Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shrug's Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election - The Fairness Voter

I suppose this entry could also be entitled The Class Warfare Voter.  Agree with me or not, you can't argue the truth of the following points from the year 1916 by the Rev. William Boetcker:

  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying mens’ initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they should do for themselves.
This election more than any I can personally recall had been riddled with the stench of class warfare.  What's sadder is that there are so many Americans who are gullible enough to fall for it.  The Obama campaign (with the mainstream media's complicity) has waged a deliberate crusade to divide the country into common people and elites.  I find it interesting how President Obama considers himself a man of the common people when the commoners he hangs with are people like Jay Z and Beyonce, David Letterman, or the ladies of The View, but I digress.  Obama attended the most exclusive and expensive private school in Hawaii; the most expensive state to live in the union.  His college pedigree includes Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard Law.  Romney isn't from an impoverished background either, but at least he isn't faking it now. Clearly, both men enjoyed a privileged upbringing.  Personally, I prefer to consider their accomplishments and contributions as grown men and citizens over any genetic lottery winnings that might have influenced their formative years.
Romney has built real businesses, created real capital, and actually stimulated the economy.  He signed his checks on the front.  As a "community organizer", Obama spent taxpayer money on urban projects in some of the poorest communities of Chicago (while living in one of the most exclusive communities).  He signed his checks on the back.

Did Bain Capital close some businesses?  Of course.  Businesses are in business to make money, period.  A dieing company is a drain on all the ancillary businesses it supplies and buys from.  If it can't meet production obligations to its customers, those customers and their employees suffer.  If it can't meet it's supplier payment obligations, those suppliers and their employees suffer.  It's an economic ripple effect that the short sighted, the narrow minded, and those with a subjective agenda people simply refuse to comprehend.  Before you attempt to tie Romney to the exporting of jobs, consider Jeffrey Immelt and do your own research.

Last year, Romney gave $4 million to charity; 29% of his substantial income.  We know his church demands a minimum 10% tithe by doctrine.  I have no idea where the other 19% went and it's really none of my business.  I suspect that wherever it went, it was better used than it would have been had he sent it to the government instead. Among other charities, Obama gave $54k to Reverend Wright's racially intolerant Black Liberation Theology church.  When I consider the messages routinely taught by both churches, I'm convinced America was better served by Romney's giving.

So much of the class warfare debate surrounds taxes.  The solution is simple:  Flat tax.  There is no fairer way to collect taxes than though a flat rate with very limited deductions that are equally applicable to all taxpayers. Just as with the voter identification debate, anyone not for a flat tax system has a hidden agenda.

Defining "fair" is difficult at best.  To me, "fair" means a standard - equally applied across the board.  Politicians have a difficult time with the equal application part of that equation.  Labor union support is a prime example.  President Obama's health care initiative was forced down all Americans' throats, except for the major unions.  Apparently, their members get the same preferential treatment members of Congress get, which excludes them from the health care mandate.  Fairness exemplified.  Interestingly enough, there is nothing fair about labor unions, which beckons the question: if labor unions are so great, why not make participation in them voluntary?  Again I digress.

So just what do liberals consider to be fair?

Fair is me and millions of others in the the 53% working fifty to sixty hours per week to have a significant portion of our earnings conscripted and given to a substantial and capable portion of the non tax paying 47% who refuse to earn an income for themselves.

Fair is the fact that I, like many others, am forced to take a drug test to earn money that will be looted from me by the government and given to people who have no obligation to take a drug test in order to maintain their eligibility to receive it.

Fair is the fact that myself and many others have an obligation to support the children of poor parents, while those parents are under no obligation to stop producing children until they can afford them.

Fair is a man wearing a baseball cap with a cross on it being forced to remove the hat to pass through a TSA screening point while a man wearing a turban passes straight through that same screening point without interruption.

Fair is the obligation placed upon tax paying Americans to support the offspring of illegal immigrants while border state governments are forbidden by Federal law to deal with the illegal immigration that is at the root of the problem.

Fair is the government schools in New York having the right to dispense the morning after pill to your fourteen year old daughter, but you as the parent not having the right to send that same daughter to school with aspirin or Midol.

Fair is the intolerance Christianity suffers at the hand of Muslim extremists around the world.  No need to elaborate there.

Fair is using over $667,000,000,000 (that's 667 BILLION) of taxpayer money (from the 53% who pay) in a failed stimulus scheme that created "or saved" 2.4 million jobs.  According to the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, a group of three economists who were all handpicked by President Obama, the stimulus yielded what should have been an average salary of $278,000 per job.

Fair is the mainstream media's complete ignoring of President Obama's abysmal record in office while questioning Romney's qualifications.

Fair is President Playtex's overt foreign policy ineptitude being passed off as "bumps in the road" while an American Ambassador and two Navy Seals are dead.

If you disagree with my fairness statements above, re-read the four maxims at the top of this page.  Then, read "The Law" or "The Candlemakers' Petition" by Frédéric Bastiat.  If you still disagree, then once again as stated in previous installments to this Voter's Guide, your choice on the ballot is clear.  At lease you'll be an informed voter.