Video: How Barack Obama and other big government statists really bankroll their reelections

posted at 12:50 pm on February 1, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Simply put, this is one of the best videos I’ve watched in quite some time. If you think Barack Obama will spend just $1 billion on his reelection effort, think again. This president — like the president before him and the president before him — has at his disposal “The Vote Pump,” the elegant but unsustainable system by which the government taxes and borrows money to fund entitlement programs — and by which entitlement beneficiaries, in turn, vote to ensure the government will continue to tax and borrow money to pay their benefits. You might know it better by another name: “The Wealth Redistribution Pump.”

Every minute the presidential candidates debate their plans to create jobs, reform the tax code, protect the country, achieve energy independence, explore space and strengthen the family (among other things) is a minute they don’t debate their plans to reform entitlements. Those other issues are important — but, in the end, it’s the entitlement state that is bringing us to our knees. It’s the welfare state that will, as The Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein argues, destroy us.

Bring up entitlement reform and emotionally-driven accusations will pepper the conversation. Ground rules are required. Here are the two I would propose: (1) Society has obligations to the weakest among us, to those who literally cannot work, but (2) The rule for those who can work ought to be, to borrow a Biblical principle, “He who does not work, neither let him eat.” (Ironically enough, that second principle was invoked by Lenin himself — but he limited the meaning of “work” to labor. A better definition might be the creation of value, under which definition the activity of the “bourgeoisie,” the control of the means of production, is also work.)

Incidentally, it shows far less concern for the happiness of people to give them handouts than it does to require them to earn their success. The correlation between earned success and happiness is well-documented. It’s shabby and shameful that politicians care more about their own reelection and the consolidation of power among them than the happiness of those whose votes they buy with handouts.


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You mean like romneycare!

Danielvito on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Why don’t they just pass a bill forcing people to vote for them.

Where does the constitution say you have a choice in your vote? It’s all about who can vote, but silent on free will with regards to it.

lorien1973 on February 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

These videos should be required viewing.

I’d go so far as to say skip the Super Bowl Ads and play these in their place but… I like me some VW Star Wars commercials so….

;p

Yakko77 on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

“The problem with [this model] is eventually you run out of other people’s money” M. Thatcher

Mangy Scot on February 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

2012………OBAMAROMNEYPALOOZA!!!

Get the popcorn ready, the games have begun.

PappyD61 on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Entitlement reform is the most important issue facing the country. Yet none of the Republican candidates really support it. Your favorite candidate, Santorum, was a key figure in the passage of Medicare Part D. Romney tore a page out of the lefty playbook when he attacked Perry for his plans to “kill Social Security.” During the last debate, Romney all but announced that his chief line of criticism of Obamacare in the general election will be… that it cut $500 million from Medicare. Gingrich had his “right-wing social engineering” comments.

Tina, if entitlement reform is as important to you as you claim, why doesn’t it show in your treatment of the presidential candidates? Not a one of them has been a strong proponent of entitlement reform.

Lawdawg86 on February 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Do yourself a favor and watch all of Whittle’s videos.
Here is another great one that describes the true origin of the concept of “Politically correct” speech. It’s cultural Marxism.

Mord on February 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

It will get to a point when no one will work since most of the earnings are taken.What then?

docflash on February 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Yes, but you also get your bundler’s half a billion or whatever, in green energy loans that go belly-up and the money can’t all be accounted for. A few companies here and there…is big money. His old governer of NJ investor friend, had over 1 billion “disappear into thin air” You still need the cash!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Tina, if entitlement reform is as important to you as you claim, why doesn’t it show in your treatment of the presidential candidates? Not a one of them has been a strong proponent of entitlement reform.

Lawdawg86 on February 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Not a one of them with the possible (and arguable) exception of Rick Santorum has shown any real propensity towards entitlement reform at all.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

It will get to a point when no one will work since most of the earnings are taken.What then?

docflash on February 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Then our transformation from a federated constitutional republic into a socialist tyranny will be complete.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

There is an extremely easy solution. People who are unable to (or just prefer not to) work but still desire to enjoy the social safety net will have to voluntarily give up their voting registration. Problem solved!

Archivarix on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

A better definition might be the creation of value, under which definition the activity of the “bourgeoisie,” the control of the means of production, is also work.

what is ‘value’?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The initial fallacious premise that entitlements are not paid for by people who receive the benefits (Social Security comes out of our paychecks, folks) pretty much invalidates this entire screed. “People are voting themselves other peoples’ money.” What utter cynical crap, playing on the conservative fantasy that people receiving assistance are lazy parasitic do-nothings. That’ll go well with the American people.

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

what is ‘value’?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Value is the desire that makes you give up part of your wealth for someone else’s wealth that you want more. That is, at its core, how wealth is generated by mutually agreed upon transactions in the open market.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

We don’t really have a federal government anymore. We have an organized crime syndicate. The only difference is, when you don’t pay up, the government gives you a lawyer before they take you out back and rough you up.

RBMN on February 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The initial fallacious premise that entitlements are not paid for by people who receive the benefits (Social Security comes out of our paychecks, folks) pretty much invalidates this entire screed. “People are voting themselves other peoples’ money.” What utter cynical crap, playing on the conservative fantasy that people receiving assistance are lazy parasitic do-nothings. That’ll go well with the American people.

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Idiot ^^

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Great post.

MTF on February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Value is the desire that makes you give up part of your wealth for someone else’s wealth that you want more.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

no, that’s greed, actually.

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bill Whittle hits another homer out of the park. I also agree these Bill Whittle productions are must see videos.

Conservative4Ever on February 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury”

Alexander Tytler

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

Benjamin Franklin

Chip on February 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

no, that’s greed, actually.

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

No. Greed is what makes you WANT more. Value is what makes one willing to give something up for what you want. If I pay $1.00 for a hamburger, I want the hamburger worse than I want my $1.00. Conversely, whoever makes me that hamburger wants my $1.00 worse than he wants his hamburger. Funny how “greed,” in that context, mine for the burger and the restaurant’s greed for my dollar, ends up making us both happy.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Just remember, 40% of eligible voters don’t vote.

LoganSix on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I am the biggest Bill Whittle Fan!
Anytime I am debating with some libturd on social media, I can always find a Bill Whittle Video to counteract their inanity with. They pretty much can’t refute the truth it’s awesome!

Do a search for Bill’s videos they are more than just instructional they are rational and wonderful1!!!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

It’s Us vs. The Pigs … and The Pigs won.

I don’t think that America can be reclaimed – her people, like her politicians, have been too corrupted.

The people are cattle and the politicians are the farmers. That is exactly how the cows and the farmers want things.

I’ve given up on America, and that’s just the truth.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

what is ‘value’?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Value is the desire that makes you give up part of your wealth for someone else’s wealth that you want more. That is, at its core, how wealth is generated by mutually agreed upon transactions in the open market.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

That wealth represents people’s time and effort – in effect, the socialists want take your time and your effort and use it to buy votes.

Soon enough there won’t be enough people contributing time or effort to the collectivist cause and they whole thing will collapse.

But this kind of rational logic is all Greek to the Leftist- Socialists.

Chip on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The initial fallacious premise that entitlements are not paid for by people who receive the benefits (Social Security comes out of our paychecks, folks) pretty much invalidates this entire screed. “People are voting themselves other peoples’ money.” What utter cynical crap, playing on the conservative fantasy that people receiving assistance are lazy parasitic do-nothings. That’ll go well with the American people.

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Rev Wright? Is that you? Obviously anyone that want’s a balanceed budget is racist. Could you fill us all in next Sunday?

acyl72 on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”

Let’s hope not always.

MessesWithTexas on February 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Greed is EVIL!!!
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Unless it’s for a good cause, like saving the planet, then pay up sucka!

Mord on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Who is the only one to ever get an entitlement reform through congress, UNDER A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT???

NEWT – NEWT – NEWT !!!

stenwin77 on February 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

N

ot a one of them with the possible (and arguable) exception of Rick Santorum has shown any real propensity towards entitlement reform at all.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

W-H-A-T ????

Newt has campaigned constantly on it. He has past success to prove he can do it.

Rick Santorum is a BIG GOVERNMENT person. Open your eyes. Santorum is GWB on steroids.

stenwin77 on February 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The initial fallacious premise that entitlements are not paid for by people who receive the benefits (Social Security comes out of our paychecks, folks) pretty much invalidates this entire screed. “People are voting themselves other peoples’ money.” What utter cynical crap, playing on the conservative fantasy that people receiving assistance are lazy parasitic do-nothings. That’ll go well with the American people.

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

You’re really dumb enough to believe that there is a bank account tucked away somewhere by the federal government with your name on it waiting for you to turn 65, aren’t you.

Kelligan on February 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

There is an extremely easy solution. People who are unable to (or just prefer not to) work but still desire to enjoy the social safety net will have to voluntarily give up their voting registration. Problem solved!

Archivarix on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

This would make the social safety net bribes to voters worthless for Democrats. It would reduce SOME of the costs of the programs in the safety net.

A law should require fines and penalties to repay several years of benefits if those in the safety net ever vote. Also, a period one year outside the safety net prior to voting should be required prior to registration to vote. Add a requirement to take thumb prints with each vote cast, just to be sure.

It could be passed in the Senate through reconciliation to avoid filibusters.

Could we also provide free wooden stakes through the heart of registered Democrats? I’d gladly pay extra taxes for that !!

WhatNot on February 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The only way to save the republic, is to amend the Constitution to make illegal public unions, deficit spending, and the rest of the progressive agenda.

Rebar on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Also The vote pump Began With Lyndon B. Johnson, and the point relating to why he was so fired up in enacting welfare in the first place, can’t be repeated enough.

LINK.

“I apologize for the following language but we have to understand the truth that is not being told any longer. The following quotes are LBJ quotes:

“I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One -

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ

You can find this in Ronald Kessler’s “Inside The White House”

just remember THEY are more compassionate than you!

I hate liberals.

-Wasteland Man.

P.S. I had to edit the quote so it would get passed the filters.

WastelandMan on February 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Also The vote pump Began With Lyndon B. Johnson, and the point relating to why he was so fired up in enacting welfare in the first place, can’t be repeated enough.

LINK.

“I apologize for the following language but we have to understand the truth that is not being told any longer. The following quotes are LBJ quotes:

“I’ll have those ni_____ voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One -

“These Neg____, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ

You can find this in Ronald Kessler’s “Inside The White House”

just remember THEY are more compassionate than you!

I hate liberals.

-Wasteland Man.

P.S. I had to edit the quote so it would get passed the filters.

WastelandMan on February 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Bring up entitlement reform and emotionally-driven accusations will pepper the conversation.

Feb 1, 2012 12:50 PM by Tina Korbe

I prefer to salt the conversation Tina. Jesus said, Ye are the salt of the earth” (Mathew 5:13). Salt is an amazing substance and has a great number of uses. Salt adds flavor… it preserves… and salt also irritates. The way I see it if nobody’s irritated at you you’re not being a good Christian… so that’s what I do ma’am… thank you for you’re support

apocalypse on February 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“The initial fallacious premise that entitlements are not paid for by people who receive the benefits (Social Security comes out of our paychecks, folks) pretty much invalidates this entire screed. “People are voting themselves other peoples’ money.” What utter cynical crap, playing on the conservative fantasy that people receiving assistance are lazy parasitic do-nothings. That’ll go well with the American people.”

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

There are scads of people that are on third and fourth generation of welfare, food stamps, section 8 housing, cell phone programs, Medicare that never contributed a dime. The producer are “shrinking” and the parasites are growing. Thanks again for further supporting the theory that liberalism is truely a disease.

Bevan on February 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Funny how “greed,” in that context, mine for the burger and the restaurant’s greed for my dollar, ends up making us both happy.

gryphon202 on February 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

that’s not greed, actually. you’re motivated by hunger, the restaurant owner is motivated by the need to make a livelihood. greed is wanting more and more wealth for the sake of being more wealthy.

if someone’s born into wealth, and keeps his inheritance in an investment portfolio, living off the interest and not working at all, does that person “deserve to eat”? just like the person born without privilege, toiling 12-hour days for the fraction of the other person’s income? wwjd?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

you’re support

apocalypse on February 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

your

apocalypse on February 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

greed is wanting more and more wealth for the sake of being more wealthy.

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Hey! Like unions! Those darn unions, plus they pay no taxes on all those hundreds of millions.

Greed is also exhibited in the entitlement mentality that says “I deserve what you earn” … and it’s never enough.

darwin on February 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Romney’s not worried about the poor, they have their entitlements and they should keep them. He’s more worried about the middle class and how he can tax them to pay for the entitlements for the poor. See we’ve got to beef up the middle class so someone can pay for the entitlements that Rombot and his hordes never plan to deal with.

Speakeasy on February 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

When my daughter was five she could already tell you that some people pull the wagon, some people ride in the wagon, and when too many people end up in the wagon, no one wants to pull anymore.
Educating people is our only hope. How I wish this was required watching for every American!

sisterchristian on February 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Let me guess, not a math major.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Respect to Tina Korbe for this post and video

apocalypse on February 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The initial fallacious premise that entitlements are not paid for by people who receive the benefits (Social Security comes out of our paychecks, folks) pretty much invalidates this entire screed.

Constantine on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Yeah … in 2011 we took in 2.2 trillion in income and payroll taxes. In 2011 we spent 2.2 trillion on entitlements.

Get that? We spent every cent of revenue on entitlements. Every cent of income taxes went to entitlements.

darwin on February 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

If you don’t pay local, state or federal taxes then you don’t vote in local, state or federal elections!

Firmworm on February 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Who’s “Greedier”?

The person who wish to keep the fruits of his or her labor?

Or the socialist who wants to take the results of that labor at the point of a gun to buy votes?

Chip on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

wwjd?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

He said render unto Caesar what is his and render unto the Lord what is His. I’ve never found anything in the Bible that supports the government’s taking the assets of one person to give them to another. God help the wealthy for not being charitable–easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get into heaven. That said, helping those who can’t help themselves is one thing. Expecting the rich to make your life easier is nothing but envy.

Walter Williams recently had some thoughts on greed. I recommend that you read them:

http://www.creators.com/conservative/walter-williams/i-love-greed.html

http://www.creators.com/conservative/walter-williams/in-greed-i-trust.html

FWIW: why, when liberals make allusions to Christianity, they never seem to understand the Book of Proverbs?

BuckeyeSam on February 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Expecting the rich to make your life easier is nothing but envy.

BuckeyeSam on February 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

In other words … thou shalt not covet.

darwin on February 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Simply put, this is one of the best videos I’ve watched in quite some time.

Bill W. rocks.

itsnotaboutme on February 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Love ya Bill!!!

But boy do your videos piss me the frig off!

Tim_CA on February 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The sad truth is a majority of republicans seem either content with buisiness as usual or lack the cojones to do anything about it.

ldbgcoleman on February 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

FWIW: why, when liberals make allusions to Christianity, they never seem to understand the Book of Proverbs?

BuckeyeSam on February 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The biggest error they make in saying ‘Jesus was a socialist’ is that everything Jesus talked about was voluntary. Even their favorite versus from Acts (2:44-47) the ‘communism’ of those disciples was not forced upon them, it was their own free choice. Forced charity is not charity, nor is it moral.

Who is the better person? The one who gives $20 to a charity of their own free will, or the one who is forced to give that $20 to that same charity (and would not by any other means) by government decree? Who is doing a moral service? Who is more humanitarian?

kerncon on February 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

And whose fault is it? Look at the reaction to Romney’s statement that he’s not worried about the very poor, even at conservative sites like NRO from Jonah Goldberg and Mark Steyn. He’s supposed to be piously agonized over the plight of the very poor, i.e. they’re not middle class. Romney personally gives a lot to help the poor, but I see no reason why he should consider it the Government’s duty to eliminate poverty after all the trillions we’ve already poured down the drain pursuing that dream.

For example, in a nation with food stamps and all kinds of poverty programs, how is it that we’re still being told that children are going hungry and need meals at school?

flataffect on February 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM

This guy has PBS voice but nastiness of $2 whore… what a lair lol

residentblue on February 1, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Value is finding a run down house, taking the time and money to fix it up and selling it to pay you for your time and effort. value is buying a gram of gold and turning it into a beautiful and intricate ring. Value is taking the time and effort to get oil out of the ground. Value is taking crude and refining it. Value is taking pen and ink and writing a good book. Value is even taking a failing company, infusing money, reorganizing it and making it turn a profit.

Value is taking other people’s money by threat of fines and imprisonment and distributing it to others?

flicker on February 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM

By the way, the Bible indicates a fundamental right to ownership. God said: everything under the heavens is mine. He gave the promised land as a possession to Abraham and his offspring.

There is an exchange in Acts in which Peter asked: While it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?

Even charitable giving is to be voluntary by this standard.

flicker on February 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

This guy has PBS voice but nastiness of $2 whore…

Now, Blue, let’s not go bringing your mom into this…

Bill Whittle on February 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Bill Whittle on February 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Bill is in da HOOOOOUUUUSE!!!!!
Yee Haw Bill!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Love Whittle, and love the vids, including this one – but he should include at least *some* comment to the effect making a distinction between the true leeches out there and folks who are getting SS payments and such. I know how the mechanics work, but to cast SS recipients – folks who have paid *in* to SS all their lives – as simply being part of the parcel of leeches voting themselves other people’s money isn’t a very accurate depiction imo.

Other than that, the reality of the equation isn’t any different and is spot on in terms of what comes in and what is spent and upon what.

We have a problem no matter *how* you cast SS…

Midas on February 2, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Bill Whittle on February 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Hey, is this the real Bill W?

HF my man, your videos are *excellent* – I’ve shared them with a number of people who seem to get a ‘light bulb over the head A-HA” moment from the clarity and simplicity with which you deliver the material.

Very, very nicely done.

Midas on February 2, 2012 at 1:39 AM

if someone’s born into wealth, and keeps his inheritance in an investment portfolio, living off the interest and not working at all, does that person “deserve to eat”? just like the person born without privilege, toiling 12-hour days for the fraction of the other person’s income? wwjd?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

And your solution is? Do you think a christian solution would be to forcibly impoverish that individual and put them to work in the salt mines?

If I have enough wealth to leave to my children, why do you care? Once they have it, what business is it of yours what they do with it? Why do totalitarians always invoke christianity to demand things true christians would never endorse???

runawayyyy on February 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

what is ‘value’?

sesquipedalian on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

You wouldn’t know it if it bit you. Value is any, product, service, or intellectual work, for which you are willing to engage in trade for an equitable item, usually money.

This is why the tired old argument about the disparity between the salaries of English teachers and professional athletes fails so epically. People choose, willingly, to pay money to watch Tim Tebow work. He doesn’t demand it of them, but they find value in the event, so they spend money to enjoy the entertainment of competition. At any given time, a very few hundred people have the talent and opportunity to be in the NFL. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals capable of teaching in school, and the payment they received is commensurate by degree. When the viewing public starts forking over hundreds of dollars per day to observe teachers at work, when the advertisers find it profitable to commercialize at the public schools, then teacher salaries will skyrocket. Not a moment before.

Freelancer on February 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM