In a July 11 Washington Examiner column titled, "Obama, Democrats make war on the sucessful," conservative columnist Cal Thomas attacked President Obama and liberal Democrats for "class warfare," and wrote that Obama "seems determined to punish and discourage success and the hard work, risk-taking and values by which one must live in order to attain it." From the Examiner:
This president, more than any other in my lifetime, seems determined to punish and discourage success and the hard work, risk-taking and values by which one must live in order to attain it.
He blasts people who fly on private planes, though he flies on Air Force One, the ultimate private plane, which taxpayers pay for. He doesn't like yachts, or specifically the people who can afford to buy them. And yet the people who make the private planes and yachts have jobs precisely because others have achieved a level of success that enables them to afford such luxury.
Recall during the administration of President George H.W. Bush when congressional Democrats persuaded Bush to sign a bill increasing the luxury tax on yachts in exchange for a promise -- later broken -- to reduce spending.
The result was fewer people bought yachts, boat builders were laid off and Congress later repealed the tax hike. Don't liberal Democrats ever learn economic principles, or does their class warfare trump all else?
Wealth is a sign of achievement, a reward for risks taken. And being poor is not a crime, unless those in poverty refuse to strive to overcome it.
That's the message this president should be broadcasting, not one that trashes success and promotes class division and envy of the successful.