Thursday, October 23, 2008

our topsy-turvy world 

Adam Smith, socialist proponent of progressive taxation:

The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. . . . The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. . . . It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.

-- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

Slate has a few gems from McCain hero and tireless builder of the Worker's Paradise, Teddy Roosevelt:

We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. … The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it in kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and … a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate.

And in other news...Jon Swift has a roundup of winger Obama conspiracies, including:

During Obama’s dark, mysterious years at Columbia, he was involved in domestic terrorist bombings

Obama didn’t actually write Dreams of My Father. In fact, it was ghost-written by none other than Bill Ayers!

Michelle Obama attacks “American white racists” in an interview with obscure online news site.

Obama had a girlfriend that his wife found out about and forced her to move to the Caribbean.

There is a tape of Michelle Obama with Louis Farrakhan talking about “whitey”

Obama was not born in the United States and his birth certificate has been forged.

Barack Obama had an underage, gay “affair” with a pedophile.

Obama had cocaine-fueled gay sex in the back of a limousine with a not-very-attractive disabled man with a criminal background.

Obama was getting answers in the first debate through a clear plastic hearing aid in his ear.

Crazy we can believe in!


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