You'd think he would have learned by now, but no:
Via News Alert and Breitbart TV, consider this Share the Wealth 2010. Barack Obama went off the TelePrompter in his speech to a Quincy, Illinois audience about Wall Street reform. After saying that Democrats don’t begrudge success that’s “fairly earned,” Obama then ad-libs — and reveals more about himself than he probably wanted:
We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.
Compare that to his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Now, we’re not doing this to punish these firms or begrudge success that’s fairly earned. We don’t want to stop them from fulfilling their responsibility to help grow our economy.
He should have stuck with the TelePrompter.
Of course, we've learned more actual truth about Barack Obama when he's spoken off the teleprompter (i.e. bitter clingers, spread the wealth around) than at any other time in the past three years, so I'm not complaining.
Regardless, the real meat of this incident is that Obama has revealed two very important things that he believes:
1. it is possible to make 'enough' money, and one should presumably stop at that point
2. he is qualified to judge when that point is reached
Does this bother anyone else?
Hot Air offers some further analysis:
…that’s a statist point of view. Furthermore, the responsibility of an entrepreneur isn’t to “grow our economy,” core or otherwise. It’s to grow his own economy. In a properly regulated capitalist system, the natural tension of self-interests create economic growth through innovation and efficient use of capital and resources.
Put simply, a free people work for themselves, not for the government. Barack Obama seems to have a problem understanding that.
I'm not sure he has a problem understanding it – I think he understands it just fine, but he finds that concept to be repulsive. That's why he's doing everything in his power to undermine it and scrape more power into the hands of government, where he believes it rightfully belongs. This is nothing new, but at this point I think that more Americans are open to the truth about him, and that's why his poll numbers continue to drop and support for his agenda continues to shrivel.
By the way, Gateway Pundit helpfully reminds us that Obama's income in 2009 was $5.5 million. Apparently that's not 'enough', but whatever Wall Street CEOs earn is 'enough'. Hmmm…
There's my two cents.