We heard a lot about those who were unable to "make it in America" during the 2008 campaign. Despite the clear record of opportunity that America has delivered for more people across every race and from every nation in the history of this earth, we were reminded again and again from then candidate Obama that poor people existed.
We were told a lot of things about them as well.
We were told that they were inept in their efforts to help themselves. We were told they were too dumb to make clear choices. And we were told constantly that the only way they would be helped is to grow government, shrink economic opportunity, and make them the modern enslaved demographic, to a government who couldn't care less what happened to them.
Democrats, and the progressive left in particular, exploit the poor, they use the poor, they write speeches about them, and manipulate their "unrepresented voices" in debates. But one thing is increasingly clear from the Obama administration and the popular left in America, they don't have any interest in helping them.
It is easy to explain how this can be true from a macro-worldview position looking at the President's policies. The bailout, the stimulus, the omnibus, and the proposed budget all do nothing to assist a poor person in finding independence and they all aim to create an enslavement to entitlements that dehumanize the individual, create embarrassment for their family, and ultimately rob that person of one of the most cherished gifts God grants us--the satisfaction of personal achievement.
But moving beyond Obama's budget policies, take a look at how the administration has teamed up to hurt the poor families of America with the program of "Cap and Trade." Essentially "Cap and Trade" is a punitive tax that in language would be levied against the largest production companies in our nation. But since no company in the history of mankind has ever absorbed a tax, the real persons being punished for their production means are the consumers of the goods that company produces. The company, by simply passing on the cost of the tax to the consumer, is eventually hurt by the increased prices and perhaps slower consumption but they don't pay the taxes. Companies NEVER pay taxes.
Customers who are in desperate need of what that company creates are the ones who have no choice, and are helpless in doing anything about it. The poor are impacted to a greater degree because of their own lack of capital to be able to fund entrepreneurial options to avoid such companies.
The administration especially hates the working poor. People who are trying to get themselves out of tough circumstances have been targeted by this administration to be forced into even worse circumstances--especially if they disagree. This would be largely accomplished by "card-check" legislation that President Obama promised union bosses he would see passed personally.
In making such a promise what President Obama has pledged is to take away the rights of the working poor who otherwise would be given the constitutional right of a secret ballot. Obama's policy direction on this matter would open up the working poor to direct harassment, threats, and even violence for the simple crime of not agreeing with the union boss. Disagreement that would not even be discovered if the secret ballot was left in place.
And it's not just the administration, but also many of the President's supporters that demonstrate this contempt for the poor... ...like prominent Obama supporter Melissa Etheridge.
Etheridge has joined a growing group of militants who engage in homosexual behavior who are now threatening to withhold their taxes from the administration or state governments until the ingredients of what constitutes a legal marriage can be redefined so as to apply to an entire cadre of sexual unions.
Since the left constantly tell us how generous they think this nation should be, by allocating the tax dollars that you and I put towards poverty relief, one would think that the personal paying of taxes would be a solid priority to the left.
And yet, at the first sign of someone not getting an entitlement they believe the entire History of Western Civilization owes them, they refuse to fund the things they say they believe in.
What liberals REALLY mean is that they would prefer law abiding people to fund government programs, but they really feel no personal compulsion to do so.
And this point brings us to the core of this premise...
President Obama lied to the American people in his silly analogy of a bus driver being limited as to the amount of money he could donate to charity in his prime time press conference last week. It was factually inaccurate and he portrayed himself, a wealthy American, as a "victim" in being able to personally donate to those in need. He did all of this to somehow justify his administration's latest attack against the poor in attempting to limit the taxable deductions of tax-payers towards the ministries and programs that have done the most good in helping the poor in America.
Taxing citizens more prevents them from being able to give to charity more. Taxing citizens more, and also punishing tax-payers for contributing more than a certain percentage of their income is the equivalent of declaring all out war on charitable organizations.
Any way you slice it, some say every way you do, Obama and his ilk show contemptible disdain for the poor.
They do so while using them, manipulating them, and exploiting them for their own political intentions.
And if Jesus were on this earth, he might just make a whip, beat them, and call them vipers.
What are we willing to do?