- - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama, we have endured your unfledged theories on how to be more popular around the world.

We have survived your whimsical approaches to economic recovery. Save. No, spend! Borrow more!

And your earnest dabbles as physician, public-health expert and hospital administrator have left us bewildered and broke for decades to come.

All this we suffer because, after all, we did elect you president. You beat the other guy.

But on behalf of America and her highest ideals, we make one request as you embark on your latest crusade to raise taxes.

Please, please, please, we beg you, just spare us your hollow sermonizing about how the rich such as yourself need to pay higher taxes.

Rarely do you miss an opportunity to remind us that you are among the “fortunate” wealthy who have a responsibility to give up more of what they have earned so that they can pay for all of the theft and recklessness going on in Washington, including your own cockeyed new schemes.

It is not that you don’t have a right to brag about your wealth. God bless you, it is the American way. We are truly thrilled that you are now wealthy.

The problem is how you wield this information.

In your attempt to guilt the wealthy and divide the rich from the less rich, you assault our highest principles.

In the first place, wealthy people already pay the lion’s share of taxes. Telling them they are not paying their fair share desecrates the enormous sacrifices they make.

What is most insulting about this shakedown is that you talk about your wealth as if you earned it the way most wealthy people in America do. And we’re not talking about Hollywood miscreants or the obscene tycoons who pillaged our treasury — with your permission — as soon as the economy tanked.

We’re talking about the inventors, the small-business owners, the great savers all across America.

These are people who worked their hearts out their entire lives. They’re dreamers who dumped their fortunes into something they believed in. They took risks — with their own money — and refused to fail.

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