– Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote a college thesis on radical Saul Alinsky’s model. But at times, Barack Obama seems to be the embodiment of it.
Ridicule, after all – one of Alinsky’s main tenets – is the secret sauce of both Obama’s stump speeches and his debate performances.
For instance, he takes challenger Mitt Romney’s oft-repeated five-point plan and derisively calls it a “one-point plan” to help the rich.
It’s quite the opposite, actually. It’s Obama who has the one-point plan.
Romney does have a five-point plan for the economy that encompasses many elements: energy independence; a focus on education and job skills; fair trade, more trade with Latin America and a crackdown on unfair trade; cut the deficit; and champion small business.
Within the “cut the deficit” category alone, Romney makes several important and encouraging proposals:
• cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent;
• cap federal spending below 20 percent of gross domestic product (it’s close to 25 percent today);
• let states take over programs they can do better (that’s already the law, under the 10th Amendment);
• consolidate federal agencies;
• and tie federal worker compensation more closely to private-sector wages.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama demands even more details – although he doesn’t even have an overall plan of his own with which to store a few details himself.
Except to tax the rich, that is. That’s his one-point plan.
Let’s look at Mr. Obama’s one-point plan.
He wants you to think that the problem with the economy is that rich people aren’t paying enough taxes. That’s all he can talk about.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, since taxing the wealthy seems to be the sum total of the Obama one-point plan: The federal government and the economy aren’t the same thing. You can’t improve the economy and grow jobs by raising taxes. All you’ve done is sucked money out of the economy.
Once again, things are quite the opposite of what the president posits: Higher taxes are a drag on the economy.
Yet, he wants you to believe he can solve your family’s problems by taking money from someone else’s.
Neither a free country nor a free market work that way, Mr. President.
So, compare plans. You decide which one makes sense and will help save the country and its economy.
Of course, you’ll need to look past the mockery and sarcasm.