One of the most difficult problems conservatives face when running for office is the susceptibility of the poor to the deceitful promises of snake-oil salesmen disguised as benevolent, liberal politicians. It is always easier to convince people who are suffering that they are victims than to offer them hope through hard work, personal responsibility, and positive choices. Mitt Romney is already learning this lesson. With the help of leftwing journalists, liberals have turned pandering to the poor for political profit into a campaign strategy, and no one uses this nefarious strategy with less regard for the truth than Barack Obama. The message to the poor that President Obama repeats continually is this: Your poverty is the fault of heartless rich people who should atone for their sins by giving you a “fair share” of their wealth.
Of course, in order for pandering to be an effective political strategy, the poor must remain poor, and there must be an ever-increasing number of people living in poverty. Since this is the case, does anyone really believe that liberals want to help the poor work their way out of poverty and build better lives for themselves? Not a chance. Nothing scares a liberal more than a poor person who refuses to view himself as a victim and is determined to unshackle himself from entitlements, take the initiative, and build a better life without the “help” of a nanny government.
President Obama’s principal tool for spreading his “fair share” gospel is what has come to be known as the Buffett Rule. In its Morning Bell of April 11th, The Heritage Foundation had this to say about Obama’s pandering using the Buffett Rule: “The core of his argument is that rich people aren’t paying their fair share. It makes for great populist rhetoric, especially when families are hurting and angry under today’s high unemployment, but the result is terrible policy. Worse, it’s a distraction from the big issues facing the nation, like the deficit, the economy, jobs, gas prices, health care, and on and on, none of which are addressed by the President’s proposals, and none of which he wants to talk about.”
Here is something else the President does not want to talk about: the Buffett Rule is a scam. According to The Heritage Foundation, the Buffett Rule would raise a paltry $47 billion over a ten year period, an amount that would not make even a small dent in the deficit. President Obama’s budget proposals add at least $6.7 trillion to the national debt over the same period. Do the math. In layman’s terms, the Buffett Rule would raise only half a cent to offset each dollar the President proposes to spend. Would you accept half of a penny in exchange for a dollar? Would your bank?
In truth, the best way the President can help the poor is by doing what is necessary to create jobs, and what is necessary to create jobs is less taxation, not more. Combine tax cuts with a reduction in unnecessary federal regulations and the poor that liberals claim to be concerned about will have opportunities to escape poverty the old-fashioned way: through hard work and personal initiative. President Obama needs to heed that old Ben Franklin adage: “The more you do for a man the less he will do for himself.”
I will give The Heritage Foundation the final word on Obama’s deceitful practice of pandering to the poor for political profit: “…his (Obama’s) goal is to concoct a distraction from his failed leadership. Under his watch, the U.S. Senate has failed to pass a budget for the last 1,078 days, the House unanimously rejected Obama’s latest budget, and meanwhile the national debt is closing in on $16 trillion…Instead of offering solutions, the President is offering class warfare branded as the Buffett Rule.”