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Michelle Obama's Statist Pie

April 11, 2008

“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without ever knowing how it happened.” —Norman Thomas, leading American socialist

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Michelle O! Think fast!

While on the campaign trail stumping for her husband Michelle Obama  paid a visit to The Dixon Academy Preschool in Harrisburg North Carolina on Tuesday April 08, 2008.

She explained her ‘redistribution of wealth’ pie theory in regards to ‘universal health care’ And how Obama as president would be just the guy to get it done.

“If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership…for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care,” she said.

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Fact-check that.

Ed Morrissey – Hot Air

First, it assumes a “pie” of static proportions. That’s only true in statist systems. In a free-market economy, real expansion of wealth can and does occur. The best way to lift the standard of living across all economic strata comes from private enterprise and not public bureaucracies. The latter saps investment capital by rerouting funds from the markets which generate wealth into government, which not only consumes wealth but offers unresponsive and inefficient services in return. Those services kill competition in those industries, since the government supplies the services for “free” — even though the actual costs skyrocket through massive inefficiencies.

Want an example? Look at the VA. For that matter, look at the education system Mrs. Obama wants to expand. We have increased federal spending on education by 58% since 2000 (after inflation), and no one in their right mind would argue that education has improved 5.8%, let alone 58%. We’ve increased VA spending by 59%, and few would argue that we have received our money’s worth from that.

The National Black Republican Association Exposes Obama’s Blind Spots – ZardozZ News and Satire

ZZ Bachman

…Obama, in his Philadelphia speech, loudly denounced the deplorable conditions in black communities. Yet, he said not one word about the fact that those communities have been run by Democrats for the past 40 years. The socialist policies of the Democrats have fostered a culture of dependency on government handouts and turned those communities into economic and social wastelands. Obama also rails against the failure to educate black children. However, he gives a pass to teachers’ union special interest groups that are responsible for black children not being educated. Those groups are aligned with the Democratic Party and are against school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black parents get their children out of failing schools. Liberal teachers act against the best interest of black children because they want to keep control of the buildings, and thus the money, but the money belongs to the people, not the buildings…

In other words Michelle, shut your statist pie hole.

Edit Sept 22 2009: The page at the  Charlotte Observer –source of the Michelle Obama quote is no longer available.

Edit Oct 14 2009: I found an archived version of the article via the Wayback Machine.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080411012740/http://www.charlotte.com/112/story/572303.html

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