It's one thing to question a political family's use and abuse of taxpayer dollars, or to scrutinize a political family member's public record and rhetoric on the campaign trail. First lady Michelle Obama has bristled at the few challenges she's received over the years to her extravagant jet-setting, pricey fashions, $7,000 tops, $600 sneakers, incessant wealth-bashing and Nanny State policy meddling. But these are fair game as the White House and its campaign team jointly ramp up their Occupier-style warfare against America's private sector wealth creators.
What is out of bounds are ad hominem attacks on a political family member's private activities to perpetuate bitter stereotypes and clingy narratives. A study of horse owners conducted by Deloitte and Touche a few years back found that horse owners come from all economic backgrounds, own all types of horses for various purposes and live in a variety of places from tiny towns to large cities. "The largest group of horse owners (45 percent) are drawn from the middle class with an annual household income between $25,000 and $75,000. Only 9 percent of the population earns greater than $150,000 yearly, and a full 11 percent of horse owners have an annual income of less than $25,000."
But let's not let facts get in the way of a good Eat the Rich propaganda campaign. As usual, the overwrought left has stepped in a steaming pile of double standards, hypocrisy and politics of personal destruction. Let's hope voters just say nay in November.
Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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