Sunday, October 26, 2008


Barbara West of WFTV 9 in Orlando has done several inconsequential interviews with Joe Biden. But I think she's jumped the shark.

Isn't Senator Obama's comment [to Joe Wurzelbacher about spreading the wealth] a potentially crushing political blunder?

Does she really expect Biden to agree? He has so many outs available to him.
  • A simple 'no' with a content-free deflection like 'The American people believe in Obama's message.' That would force her to defend the premise of the question.

  • Turning it back to the opponent's failing 'John McCain is counting on that but it's not working because this campaign isn't going to be won by baseless attacks.'

  • Speak the less popular truth. All taxes spread the wealth. That's the point of taxes. McCain will tax American people in order to spread the wealth. Bush taxed people to spread the wealth. FDR taxed people to spread the wealth. The only difference in all of these is who and how much.

She gets a little too ambitious:
You may recognize this famous quote: From each according to his abilities. To each according to his needs. That's from Karl Marx. How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

It's a bad question given the answers available to Biden the first time she asked it. She has merely chosen to call Obama on a taxation philosophy that every candidate shares. So how is Obama not being a Marxist? The same way McCain is not being a Marxist.

It's an embarrassing question because of the most appropriate response:

Are you joking? Is this a joke? Or is that a real question?

1 comment:

The Ridger, FCD said...

“The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state.”

From that well-known Socialist book "The Wealth of Nations" by that pinko Adam Smith...