It’s one thing for someone to earn wealth through hard work and perseverance in the free market. But according to the folks at Fox News, it’s another altogether for someone to “earn” wealth through politics — which as a reminder is supposed to be about representing the people — and then turn around and lecture those who actually earned their wealth about their riches.
Take former President Barack Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, who, despite earning almost all their wealth in Washington, D.C., spent eight years in office demonizing those wealthy businessmen and businesswomen who earned their money the proper way.
And who now, according to reports, are poised to purchase a seven-bedroom, nine-bath mansion worth reportedly almost $15 million …
Images of the sprawling luxury property may be seen in the video below:
Source: CELEB and LIFE YouTube channel
“I find this particularly infuriating about the left,” conservative commentator Dan Bongino said while filling in as a guest host Friday evening on FNC’s “Hannity.”
“I’m proud to be a conservative because what we believe in for us, we believe in for everybody else. We believe in economic liberty, educational liberty and school choice, health care liberty, health care freedom, the right to defend yourself — but not just for us, for other people. And we live by that code.”
“Yet the left swears they believe in 90 percent tax rates and all this other stuff — share the wealth — yet they don’t live by that code at all. It’s embarrassing.”
This contrasts sharply with the behavior of President Donald Trump, who, despite being portrayed as a greedy businessman by the left, has repeatedly donated all the money he’s earned as president to charitable causes.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican, concurred with Bongino’s assessment.
“It’s blatant hypocrisy, number one,” he said. “But it’s actually worse than hypocrisy because of the cultural relativism of the progressive left. That is to say that they believe in, for instance, tolerance. We’re going to tolerate anything, everything unless you disagree with us. Then all of a sudden, you’re not part of us anymore, and so you deserve to be castigated and outcast. It’s platonic elitism. They believe that some people deserve more and are better than others. And thus, to them it’s not hypocrisy.”
“So when you hear that [former Vice President Joe] Biden’s made $15 million since he left office, my first thought is, here’s a guy who never really did anything in the private sector, but somehow he’s a multimillionaire coming out of it. And he’s going to be critical of people who are wealthy and have earned that wealth? Barack Obama and his wife now worth about $140 million. They’re buying a $15 million mansion.”
It’s not that he begrudges people making money, he added, but that he begrudges hypocrisy.
“Let’s not be hypocritical about it, and let’s not be negative about people earning money and making it in an anonymous fashion and if they are successful, more power to them,” he said. “That’s the American way, that’s the American dream.”
Listen to the whole discussion below:
Source: Fox News
But it’s a dream that the left, which has become increasingly more receptive to the notion of transforming America into a so-called socialist utopia, appears to take issue with.
Take Obama again. When he joined the U.S. Senate in 2005, he was reportedly earning $85,000 a year. By the time he left office in early 2017, he was already already worth $20 million. And these days he and his wife are both reportedly “on their way to becoming a billionaire brand.” Yet during the former president’s eight-year tenor, he repeatedly demonized the wealthy.
“In 2009, he called bonuses given out that year by top Wall Street firms — which averaged $112,000 — ‘the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful.’ (These are the folks who paid Obama $1.2 million last year for three speeches),” Investor’s Business Daily’s editorial board wrote last year.
“Early in his first term, Obama capped pay at $500,000 for CEOs who took federal bailout money. He said he wanted to ‘take the air out of golden parachutes.’ … He complained about ‘executives being rewarded for failure.’ Even now, as his net worth escalates, Obama still complains about the rich. At a speech in South Africa earlier this year, he said, ‘There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take.'”
Dovetailing back to the discussion on “Hannity,” Biggs concluded it with the “bottom line.”
“The bottom line is, what we’re seeing is a group of people who say, you know what, we’re going to go after the rich, but we’re going to be rich,” he said. “We’re going to take from corporations, but corporations are evil.”
“We’re going to protect ourselves with bodyguards who have guns and we’re going to tell you that you can’t have guns. We’re going to send our kids to private schools and elite schools. We’re going to say that you can’t have parental choice because you’re not somehow the same elite that we are. That’s the discrepancy and that’s the radicalization of the Democrat Party today.”
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