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Obama: Opposing Higher Taxes 'Selfishness'

Friday, 31 Oct 2008 04:44 PM

By Phil Brennan

Barack Obama says if you don't want to hike your taxes, you're selfish.

Speaking in Sarasota, Fla., Thursday, Obama said he wanted to change the tax code to help the middle class and charged that in opposing his tax raising programs, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin were making a "virtue out of selfishness."

Writing in the ABC News Political Punch blog, senior national correspondent Jake Tapper reported that Obama insisted that he has nothing against the rich.

"The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich," Obama said, adding, "I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it. That’s the America dream, that’s the American way, that’s terrific.

"The point is, though, that — and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class — it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot — when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month — then guess what? Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.

"John McCain and Sarah Palin, they call this socialistic," Obama said. "You know, I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness."

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