Rich Galen

I finally figured this out. Barack Obama is the Community Organizer-in-Chief. He is taking the inequities, the slights, the unfairness, the spread between wealth and poverty, the choices the rich have but which the poor do not … and he wants to fix that. For everyone.

Sounds good, actually. Who doesn't want to take "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" and lift them up?

It is not an issue of taking from someone who has a lot and giving it to someone who has less. It is an issue, in Barack Obama's psyche, of taking everything from someone who has a lot and giving to all to people who have nothing.

I'm not talking about a Prada handbag which sells for $1,500. No one needs a Prada handbag which sells for $1,500. If you've got the money and that's what you want to spend it on, that's fine with me but it better not show up on my Amex.

The Obama people don't think that's OK. They believe that no one needs more than whatever's on sale at Filene's Basement and anything more than that should be confiscated for use by people who can't even afford Filene's.

Yesterday there was a health care summit at the White House. It was one of three "summits" which have been held in Washington over the past two weeks - one on the economy (how's that working out?) one on energy and then the health care square dance yesterday.

The issue as it is formulated in Obama's mind is: How can we have a nation with a gazillion dollar GDP and not guarantee health care for every person? I'm not sure I disagree.

The Constitution guarantees a lawyer for every two-bit crook who holds up a neighborhood convenience store, but is silent on the matter of requiring that every person have access to a health care professional when the need exists.

We are not some poor fifth world nation. We are the United States of America and we should be able to do this. The issue is: How?

I pay nearly $600 a month for my health insurance. Just mine. The Mullings Director of Standards & Practices gets hers through her job. I want my money's worth. I don't mind if some of my $600 goes to help someone who is poor get health care; I DO care if the government decides it is unfair for me to buy better health care than the poor guy and makes me pay $600 per month to get the same level of health care as someone who pays zero.

The housing deal. Within seconds of the President announcing the housing bail-out people began reading the fine print to see if they should stop paying their mortgages so they could qualify for the bailout.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at