Paul Jacob

Of course, special privileges might not be Obama’s only aim. Maybe he also wants to redistribute wealth. Again, does he think we’re stupid? I mean, even grabbing all the wealth of those 2 percent who are rich, we’d have to divvy it up among 259 million accomplices. At that point, the whole gang approach becomes too unwieldy.

Obama’s new pitch won’t work, and, if he can count, he must know it won’t work. The middle class is simply too big to bestow special favors upon. The middle class would have to be taxed to redistribute to itself. At that point, Marxist-Leninism loses all its heady appeal.

Sure, in some cases, we’d credit Obama for something, because it is the thought that counts. But not here. Because I don’t like the notion of pitting Americans against other Americans for political gain.

More than any civilization on earth, even with all of America’s terrible failures, we have been, as Tom Paine wished, “an asylum for Mankind.” In America, a person’s world isn’t limited by some arbitrary classification.

Freedom has and will serve as the great equalizer. We cherish the mobility of people between whatever classes one can concoct. A poor, underprivileged American kid can grow up and get rich. Conversely, many wealthy or middle calls Americans know what it is to be poor. Almost 60 percent of Americans will meet the classification of “poor” at some time in their lives.

Free men and woman have opportunities to build their own futures. And not at the expense of “the rich” or any other group. We needn’t “a leg up” from government. And any government big enough to give one class an advantage over another is way too big to be safe to any class. Or any individual.

Freedom appeals across all classes. It unites, while class struggles divide. It’s an idea I’d like to hear a lot more often from politicians.

Now that would be special.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.