- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2008


The Sunday Commentary column by Jeffrey Kuhner, “The post-national candidate,” is on track about the dangers of Sen. Barack Obama and his globalist and economic visions, but does not go far enough.

Mr. Obama’s ideas on economics are frightening. He wants to raise the minimum wage on restaurant workers to $10 an hour, which would create massive unemployment for those with little or no job skills. He said he would only raise taxes on those making more than $250,000, many of whom are small-business owners who create jobs. That was a lie, which was pointed out by Charles Gibson in a debate between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. Obama. Did Mr. Obama conveniently forget that he plans to raise the Social Security tax beyond the current limit of $102,000? Or is he too naive to understand that Social Security is a payroll tax?

Mr. Obama wants to raise the cost of capital by increasing the capital gains tax. When Mr. Gibson pointed out that studies have shown raising those taxes is a net revenue loser, Mr. Obama argued that we must do it in the name of fairness. So let’s see — Mr. Obama wants to tax people just to punish them. Finally, he wants to impose more burdensome regulations on business, which is a jobs killer our country can ill afford.

Mr. Obama has demonstrated that he has little understanding of economics. What makes that even worse is that he veils his ideas in the concept of togetherness and “let’s all get along” rhetoric. With his great charisma, attractiveness and rhetorical skills and a Democratic House and conceivably 60 Democratic senators (which would make the Senate filibuster-proof) he could get all his bad ideas passed and made into law.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who served between 1916 and 1939, made a great statement that describes the dangers posed by Mr. Obama. The famous quote is, “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect our liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasions of their liberties by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”



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