Obama's failing philosophy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A former liberal and the founder of a non-profit organization that works with youth says the so-called "fiscal cliff" talks represent a battle over two competing values: self-responsibility and entitlement.

Brannon, VirgilVirgil Brannon, owner of a small business, marched with Rev. Al Sharpton in support of Barack Obama in 2008 but has since withdrawn that support upon witnessing the effects of too many entitlements on low-income Americans.

"Well, I think if we don't do something immediately, we're going to have a very strong problem here. Look at entitlements alone -- Can America afford four more years of it? would be the question," Brannon offers. "I think that … something should be done, and in fact, I think from the Republican standpoint … they should give [Obama] everything he asks for, and let's just see exactly what [direction] America will be going."

In his book Democratic Coma, the business owner explains why President Obama's philosophy fails low-income people, especially those in black communities. Brannon maintains an Obama win on the fiscal cliff issue means that it will be justified to penalize successful Americans so that unsuccessful citizens can get a "free ride."

"God gave us the ability to create wealth and to have success, and the idea … that it's probably going to go down that road of going against those things -- you can't penalize somebody for succeeding or put a limit on how far somebody can succeed," he contends. "I mean, this is America -- home of the free and land to those who see it as possibility [and are] brave enough to act on it."

Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse over President Obama's wish to raise income tax rates on the wealthiest Americans, which Republicans maintain would hurt job creation. The GOP also wants to cut spending on social programs -- more than Democrats say they will accept.

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