Under my skin

Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.

So says President-elect Obama in his interview with George Stephanopoulos.  Fair enough, says I.  Because I’ve had my skin in the game for decades.  My husband and I have written a lot of five-figure checks to the IRS over the years.  I’m just wondering whose skin he’s talking about, and thinking it’s pretty likely more skin from people like us, who have plenty of skin in the game already.

Don’t get me wrong.  I understand the necessity of taxes.  I don’t mind writing a check to pay my fair share for national defense and other necessary expenses.  I do mind Mr. I Am the Change You Need implying that I’m not paying my fair share, that I don’t have any “skin in the game.”  I mind the hell out of that.

I’ve been pretty quiet about the Prez-elect since the election, haven’t made any snide comments about any of his cabinet picks.  I’ve been waiting till he’s actually in office, actually doing things.  But this “skin in the game” comment really got, well, under my skin.

Comments 2

  1. Bowden Russell wrote:

    Yeah, isn’t the “Great one” funny? How about, for a change, his supporters-young people in college, most of whom don’t pay income taxes and the inner city poor-put some skin into the game?

    His inner city constitutients, like the illegals who never pay taxes, are nothing more than leeches.

    What Obama really mean’s is “hey productive, hard-working Republican voter, you’re going to have to pony up more green.” He knows his parasitic constituents, for the most part, have nothing to give with respect to taxes-they are a drain on the Republic, for the most part.

    When Obama offers to solve this crisis by implementing a national sales tax-say 10%-then I’ll view him as the President who really tried to bring us together.

    Posted 12 Jan 2009 at 7:25 pm
  2. Grue in the Attic wrote:

    I should like to keep my skin, Mr. Obama. It keeps all my vital pieces in their proper place, and stuff.

    Perhaps we can interest you in some of this new synthetic substitute?

    Posted 12 Jan 2009 at 10:48 pm

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