Nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host Mike Gallagher lamented this morning that his failure to sell his own house, that he recently placed on the market, was due to the psychological effects burdening the wealthy resulting from the class warfare propagated by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats.
Gallagher was attempting to make the case that the economic policies of Democrats in D.C. have driven fear into the rich, which has translated into the wealthy being too scared to spend their money. As a result, wealth is not having the 'trickle down effect' on the nation's working class who rely on the nation's upper class for jobs.
As an example, Gallagher criticized the Obama administration for embarrassing the nation's business leaders:
"After the big corporate jet fiasco - where Obama decided to demonize executives who travel on private planes - but what about the mechanics? What about the flight attendants who work in that industry? What about the pilots? What about the people whose livelihood depends on those corporate jets? I mean - who do you think pays for corporate jets? That's the joke here - that's the consequence of class envy and class warfare."
Gallagher then explained how Democratic class warfare is impacting his own life, and his recent (unsuccessful) attempt to sell his house. The talk show host began by touting what a nice home has has:
"I decided to put my house on the market. Three weeks. And it's a house - and I'm not bragging - it's a house with a 'wow factor.' You walk into the house and you go, 'Wow.' It's got all the nice little bells and whistles, it's got the electric shades that go up and down, and the sound system, and the beautiful pool. I'm a lucky guy. Three weeks - not a single phone call."
Gallagher, who hosts a successful show with one of the Top 10 largest audiences in the country, admitted he was in a comfortable situation and did not need to sell the house. However, he still tried to connect the dots of Democratic economic policies with why the house wasn't selling:
"Now again, I'm not complaining - cuz I'm blessed, I'm fortunate. If I don't sell it, I don't sell it. Fine - I'll live in the house for the next few years and no big deal. But isn't it fascinating that this beautiful home - not one, not even a phone call! Who knows what the reason is. I think the reason is people are terrified. People are terrified. And they're not ready to buy a house and they're not going to build....so, you know, thanks President Obama. Thanks House and Senate Democrats - you're doing a great job."
Gallagher's big-picture criticism is on what he characterizes as the redistribution of wealth that is occurring under the current Democratic rule: "Socialism is here," he told call-in guest Pat Buchanan on last Friday's show. Gallagher believes the Democrats are causing people to be 'terrified,' particularly those wealthy people who could afford to purchase his beautiful home, because:
"Now the message is, because of all of the onerous spending orgy that our government is engaged in...'Wait a minute, I better not write that check right now. I can't - because the world is coming to an end - I can't afford it.'"
Dripping with irony, Gallagher, a fierce proponent of 'individual responsibility,' recently lambasted home buyers facing foreclosure who had purchased homes they could not afford and were seeking bailout money or to have the federal government intervene and stop foreclosures. Last week, Gallagher highlighted the story of a bus driver who had purchased an $800K home, which is now only worth $600K:
"I dare you to feel sorry for her...how about this, honey? Pay your mortgage!"
In short, Gallagher believes in individual responsibility and the importance of microeconomic behavior when it comes to people who can't afford their mortgages, but attributes (Democratic) macroeconomic governmental policies for his inability to sell his own house.
Gallagher, by the way, did not mention the listing price of his home on the air.
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