Another Barack Obama Brilliant Idea
Posted by jemartynowski on August 12, 2008
Barack Obama’s campaign has announced a plan to relieve seniors earning less than $50,000 of their income tax burden. This, says Barack Obama, would save 7 million people an average of $1,400 per year. What a heroic man to save the seniors from their terrible plight.
This is just the latest in Obama’s line of bold, herd-pleasing claims that sounds better to those who don’t care to think about consequences of our actions. How about we try not to be one of the sheep and talk about what this plan would mean:
- Senior citizens, already loaded with government subsidies, will get more government subsidies. Seniors currently have Social Security and Medicare, two of the most expensive things for us to pay for. Every time the government gives something to someone, they take from somebody else. So non-seniors are going to pay additional amounts to pay for that $1,400/ year. Which is made even more unfair because…
- Seniors are better off than most non-seniors. Think of it this way: Pensions and Social Security that all of the current seniors are getting will be non-existent for those of us who will now need to save for our own retirement. Why, then, should we be paying even more money to them. The dollars I will be paying to Social Security, Medicare, and this new subsidy should be going towards my own retirement. Thanks again, Democrats, for not giving a crap about my generation.
- Seniors are mostly in a better position than non-seniors in life. I know, we all get the stories about how a senior-citizen can’t afford their medicine because they are on a fixed income and can’t afford it, and that is sad. However, for every one of those people, there are probably fifteen or twenty non-seniors who have not one penny saved for retirement, have no pension, and (despite incorrect claims to the contrary) have no Social Security to look forward to. Mostly, seniors have many advantages others don’t. Plus, most seniors have other advantages: they own their house outright, have no college costs, no day-care costs, and have investments and savings.
- If you are under 40, Barack Obama doesn’t care about you. He claims that “If you work hard and pay into the system, you’ve earned the right to a secure retirement.” However, what about us? I’m 25. I’m paying into the system and will be for awhile. What’s going to be there for me? The correct answer is nothing. But don’t worry, I’m sure someone else will come along and “save” us by creating more legislation and taking more control over our lives.
- Most low- and moderate-income seniors already owe no income tax. Really, this plan just gives breaks to the more wealthy seniors who already have substantial assets. This isn’t helping who Obama says it is there to help. Not even a little bit. It’s kind of an outright lie.
OK, so it sounds good when you say you are trying to help low- and moderate-income senior citizens. The problem is, all you are doing is taking advantage of their votes by claiming you are helping them with something that doesn’t really help them at all. That’s pretty low. Even for a politician.
(Sorry for such anangry post; it’s just that the unrealistic BS coming from Barack Obama makes me even more furious because people actually buy into it. We can’t be willing to hand over our freedom, or else we don’t deserve it.)