Even Barack Obama’s Own Fundraisers Are Confused About His Anti-Success Rhetoric

Know what’s so great about the excerpts flaying Obama that you’re about to read? It’s that they’re coming from: R. Donahue Peebles, an Obama fundraiser who’s on track to raise between: “$100K and $200K”: for Obama’s reelection.

“What I get concerned about is the message from the Obama campaign that we only want someone who has not been successful to run for president. What do we want here? You can’t be successful and run the country? We don’t want somebody who has been successful to run it? That doesn’t make sense,” Peebles said.

…And so what’s happening is they’ve awakened a sleeping giant. This time around, business leaders, business executives and corporations will be involved in the political process like they’ve never been before, all because they’ve been awakened,” he said. Peebles said he does not think criticism of Romney’s time in private equity are out of bounds as long as they focus on his performance there, and said he preferred the Obama campaign spend more time focusing on Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts.But he also took issue with Obama’s recently revived talking point about raising taxes on those who make $250,000 or more a year.

“I’m so tired of hearing that the rich are not paying their fair share of taxes. Yeah we are,” Peebles said. “The super vast majority of wealthy Americans do not wake up every day and say, ‘Let’s see how we can pay less than our fair share of taxes.’ They say, ‘We’re going to follow the law and we’re going to hire some good accountants to tell us how to do it. And we’re going to pay no more or no less than our fair share.’” So to say that wealthy individuals are not paying their fair is unfair and delusional,” he said. “So what should be said is that the wealthy Americans should have their tax rates raised because we need more money. Now by the way, if they got all these tax raises it still wouldn’t put a dent in the national debt.”

…And Peebles also defended Romney from the Obama campaign’s criticisms over the candidate’s bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

“They weren’t illegal. There’s not one allegation that he didn’t pay his fair share of taxes. I will guarantee you that if you look at a large number of companies that the CEOs and so forth are supportive of this president, I would bet you that many of them have bank accounts in other countries,” Peebles said. “Offshore, when it came to organized crime and illegal activity, to have bank accounts offshore,that’s one thing, and that in conjunction with criminal conduct is something to criticize. Legal bank accounts offshore, there is not anything to criticize about.

Maybe it’s time that Americans replaced the rich President who’s telling them that wealth is bad and that everyone needs to stay poor with a rich President who wants to see as many other Americans get rich as possible?

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