Barack Obama wants to redistribute our wealth. Ironically, it took a plumber to dig out that tidbit of information because the mainstream liberal media didn't want to be the ones to expose Obama's plan. They are, after all, Obama's biggest fans.
Wealth redistribution is welfare. It's a handout, not a hand-up -- and it's not the government's job to make sure the people are equal. We've said before that it's not the government's job to be charitable. Their job is to keep us safe so that we can spend time being charitable if we so choose. Certainly, some people wouldn't choose to be charitable, but there are plenty more who do. The founding fathers wrote the constitution so that it would be our choice. That's one of the problems with government-mandated wealth redistribution -- our choice is taken away from us.
Additionally, there are entities that the government funds with our money that would never gain our approval, if we were given the choice to approve. There are several charities, however, that we would give to freely, if we we were free to give our money away as we choose. We, like most other Americans right now, are just trying to not become charity. We wouldn't have to worry about that so much if the government would allow us to keep more of our money. There's no doubt that we would do a better job of distributing our money than the government is currently doing with their failing bailout schemes.
Maybe the government thinks that we are selfish and they can't trust us to do the right thing with our money. We suppose that could be true, but we really think that it's not a matter of trusting us to do the right thing -- it's more a matter of not trusting us to do their thing. They want our money to take care of their issues and build more government jobs. We wouldn't need government czars for any government office if we cut out the middle man and just gave directly to the poor.
This link will take you to an article that says exactly what we are trying to say about wealth redistribution: http://liberty.pacificresearch.org/press/why-cant-i-redistribute-my-own-wealth
Interestingly, a liberal wrote an editorial calling on other liberals to give more. He even cites statistics that show that conservatives give more to charity than liberals. Hmmm... that means that conservatives actually walk their own talk while liberals believe that everyone but them needs to support their liberal agendas.
This link will take you to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/opinion/21kristof.html?_r=3&ref=opinion