Life is not a pizza, Mr. President

You sent a message to America in your re-election campaign. Therefore you sent a message to the world. The message is that we live in a zero-sum universe.

There is a fixed amount of good things. Life is a pizza. If some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box. You had no answer to Mitt Romney’s argument for more pizza parlors baking more pizzas. The solution to our problems, you said, is redistribution of the pizzas we’ve got—with low-cost, government-subsidized pepperoni somehow materializing as the result of higher taxes on pizza-parlor owners.

In this zero-sum universe there is only so much happiness. The idea is that if we wipe the smile off the faces of people with prosperous businesses and successful careers, that will make the rest of us grin.

There is only so much money. The people who have money are hogging it. The way for the rest of us to get money is to turn the hogs into bacon.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • kevindf

    Obama has never taken a course in economics, so what did you expect?

    • The Whistler

      At the pizza shop Obama is the one that wants your pizza even if he’s already got his own.

  • awfulorv

    How long before some low life legislator proposes a Luxury tax similar to that which major league baseball teams must adhere to? Not long, I’d wager. If you take a cruise, a holiday in France, or a trip to a football game in Texas, you will be required to pay an additional tax because, it’s apparent, you can afford to do these things and therefore, it’s reasoned, the added expenditure wont affect your lifestyle. Or, since they’re redistributing wealth and, if truth be told, happiness, perhaps you’ll be required to take a poor person, and/or their family, along with you on your, heretofore, relaxing sojourns. Don’t doubt, for a moment, that Senor Holder, and the Exalted One, have forgotten their mission to bring us all together, thereby ensuring that we might all, finally, “Just get along”.