In the Magnificat, Mary sings for joy that God has looked with favor on the "lowliness of his servant." Continuing in this song of praise, she speaks these words of praise:
He has show strength with his arm;he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,and lifted up the lowly;he has filled the hungry with good things,and sent the rich away empty. (Luke 1:51-54)
Jesus is said to have spoken these words after his encounter with the rich young man:
Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. (Matt. 19:23-24).
I could go on, but this is sufficient for my purpose.
All that President Obama suggested yesterday was the establishment of a new improved alternative minimum tax for those making, I believe, over one million dollars a year. He's simply asking that those who have been "blessed" with material goods in this life pay a fair share into the pot. After all, they benefit too!
The idea that President Obama is launching class warfare is really pretty silly, as it's nothing of the kind. The reality is that we have entered a period of history where the difference in income between the wealthiest Americans and the poorest has reached epic proportions. Consider for a moment this scene. The former CEO of Yahoo is fired and takes with him a 9 million dollar severance. That would hire quite a few workers, one would think. We are living at a time when the middle class, which is the foundation of democratic society is shrinking. Good paying jobs that built our nation's fabric are hard to find, and we've reached the point where there is resentment not at what CEO's are making, but what others in the middle class are making -- especially civil servants and teachers.
If you want class warfare -- turn to the Prophets. They have lots to say about the rich exploiting the poor. President Obama isn't launching one -- he's just sort of trying to find some funds to pay for a debt rung up on wars that weren't paid for and a Medicare drug plan that wasn't paid for, and tax cuts that weren't paid for. If there is a class war being launched it's being launched from other sectors -- against the middle class and the poor.