PRESIDENT Obama sawed away recently on one of the Democratic Party's tattier strings: "Tax the rich."
This mantra is essential to Democrats because they can't sock it to working people, where the real money is, without hitting "the rich" first.
In bashing "the rich," Obama then went revealingly wrong.
"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own," the president said.
"Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.
"Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
The subliminal message here is that government makes that happen, and continued Democratic control of it is essential to "allowing" Americans to thrive.
What a load of manure.
It is not government - politicians - who make roads and bridges possible.
It is working people who make government possible.
The Obama administration and its supporters in the U.S. Senate have returned the favor by running the national debt up to almost $16 trillion.
True, the president gave lip service to working people before he launched into his Democratic Party-as-savior mantra.
"Let me tell you," he said. "There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."
But lip service is all it is.
Obama wants desperately to keep the power to redistribute working people's money, and that of their children's children as well.
That includes the offspring of all those working people who saved the day when straight-line winds plunged West Virginia into darkness and misery.
Who makes the country work was abundantly evident in the days that followed.
The working people who support government are the real backbone of the nation.
It was utility crews who delivered the change West Virginians needed. It was the garbage crews who helped people deal with spoiled food.
It was nurses who worked on battery power. It was the tiny dynamo at the Donut Connection who served coffee to zombies all week who delivered hope.