Christopher Merola

Here we are, less than a week until the November 2008 elections and the “progressive” spin machine is in high gear. This progressive spin machine is comprised of the mainstream media and their friends in the Democrat party. Together, these two entities keep their message tight as they work for their utopian dream of a perfect world.

However, this utopian dream must be financed. That is where you and I come in to play. Consider what Barack Obama has been saying throughout this campaign. He has consistently said that he will only raise tax rates on those whose income is $250,000 or more. Never mind that it is those very people who employ many Americans.

The flaw in this line of thinking was exposed when Obama spoke with Joe Werzelbacher -- dubbed Joe the Plumber -- a blue-collar man from Ohio wanting to buy a plumbing business. Obama told Joe he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” In other words, taking a page from Karl Marx, Obama desires to redistribute our nation’s wealth.

How will Obama and Congressional Democrats do this? The non-partisan Tax Policy Center stated that Obama would award refund checks “to eligible households even if they have no income tax liability.” The Tax Policy Center went on to mention that 60.7 million people who pay no income taxes would receive refund checks from Obama and the Democrat Congress. 60.7 million people!

On the other hand, only 33.8 million people, who pay about 40 percent of all income taxes, will see any kind of refund. Here we see the progressive bait and switch routine in action.

What do I mean by a progressive bait and switch? Well, for years the Democrats have been telling us that they are not liberal, they are just “progressive.” They figured out long ago that it is easier to digest voting for a politician that is progressive, as opposed to one that is overtly liberal. This shell game of semantics is designed to obfuscate and make us forget about what a liberal Democrat candidate truly stands for. Then, once in power, the Democrats show their true colors by raising taxes, redistributing that revenue and punishing those who desire to succeed.

A perfect example of the Obama bait and switch routine can be found in the mantra he keeps repeating, where 95% of Americans will supposedly see a tax cut when he is elected president. Yet, only about 60% of Americans pay taxes. How can he give tax cuts to people who do not pay taxes? Through those aforementioned refund checks.

Obama is not really offering a tax cut at all. He is engaging in the confiscation and the subsequent redistribution of our money.

Christopher Merola

Christopher Merola is the President of Red Momentum Strategies, LLC, a conservative political strategy and communications company in Washington, DC.