According to this report in the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor, John Edwards has big plans for America should he become the 44th President. Namely, he’ll follow the ideals of our 32nd President, Franklin Roosevelt.

Seems Johnny Haircut wants to enact a collection of New Deal-like programs that would, among other things, raise the minimum wage to $9.50/hour, underwrite universal pre-kindergarten (I guess nap time is constitutionally protected) and provide “College for Everyone.”

At least Edwards is upfront about how he’ll pay for all this bloat-in-waiting: he’ll tax the bejeepers out of folks. Raising marginal tax rates and upping the capital gains tax. Why? Because he wants people to sacrifice for the greater good. No, really, he does:

“I think if we want to fund the things that I think are important to share in prosperity, then people who have done well in this country, including me, have more of a responsibility to give back,” he said. Later, he added: “There are no free meals.”

Hey, I concur that people of means – even a little means – should be generous in giving to charitable causes. I just think the government is the absolutely worst organization in the country to either tell me how much to give or be in charge of who gets what. I came to this radical view by reading history books. Crazy.

Plus, I think it’s pretty ironic how someone who’s supposed to be a representative of the party of choice wants to take away my right to choose how I donate my hard-earned money. Ponder that for a moment.

And the moment’s gone.

Perhaps someone should remind John that the New Deal didn’t really do much to get America out of the Great Depression. In fact, there are those who argue that such federal largesse actually extended the economic malaise it was intended to relieve.

I could go on about the poor economic theory behind high taxes, but I’ll just point out a little something called Europe. Also, in the Monitor article, Edwards brings up the left’s favorite poverty figure: that 37 million Americans live in its clutches. According to the Census Bureau definition, that’s true. According to common sense, not so much.

Seriously, why can’t the government just stick to building highways and running the military? At least they do one of those things well. And it’s not the former.

So please, do not vote for this man. Personally, I haven’t decided on a candidate. Shoot, I just turned 35; maybe I’ll toss my hat in the ring. See how far my $63 in mad money gets me.