President Obama went to the well with a time-worn cliche about how Romney’s tax policy is a sort of “Robin Hood In Reverse” scheme, where instead of “taking from the rich to give to the poor”, Romney is doing the exact opposite: taxing everyone else more to give the greedy rich folks a tax cut. Never mind things like the Obamacare tax which will hit the middle class far worse than the rich; there’s a much bigger problem with this analogy that has bugged me and many others on the Right for a long time.
Who were Robin Hood’s enemies? Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Were they the corporate fat cats of their day? No…they were the government. And how did they get the money? Not through the marketplace or enterprise, but by taxing the people into oblivion. Robin Hood stole their money and gave it not to the “poor”, per se, but to the people whose money it rightfully was in the first place: the taxpayers.
So if Robin Hood thought that the government was unfairly confiscating people’s hard-earned wealth and using that money to support its own corrupt largesse — which is exactly what we on the Right think today — then “Robin Hood In Reverse” would be the king of big government liberals. The actual Robin Hood would have been much more like the average Tea Partier, just with a touch of vigilante-ish behavior about him. (Despite the Left’s narrative, the Tea Party does not commit crimes — justifiable or not — to make its point.)
The point, of course, is that the Left has been using an analogy that is 180 degrees out-of-phase for decades. It would do them some good to read a book sometime.