Barack Obama’s great advantage in this campaign has been the nearly total lack of any publicly available information, other than two books he wrote about himself, that would give voters a sense of his character or his core beliefs. In the prologue to his second book Senator Obama wrote:
…I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.
Senator Obama has used his blank screen status to maximum advantage throughout this campaign by making sure his past remains mostly a mystery. His speeches and commercials, laced with phrases like “believe in yourselves,” do indeed encourage voters to project their own views upon him and thus become persuaded that he agrees with them. He stirs emotions by calling for “change” without fully disclosing the changes he has in mind.
In his brief encounter with the now famous Joe the Plumber Senator Obama inadvertently gave us a clue to his core beliefs when he said the intent of his economic proposals was to “spread the wealth around.”
In this interview Senator Obama openly advocates redistribution of wealth. He expresses regrets that the civil rights movement failed to bring about government ordered “redistributive change.” Click on the microphone to hear the four minute tape.
In our Second report on Obamanomics we provided another window into Obama’s core beliefs, by listing the eight wealth redistribution programs Obama has promised to enact if he is elected.
Apparently, he has managed to decieve a lot of voters by calling these programs “tax cuts,” and structuring them as, in the language of washington, “Refundable Tax Credits.” This means that rather than apply for a cash benefit, individuals and families fill out a forms to file with their tax returns to automatically receive the full amount of the cash benefit in the form of a so-called “tax credit,” even if it exceeds their tax obligation, even if their tax obligation is $0.