To all the recent letter writers complaining about the criticism of Barack Obama’s comments on “spreading the wealth:” You are not facing reality.
It is a straw man argument that seems to know the personal beliefs of those who are opposed to this kind of thinking: that we do not believe in taxes, we are not compassionate, we are rich, we approve of the recent bailout or we do not personally support the underprivileged.
Socialism is an economic system, but it is also a belief that we should have a society where power and wealth are distributed evenly by the government. Socialist governments require taxes even more onerous than we have.
I want to be able to give to charities that I deem worthy of my hard-earned dollars. I do not want the government deciding at what income level I have earned too much.
If you are interested in a candidate’s compassion, you might compare the charitable giving records of Obama and Joe Biden with those of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Forget the amounts; just look at the percentages.
When Obama speaks of spreading the wealth, he evidently did not mean his wealth, only yours.