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Spreading the Wealth « The Washington Independent

LEESBURG, Va. — As the Palin campaign rolled through this exurban neighborhood, members of the traveling press were surprised when the bus lurched to a stop.

We were in a neighborhood of spacious two-story homes with two- and three-car garages. While built in the past five to 10 years, the architecture of the houses was reminiscent of the stately styles of old parts of Alexandria. The houses did not have a cookie-cutter feel about them. There were many different models, complete with brick facades and manicured, sprawling lawns.

Just as I was thinking how prosperous this neighborhood must be, the bus turned a corner and I saw a beautiful new home whose windows were boarded up. There was a notice attached to the front door with red tape.

I thought of that abandoned house when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit Sen. Barack Obama for wanting to “spread the wealth” during her rally here. The crowd cheered when she said it wasn’t time to “experiment with that,” suggesting that Obama’s policy of taxing the highest-income earners amounts to socialism.

I’m imagining the former owner of that house wasn’t here today cheering.

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