Friday, July 13, 2012

Attacking the Successful isn't helping Obama

Class warfare has been a traditionally successful divide and conquer strategy for the Left. 

President Obama may be taking it too far, however.  Despite all the attacks on Romney, 75% of voters say they don't care that he's wealthy.
Three-quarters of registered voters say the fact that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is worth more than $200 million makes no difference to their likelihood of voting for him. However, 20% of voters, mostly Democrats and independents, say Romney's wealth makes them less likely to vote for him, while 4% say it makes them more likely.
Wonder if Obama's wealth bothers them, or if the expensive vacations Michelle takes at their expense bother them.

The tactic may even be costing Obama with his supporters.  It certainly has with millionaire developer R. Donahue Peebles:
 "What I get concerned about is the message from the Obama campaign that we only want someone who has not been successful to run for president. What do we want here? You can't be successful and run the country? We don't want somebody who has been successful to run it? That doesn't make sense," Peebles said. "So I look at that and I see that those things are becoming offensive to some of his strongest supporters, financially...

"I'm so tired of hearing that the rich are not paying their fair share of taxes. Yeah we are," Peebles said. "The super vast majority of wealthy Americans do not wake up every day and say, 'Let's see how we can pay less than our fair share of taxes.' They say, 'We're going to follow the law and we're going to hire some good accountants to tell us how to do it. And we're going to pay no more or no less than our fair share.'

"So to say that wealthy individuals are not paying their fair is unfair and delusional," he said. "So what should be said is that the wealthy Americans should have their tax rates raised because we need more money. Now by the way, if they got all these tax raises it still wouldn't put a dent in the national debt...

"We cannot attack wealth creation and attack people just because they're wealthy and we can't attack wealth and success, and making that a bad thing. It's like going to school and the bullies picking on the A-students, calling them nerds and so forth. So, what do we want, a whole school of dummies?"
Yet Mr. Peebles says he's not on the fence, so his support won't be affected.
"That offended me. Now if I were on the fence, he'd have lost me," said Peebles, who described himself as nonetheless a "big supporter of the president's."
Mr. Peebles, you say Obama awoke the giant.
"And so what's happening is they've awakened a sleeping giant. This time around, business leaders, business executives and corporations will be involved in the political process like they've never been before, all because they've been awakened," he said.
What will it take to wake you up?

If you support the free market, if you believe equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome is an American value, Obama is not your candidate.  It's time to look past party, identity politics and even personal charisma and vote according to your principles.

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