2008-09-22

Trickle-down economics, family values, bombs, guns and religion

A reply to a reply.

From my perspective, Obama doesn't get it regarding the economy either.

First of all, no matter what you call it, he supports the principle of income redistribution. He will increase taxes on the wealthy, and distribute that money to lower/no income people. That principle does nothing but lower incentive to work, rather than getting people back into work that contributes to society. I believe private/individual assistance and charity, rather than government mandated charity, is the way to keep unemployment low, and to increase incentive and drive to work.

I also get a kick out of the "tax break" Obama has for the middle class. Sure, he might begin a new tax cut of $1,000, but the Bush tax cuts will be no more, which are bigger cuts than the $1,000. It's deceiving to get people excited about the tax break for the middle class, when the overall taxes will actually be higher.

I also don't like all of the big government Obama will initiate. Government, no matter who is in power, screws things up. Why put things like health insurance in their hands? And, if people who work but don't get health insurance through their employer are going to get it through the government, who is paying that bill? And what employer in its right mind is going to offer insurance to employers, when taxpayers can pick up the tab?
Well, let's start with experts.

According to a recent survey, 66% of economists support Obama, while 28% support McCain. (There is a link to details about methodology, etc.)

Second--skipping around a bit--the non-partisan Tax Policy Center has stated that most Americans will have lower taxes under Obama (PDF).

If I'm missing other independent analysis, I'd love to know about it.

Regarding the classic "trickle-down economics: good", "big government: bad" argument, I'm not going to get into the technical--although superficially appealing--fallacies of the position.

My point: American embodies Reganomics more than any other country right? And it's supposed to be better than ineffective--dare I say evil?--systems in Europe and Japan, right?

Then why does the country with the second highest GDP/person rank 13th in quality of life?

If you look at life expectancy, poverty, insured-rate, work-vs-leisure time, we are a joke, especially given our collective wealth.

If you're rich, I can understand why you'd want to sell voodoo economics and the big government bogeyman--it's great for your off-shore accounts.

Otherwise, I think it's good to remember that most of Ayn Rand's books are in the fiction section of the library.
I, just like you Kevin, don't support McCain's family history. But Dems pounded home again and again, when it dealt with Clinton, that the private life is his business, and should be separate from the work he does. So it's hypocritical to say it's irrelevant with Clinton, but a big deal with McCain.
You nailed it. Dems, in general don't care about personal matter. It's the Republican's that scream and yell about family values.

So why was Clinton such a big deal and McCain ignorable?

This issue is full of hypocrisy, but not on the side of the Democrats. My point about caring McCain's 'family values' was mostly sarcasm--although I do think it's quite telling about his character.
I, too, don't like the Bomb, Bomb Iran comment. But I also don't like the "Cling to their guns and religion" comment Obama made about rural life. All candidates say stupid things. Obama said there were 53 states one time when he was on the campaign trail. But I will vote on issues and policies, not on this stupid, media-overblown campaign drama.
We'll take these in reverse order.

"53 states". A mis-statement. Does anyone anywhere honestly think Obama doesn't know how many states their are? Need I go through the long and growing list of McCain 'mis-statements'?

"Cling to their guns and religion". An honest and accurate assessment of how a disturbingly large percentage of American's approach public policy. Likely including the 13% of Americans who think Obama is a Muslim. When Europeans bang their heads against the wall in disbelief at American voting patterns it's because they don't understand this part of the population. Thankfully, Obama does.

"Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran". A mis-statement or disturbingly arrogant, ignorant, and reckless pandering?

Hmm...

I guess this is the guy who picked Sarah Palin.

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