Obama was elected on a popularist platform. He was for the middle-class. He wouldn’t raise taxes on 95% of people. Over 100 days into his presidency, and he has blown his promise. Sure the national income tax for that tax bracket hasn’t been raised, but that hasn’t stopped Obama from gouging this same group of people. And it ain’t about money either. If it were, Barrak would simply print more. Taking your money is about taking away your freedoms and giving him power.
Let’s look at targeted taxes first. He has already raised the cigarette tax and aims to slap on a soda tax. It is obvious that the direct target of such a tax is the middle class. While this group of people might not have money for vacations and sports cars, they do spend their money on the little indulgences like smoking and eating sweets. Increasing taxes limits the freedom the middle class has to pursue these things. But the elite know that it is better that they limit your freedom to protect you.
Now, Barrak Obama is dramatically increasing the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to 35 MPG. He claims it will save oil and cut down on emissions. The reality is that automobiles will be made lighter and less safe, increasing traffic fatalities as they did in the 80’s. Who will be really affected by this policy is the middle class once again. Let’s face it, this group of people are typically responsible for larger families. Larger families mean large vehicles are needed to transport the families. These larger vehicles will become less safe and more scarce. People will hang on to their older, less fuel efficient cars, defeating the very purpose of the plan, and fatalities will increase. How many news stories of families dying in their light weight, 8 passenger station wagons will people stomach before they ask for change again.
The middle class will also be affected by the expense of trucks, vans, and SUVs as the cost to design and manufacture these vehicles to meet the C A F E standards will go up by $1600 per vehicle. The price to purchase these vehicle will increase. Every company that has to maintain a fleet of such vehicles will have to pass that cost on to the consumer, again shrinking the pocket books of the middle class. And think of how many low and middle class people will not be able to buy trucks to haul things around and do odd jobs. Will all the F-150 owners paint their faces blue and cry for FREEDOM.
This is also just another step by the left of totally eliminating the auto industry. If I were to spend billions of dollars to try to keep an industry afloat, and the same time, change the standards that industry must operate in a way that further hinders its ability to compete, you might say I was insane. Obama, however, is considered brilliant. It is like having a broken arm and the government paying to have the bone set, but then outlaw casts. Your arm will never heal and neither will the auto-industry. And who works in the auto-industry? The middle class of course. So if this industry fails, I guess they lose their jobs too. Obama is taking a shotgun to the backs of the American middle class. He isn’t blowing a gaping hole, he is filling them with tiny little pellets that can’t be easily seen.