Pay up, schmuck.

That’s what I heard in Barack Obama’s response to a 34-year-old plumber in Ohio, who asked Obama, “your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” The plumber was quoted in online news accounts as saying that he was being taxed “more and more for fulfilling the American dream.”

“It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama was quoted as saying. “I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too.

“My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Let’s get one thing for sure. This column is going to be partisan, and people who already agree with me will say “I agree with the cat juggler.” People who already don’t agree with me will say “I don’t agree with the cat juggler.”

I worry about coming off like some partisan loon, as there are plenty of those around. I know there are people who passionately believe in Obama. If that’s you, please forgive me that I don’t.

And I’m not against Obama because of his party or because of any other reason. I don’t like his socialist ideas. Neither do I claim that McCain is perfect.

OK, back to Obama’s idea of spreading the wealth around. What’s that mean? It means the politician taketh (from producers) and the politician giveth (to non-producers). The “S” word.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to help the needy, but how does it help - how is it just - to force money away from producers and redistribute it among non-producers? How does that do anything but punish the former and reward the latter?

Andrea Tantaros, in a column posted on foxnews.com, compared Obama to Santa Claus, promising “a long list of goodies” he can’t deliver.

“ … The high Obama has his followers feeling will wear off and bring with it a harsh, depressing reality when they come down,” Tantaros wrote. “McCain must warn voters desperate for a rise that Obama is a gateway drug to socialism and economic ruin to which we must just say no.

“ … He cannot do what he says. He will turn the tax code into a welfare system …”

I had never thought of the “Santa” analogy. I have, however, seen the deification of Obama by many of his supporters. It isn’t so much that there’s a messiah complex among many of his supporters, but a belief that he is the messiah, the First Coming of the socialist savior.

I first realized he’s been deified when I saw I saw a video of enraptured-looking children in Venice, Calif., “Sing for Change.”

Lyrics include phrases such as “We’re gonna spread happiness, we’re gonna spread freedom, Obama’s gonna change it, Obama’s gonna lead ‘em, sing for joy and sing abundant peace, courage, justice, hope!”

In another video, eighth- and ninth-grade students in Missouri are seen chanting “Alpha. Omega. Alpha. Omega,” then telling the things Obama inspired them to do.

Those who think Obama is their messiah are going to find out he can’t change their lives, can’t fix what’s wrong in their lives.

I know the national media picked Obama a long time ago, and they’ve declared Obama as the winner. While that certainly is a strong possibility, I’m not conceding anything yet.

Way, way off on a tangent … “Every time you pass a cop, why do you look in that thing?”

That’s what my just-turned-11-year-old asked me recently, pointing at my car’s rear-view mirror.

Doesn’t mean a thing, I tell you.

“Have you ever gotten a ticket, Dad?” he asked.

Of course not, my son.

Steve Nash writes his column for the Brownwood Bulletin on Thursdays. He may be reached by e-mail at steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com.