Many folks were outraged yesterday at Barack Obama once again claiming himself to be the heir apparent to the Reagan Legacy. I too was stricken with the sudden urge to vomit. Then I realized something, and I almost have the feeling that I am somewhat alone with this particular epiphany.
If you think about it, perhaps he is taking up the Reagan belief in a Flat Tax. Barack Obama feels as though out of a matter of fairness, all Americans should be taxed at the same tax rate. What we disagree on is the percentage of that rate, common ground at last. I too feel that it is wrong that 47% of Americans pay no federal tax on their incomes. I just happen to feel that the government would get by just swell by confiscating say, 10% of our wages, and say 10% of corporate net profit, zero from passive incomes, 10% from capital gains. Barack Obama is right, albeit accidentally, that secretaries should pay the same rates as their bosses, pro athletes, entertainers, truck drivers, and any other profession I do not have ample space to write out within the confines of this post. Welcome to the flat tax universe Mr. President.
Barack Obama has spent his entire adult, and as far as I know, his adolescent life, denigrating the legacy of Ronald Reagan. That this little man’s accomplishment would not even compare favorably to the most insignificant footnotes on the life of Ronald Reagan, he managed to squeeze out two autobiographies before the age of 50. Some have labeled this as proof of his narcissism, but I myself merely believe it to be wishful thinking. Most of the Conservatives in this country find it appalling that President Obama is working so hard to wrap himself in the cloak of Ronald Reagan, correctly positing the idea that Barack Obama is not even fit to stand in the same room where Reagan’s name is even mentioned, but I disagree slightly. I find it to be a confidence builder in the idea that come November, he will be fired by the American People.
Why would a man spent his entire life telling any one who would listen that our greatest President was an evil man who’s policies were responsible for the destruction of our urban everything, and then just when two elections were heating up, wrap himself in that very flag that he so eloquently tried to burn. The reason of course is plain to see. It is because he correctly believes that if the American People will identify him as Reaganesque, he stands a greater chance of being reelected. This is a sure sign of desperation, and it will work exactly as well in 2012 as it did in 2010. The American People are really a smart bunch, and while it is possible to trick them into drinking a swallow of snake oil, getting them to take that second swig is an entirely different matter.
Putting aside for the moment Obama’s sudden affinity for the flat tax, which a lot of us on the political right happen to agree with, I have often been interested in what Ronald Reagan would actually have to say to our 44th President. Since Barack Obama was nothing more than a pimple afflicting the world of academia when Reagan was the leader of the free world, putting an end to the Soviet Union and winning the Cold War, creating the greatest economic boom our nation has ever known, ending the Johnson-Nixon-Carter Malaise, building our missile defense shield, and a plethora of other accomplishments too numerous to mention here, no such debate exists for real. What I did find was a string of debate quotes that Reagan had said while debating another Presidential candidate who really is a role model for our current chief executive.
Just for fun, let’s watch the entire final debate between Jimmy Carter, (the man who is really the model for our current POTUS,) and Ronald Reagan.