If you don’t support Obama’s not-so-stealth wealth redistribution plan, you’re making a, “virtue out of selfishness.”
Obama in Sarasota dismissed the attacks on his tax plans that would raise taxes on families earning more than $250,000 a year, saying tax relief should be targeted to the middle class.
“John McCain and Sarah Palin, they call this socialistic. I don’t know when they decided that they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness,” Obama said. “You know, the next thing they’re going to do is find evidence of my communistic tendencies because I shared my toys when I was in kindergarten. Because I split my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my friend in sixth grade.”
Just another example of Obama’s Do as I say, not as I do approach to life, liberty, and the pursuit of power happiness. Lest we forget, Barack Obama and Joe Biden do not like to spread their own wealth around…
Looking at Obama’s charitable giving in since 2000 based on his tax returns, we find that Obama consistently refused to follow his own advice to “spread the wealth” when he had the opportunity to do so. This is especially true in years when he made nearly $250,000 or more… from 2000-2004, Obama’s charitable giving was less than 1 percent.
But after his book deal, and figuring out that people might start to notice, he increased charitable giving to an utterly-selfless 6.1%. More on Joe…
Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, was even stingier about spreading his wealth. When his tax records were released in September, they revealed that over the past decade he had only donated an average of $369 each year. In 2007, his charitable giving was only $995, or 0.3 percent of income in a year when his tax returns reported $319,853 in income.
By comparison, John McCain gave more than one-quarter of his income in 2006 and 2007 (28.6 and 27.3 percent respectively). And according to the New York Observer, since 1998, he has donated royalties on his books totaling more than $1.8 million.
Yeah, there are a few differences there, y’think? Never mind that those of us that tend to cling to our religion and our guns give more generously to charities than your average blue-stater.
Video added of the Sarasota stump speech (yes, it’s been embellished graphically at the end; not my doing, you can find the full one on Obama’s YouTube channel):
Need to give proper credit to Ed@HotAir and Slublog@Ace since their posts were made far sooner than mine. I was just keying off of the TampaBay.com report and what I recalled from the 20/20 report. Bizzyblog and Patterico’s reference to this showed up in my searches, as well. Props to them and thank you all!
As Ed@HotAir so succinctly points out:
This reveals the basic underlying philosophy of the Left – that one cannot possibly be charitable unless they use the government to redirect their funds.