Personal responsibility or government largesse

One of the main differences between the left and the right is illustrated by the assumptions behind this statement from Senator Obama last night, explaining his “spread the wealth” comment to the prospective plumbing-business owner:

Now, the conversation I had with Joe the plumber, what I essentially said to him was, “Five years ago, when you were in a position to buy your business, you needed a tax cut then.”

And what I want to do is to make sure that the plumber, the nurse, the firefighter, the teacher, the young entrepreneur who doesn’t yet have money, I want to give them a tax break now. And that requires us to make some important choices. <CNN Transcript>

In the view of Senator Obama and the left, he was able to become successful because of tax benefits bestowed by the government. I suspect he would disagree.

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