One of the many ironies surrounding President Obama is that for all his harping on income inequality -- his most recent obsession designed to stir Americans against one another -- his policies have exacerbated it.
Obama, the self-professed bipartisan uniter, is never content to seek remedies to improve opportunity for all Americans. He has to have villains. His community organizing training and his disposition compel him to pit us against one another.
No matter what the stated reason for his latest policy craze, almost everything he does is in service to his quest to fundamentally transform America from a society of freedom, opportunity and industriousness to one of government-mandated outcomes and dependency.
Obama's usual pattern for advancing his policy agenda is to agitate us through rhetoric by portraying a certain "innocent" group as victimized by an exploitive group and then demanding a policy fix for the "injustice."
He has slandered the oil and coal industries as villainous in his push for green energy alternatives. He mercilessly demonized big banks as a prelude to passing the financial overhaul bill known as Dodd-Frank -- and also as a predicate to shaking down banks on behalf of upside-down homeowners. He bludgeoned insurance companies to soften their opposition to Obamacare and to make the public believe that it was a necessary reform.
Obama has trashed those with traditional values in his urgent push to promote same-sex marriage. He is forever defaming Second Amendment defenders as selfish extremists unconcerned with gun violence. He has depicted Republicans, the tea party and conservative radio hosts as enemies of the middle class, the poor, the unemployed, welfare recipients, blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals and women to grease the skids for all aspects of his statist agenda.
Perhaps the most recurring theme we've witnessed from Obama is his smearing of the rich. He used it to pass his stimulus bill, to justify much of his wasteful spending and during his endless proposals for higher taxes on the "wealthy," his crusade to expand the welfare rolls, his campaign for Obamacare and his obstruction of entitlement reform. Most recently, he's adopted his destructive class-warfare rhetoric to tout his war against "income inequality."
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