Response to “President Robin Hood”

I find it so very interesting that Andy Post and I both use the same metaphor for President Barack Obama, but we find ourselves on opposite sides of that great fence of ideology. Yes, Obama has come to steal from the wealthy to try to fix our nationâÄôs struggling economy and out-of-control debt, but IâÄôd rather see the wealthy foot the bill than real, âÄúhard-workingâÄù Americans. Come on, honestly, do you think that our top-earning income brackets honestly do that much work? They put on their expensive suits, don a dandy power tie and sit in lavish conference rooms deciding whose getting screwed out of their pensions in order to make sure there are exotic dancers at the next executive function. Sure, there are plenty of legitimate, hard-working business owners that easily make more than $250,000, but the problem is those of them that are earning at levels obscenely higher than that. When these people are caught laundering money out of their businesses we barely bother to send them to a minimum-security resort. IâÄôd love 10 years of you paying for me to sit in jail; it would give me a good chance to work on my novel. And at the end of it, I can go dig up all the gold I buried and laugh at all the people I shafted. LetâÄôs face it: Reaganomics, trickle-down economics, supply-side economics âÄî whatever you want to call it âÄî are not working as they are supposed to work. IâÄôm not saying that they cannot work, but if they did work, we wouldnâÄôt have CEOs getting caught fudging the ledgers while millions of Americans find themselves out of work and trapped in the largest credit crisis weâÄôve ever seen. YouâÄôre putting way too much faith in people who have discovered that they have no reason to act in anyoneâÄôs interest other than their own. CEOs arenâÄôt looking at what is best for the people working for them, they are looking to maximize profit. Now, youâÄôd think that a business that turns a higher profit can expand, generate more jobs and provide higher quality goods and services, but the truth is that the people up top are more concerned with making sure that they get their cake and eat it, too. The only thing that deregulation of our economy has done is to widen the gap even further between rich and poor. Sure, IâÄôm another young, white, middle-class college student who doesnâÄôt have a lot to worry about (especially since I switched my major from psychology to electrical engineering), but for as much as there is still a middle class, it is becoming ever more apparent that the current mis-distribution of wealth is not going to correct itself. The most important thing to do when you want to keep an economy healthy is to move the money around. ItâÄôs time to start moving it back into the hands of the masses. Besides, all we want to do is fill up our gas tanks and go somewhere warm for spring break. Is that so much to ask? Jon Radermacher University Student