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A 53-year-old wife and mother fatally shot herself shortly after faxing a letter to her mortgage company saying that by the time they foreclosed on her house that day, she would be dead.

Associated Press, July 23, 2008

King George III would be proud of the taxation without representation Americans currently face. Even with the specter of skyrocketing fuel costs, the ancillary price hikes spurred by same (in areas such as food), jobs heading overseas and the epidemic of home foreclosures, an astounding number of Americans currently support a presidential candidate who makes no secret of the fact that he will raise taxes and expand the federal government if elected.

Yes, although Sen. Barack Obama says he will ease the tax burden for middle-class families and increase that of the faceless, evil “wealthy,” it is perplexing – as are many aspects of Obama’s candidacy – that so many Americans remain gullible enough to fall for these lines.

I’ve spied on petition-signature takers in my city, the marginally hygienic far-left slobs who seem to think what they do is actually employment of some sort. When they appear in front of supermarkets and the like, I listen in on them and their marks, as well as occasionally performing deeper reconnaissance. In addition to the barefaced lies they so casually purvey, the blatant emotionalism of their assertions can scarcely be believed. Every appeal they make is ostensibly on the behalf of some group of unfortunates, the only hope for whom is some manner of government intervention. Relevant issues of cost, consequences and the compromise of civil liberties are always adroitly avoided.

On July 25, 2008, WorldNetDaily’s Bob Unruh reported on S. 2433, the “Global Poverty Act of 2007.” This $845 billion planet-wide welfare program, introduced by Barack Obama, would “require the president to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.”

A bigger pack of overly encompassing, nebulous pap I’ve never heard.

This is what comes from 50 years of a Marxist-inspired educational system and the insidious machinations of a far left press – a situation wherein average Americans are wholly ignorant of basic concepts of economics as well as the fact that their attention is being deftly misdirected away from historical facts.

The chief fallacy that has been promoted by the left since time immemorial is, in lay terms, as follows: There is but one “pie,” as it were, of capital and resources of all types; at any given time it tends to be inequitably divided, and the reason populations need government is to ensure that it is more equitably divided. This, of course, is pure Marxism.

The capitalist model – the accurate one – is that there are many “pies,” and more being created on a continual basis, providing that individuals and businesses are allowed the freedom to do so. Microsoft Corporation, Ben and Jerry’s and microbreweries are but a few examples of enterprises that demonstrated this paving of vast new inroads within existing industries.

Whether addressing domestic or global fronts, the proof that throwing money at the problem of poverty never works is beyond overwhelming; it is as clear as the concept that shooting heroin into one’s arm is probably not a constructive idea. Yet, at a juncture where many Americans are truly suffering economically, a presidential candidate is not only able to get away with proposing multi-billion-dollar bequests, he is lauded for it.

The people of the United States of America are the world’s greatest charitable givers. As it stands, our government weighs in similarly compared to the governments of other developed nations. Still, those who make such generosity possible – working Americans – find themselves with nowhere to turn when they run into difficulty. This columnist would rather see the mortgages of every American family currently under threat of foreclosure brought current before one more illegal immigrant is given free medical care, one more fiscally irresponsible corporation is bailed out, or one more dollar falls into the hands of a Third World despot.

Remember “Oil for Food”? S. 2433 is a proposed massive money grab being sold on the basis of false compassion and unwarranted guilt – nothing more. The Global Poverty Act would represent further confiscatory taxation of the American people in order to provide billions in circumlocutory appeasement for Third World governments, with the obligatory administrative “lost millions” appropriated by corrupt dictators, lawmakers, consultants and United Nations bandits – and Barack Obama knows it.


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