progress. He used envy in order to get elected, at the expense of our country. Whether that is ideological or malicious, we may never know.

Our forefathers came to this country because of the possibility where anyone who worked hard could become rich. How sad for America to now have class envy as an American value.

Cathy Lukasko, Brookfield


1charms(228 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Not only did Obama pay the class envy card, he played the race card. If you voted against him, you were racist.

A recent editorial noted that most people are prejudiced, even though they may not even realize it. C'm on! This is ridiculous!

I would have voted for a good black man for president, if one had run.

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2SeriouslyNow(192 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The campaign is over!
And the tax code has been "progressive" for the last 100 years. The wealthy have always had a higher tax rate - and always will.
So let's all stop carping about who got elected and move the country forward!

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3Bill1776(20 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I don’t mind letting the rich Democrats pay more they are about 75% of the richest people in the country.
Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison Democrats together are worth 126 billion dollars
John Kerry with his rich wife over one billion dollar. They are richer than Romney and his wife.
Out of ten richest in the House of Representatives and the Senate only three are Republicans.
I don’t mind letting John Kerry and his rich wife (D) over a billion dollars, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) $112.13 million, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
$112.13 million, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)$80.45 million, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) .$72.37 million, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) $42.94 million pay more, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) $12.53 million, Sen. Harry Reid $6 million and Obama 11.8 million pay more.

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4Woody(451 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago


I guess you are calling JFK a butthead?


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5cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

BLAH - because of "freedom of speech" - something LIBS don't like

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6cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Seriouslynow - too bad you don't understand the tax code. It has ALWAYS been progressive - read the STATS on how much the rich ALREADY PAY.

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7cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Blah - tell more how many middle class/poor people have hired you in the past? Businesses will NOT hire due to Obamacare. LIBS are boycotting restaurants because restaurants must reduce their employee hours due to Obamacare. So, LIBS cut off their nose to spite their face. How many of these employees are single mothers (who believed in FREE contraceptives) who will NOW have NO insurance.

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8commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

blah, here you go again---blah blah blah and nothing to say.
Should the government supply these contraceptives or should the PEOPLE be responsible and buy them if they don't want kids?
As far as papa johns, if those kids don't want those jobs I'm sure there are others waiting to get them.
Why is it wrong for a company to make a profit OR do you want the government to determine HOW MUCH profit they should make? It's called FREE enterprise.

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9cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The Vindicator EDITED my "Letter" - seems they want to use "past" vs "present" which seems to "favor Obama":

for your information:

My TITLE was changed by the Vindicator. This artilcle was titled "NEW AMERICAN VALUE - CLASS ENVY".

Also, the Vindicator "deleted" my last paragraph which stated:

This is my favorite quote which covers the Obama philosophy.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
- Winston Churchill

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10300(554 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

How I love to see conservatives like this whine and moan!

Accept the truth, all the rhetoric and fake scandals in the world couldn't get the majority of people to buy into your lies. All the simple-minded rhetoric about tax codes, job-creators, and muslim atheists; and all they could come up with are a bunch of angry and confused 80 year olds....and a psychotic 28 year old in Arizona!

Hahahahaha. This really is a great time to be alive.

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11olddude(201 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The Tea Party will Endure And
+Will honor the Constitution
+ Insist on Govt fiscal responsibility
+ Require Responsibility and Accountability of its citizens
+States Rights
+Freedom of Speech
+ Freedom of Religion
+The Right to Bear Arms

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12rickking123(292 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Blah seems to forget that that same mandate that Obama allegedly was given also applies to the House of Representatives. I guess there was a mandate by the voters that the Republicans were to maintain control of the House.

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13GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

It's a shame the Vindy just edited your letter. They should have put it in the "circular file" with the other garbage.

The election is over. You and your tea bagging cronies lost. America has spoken. Get over it or move to one of those laughable states that want to "secede". Good riddance to bad rubbage.

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14HappyBob(285 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"Don't try to have a meaningful discussion with drunks or crazy people......"

So I'll refrain from commenting on the original letter.

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15newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Obama billionaire's money spent 400 million dollars in character assassination of Mitt Romney.

Had I been running against this anti-american socialist that was promoted in the Chicago political sewer system.

I would have spent millions calling him a racist: Remember Trayvon Martin- Obama fired up the Blacks, "{Trayvon looks like someone that could be my son"

Obama believes in Black Liberation Theology, even blacks don't know what it means--I'll give you the short version"hate whitey:

As a Child Obama was raised in the Islamic faith in Jakarta, Indoesnia.

Listen, I could write a book about his Marxist, Communist agenda, like many of us could, but if your not going to fight Fire with Fire--then you will lose, McCain refused and Romney was too much of a gentlemen to demean Obama

'You do not improve the brotherhood of man by inciting Class hatred', Romney would not play that game while Obama soaked himself in Class hatred,

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16doubled(210 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

This lady says ".....Our forefathers came to this country because of the possibility where anyone who worked hard could become rich. How sad for America to now have class envy as an American value."

She's partially correct. She left out the part about them FIRST creating rules so that the playing field was level. That's sort of important. And that was exactly the point of this election. The rules of the game have been rigged for the past 40 years by the starting players. And they sold it to this lady and the rest of the teapublican party as trickle down economics, and leave the job creators alone so they can earn their profits. Well, we've been doing that -- and over the last five years American corporations have raked in record profits under our tax code. The only thing the job creators forgot to do with those record profits was to actually create any jobs. Time for plan B. When a compnay outsorces jobs, they pay higher taxes. When they create new jobs, they can get a break. When they earn millions upon millions in profit from their factories in Mexico and China and then sell their stuff here, they pay higher tax. It's not about envy, it's economics. The field must be level, or else only the crooked can win.

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17rickking123(292 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago


at least she signs her name and not hide under some shall we say "blah" alias. by the way did obamacare grant you a medical degree to make the obsessive compulsive diagnosis?

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18ConservativeDude(36 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I am so glad the voters sent a mandate for the Congress or we all would just bend over and let government have it's way with us. We all need to be thankful the Congress still has a Republican majority or it is over.

Why do you think Ms.Pelosi is checking her diaper to see how things are going. She is a cancer in the Congress. I hope she goes back home.

My guess is if she retires they can appoint her naferious daughter to fill her seat.

We conservatives will bide our time and watch Obama turn his supporters against him, provided he does not go to jail.

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19DwightK(1255 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The rich sent the good paying middle class jobs to Mexico and China. If that isn't class warfare, I don't know what is.

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20newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Dwight: Clinton sent the jobs to Mexico, do you have memory loss? Your still picking cotton on the Democrat plantation.

The Republican House of Representative is the only group that can mininize Obama's attack on America, itself.

We have a spending problem, that must be fixed, First

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21300(554 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Hahahahahahaha!! Brightens my day to see these conservatives. How their world just imploded when they realized that most Americans won't buy what they're selling.

As for the House, good thing the GOP was able to gerrymander like they did. If not, they would've lost that as well, remember there were more Democratic votes in the House election than there were GOP. Remove artificially created House districts, start playing a fair game, and the GOP is removed to permanent minority status.

What a great day!

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22cambridge(3009 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The teabagger/republicans did as much to reelect Obama as any group or donor in the country, thanks for that. Since they are defective, irrelevant and no longer needed they should just go live in those red states they love so much.

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23DwightK(1255 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Newsmaker, Clinton was president of the U.S., not companies like Delphi, Whirlpool, and a thousand others who took advantage of NAFTA. Yeah, outsourcing was legal but it brought wage growth to a screeching halt. That decision was made by the rich CEO's on behalf of their wealthy investors. That's true class warfare.

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24newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Dwight--Clinton signed NAFTA into law and said it was the Hallmark of his 8 years in office--Clinton's no dummie, it halted wage increases in this country and it also moved 500,000 union jobs to Mexico

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25AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Call it the Envey card. Race card. Class warfare card. call it whay you want repubs. But in the end, CALL IT THE WINNING CARD.

The day before the election Rush Limbaugh said Willard will win by a THRASHING, a Landslide, romney will get 300 or more electoral votes.
When PRESIDENT OBAMA recorded over 320 electoral votes, Rush said the repubs barely lost the election. I guess more then romney is a flip/flop in the repub party.

TEXAS, if you leave the country, Take W with you.

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26jeepers(127 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

It is obvious the left believes "they" are always right/correct. Now we will see. You now have 8 yrs, and will you still be blaming others for YOUR failed assbackward thinking? LETS SEE I AM BROKE- I WILL NOW GIVE AWAY trillions more in money that does not exist. How does that work? The it hasnt begun to hit the fan yet. I sure hope bama sticks around when we are fighti8ng each other for food in a short time. Think it cant happen? The panic is just starting-Hostess-18,000 jobs today. And when the little companys get the bill for bama care-FREE health care for the masses-illegal aliens come on in we will cover you with health insurance. How many little companys will choose to keep working to pay these fines/taxes. If you think it wont happen-keep drinking your Kool-aid. Line up at the trough and suck it dry-

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27IslandMike(752 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Only 63 shopping days left until Obama's 2nd Inauguration!!

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