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Obama: There are No Self-Made Men?

mmercier Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 8:06 AM
It is increasingly difficult for the leftists to redistribute wealth from the middle class they have impoverished. It is likewise impossible to seize the wealth of the global elite whose capital flea their ilk like plauge. Many of those super rich elitists are in fact the fact the marxist leftists.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 9:36 AM

"whose capital flea their ilk like plauge." Huh?
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 8:22 AM
Yes, and rich and poor are united by their animosity toward the middle class. The rich hate and fear climbers. The poor may hate the rich in the abstract. But they also find some of the rich glamorous and exciting and wish that they could rise to that level. Warren Buffett is a distant figure, moreover, and the numbers attached to his wealth are too large to be meaningful. The guy who owns a furniture store in town and lives in a fancy house visible from the Interstate is someone they understand well enough to hate personally. It's no coincidence that local governments tax wealth, but state and federal governments mostly tax income.
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 8:23 AM
And it's no coincidence that rich and poor use terms such as "middle class" and "bourgeois" as insults.
Troglodite Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 9:05 AM
"They also find some of the rich glamorous and exciting and wish they could rise to that level." This gives far too much credit to "the poor." The poor VICARIOUSLY enjoy the wealth and comfort and notoriety of the celebrities, without even any real desire to attain it for themselves. And do we notice that people do not become celebrities because of any actual achievement on their part, but because they are promoted to celebrity-hood by those who then vicariously enjoy that status?
Troglodite Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 9:12 AM
[Continuing 9:05 remarks] Celebrities are created by the "lumpenproletariat" and, therefore, are not resented by it. The resentment is reserved precisely for those who deserve their success and attain it mostly by their own efforts and sacrifices. That is why the businessman (or the doctor, for that matter) is begrudged his modest pile, while the antics and conspicuous consumption of some Hollywood airhead are viewed with enjoyment and interest.
glenbo02 Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 2:03 PM

President Obama blasted American entrepreneurs last weekend, boldly claiming the self-made man is an illusion to an audience in Roanoke, Virginia. Since the Obama apologists in the mainstream media are claiming that the president is being quoted out of context, here is how he led into the subject:

If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be 'cause I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody...