By Neal Boortz
As Barack Obama hits the campaign train he’s cranking up the townhall-style events. These are events where Obama’s trusty teleprompter fails to make an appearance. But this also happens to be when we hear the true Obama … off the cuff, unscripted. So Obama did a townhall meeting yesterday the other day on the economy, and there we heard this little exchange with an audience member asking about jobs:
OBAMA: … part of the problem is not just folks who don’t have work. It’s also folks who have work seeing their incomes flat-line, and that is a decade-long trend. That’s part of the reason I ran for President was because too many folks were losing ground. Between 2000 and 2009, during that decade, the average income for American families actually went down. Even though, as you said, the stock market was booming, corporate profits were way up, CEO pay was-
SMITH: Up 27 percent in the last year.
OBAMA: That’s exactly right. So part of what’s happened also is some structural changes in the economy, where it used to be that there was broad-based shared prosperity, now if companies are doing really well, they’re not necessarily hiring back workers. They’re just figuring out how to do more with fewer workers. That may increase profits, but it doesn’t help folks who are looking for a job, and oftentimes, that outlook puts a lot of pressure on the people who are already on the job. So, some of the changes that are taking place in the economy are ones that took a decade or two to get to, and it’s gonna take us several years for us to get back to where we need to be.
So here we have Barack Obama, a community organizer, admitting that part of the reason that he ran for president is because “too many folks were losing ground.” Interesting. There are two ways as an elected official to help people who are “losing ground.”
#1: You foster an economic environment which allows the private sector to thrive and the free market to create businesses, which in turn hire workers and make a profit.
#2: You use the police power of government to seize wealth from those who have it and redistribute it to those who are “losing ground.”
Now, consider what you know about Barack Obama …
- We have a man who was raised in a household where his main fatherly influence was a dedicated Marxist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis.
- Consider what we know of his days as a college student who realized that he could use government as a viable means of social change.
- Consider his statements on the campaign trail: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody” or “I would raise capital gains taxes for the purposes of fairness.”
I’m going with option #2: redistributing the wealth. But even if you wanted to argue that Obama wants to help those “losing ground” by becoming president and bolstering our economy to help people earn a better living ….. then why would he go on in his townhall meeting to essentially demonize the very businesses that would hire people. Remember he said, “… it used to be that there was broad-based shared prosperity, now if companies are doing really well, they’re not necessarily hiring back workers. They’re just figuring out how to do more with fewer workers. That may increase profits, but it doesn’t help folks who are looking for a job.”
Barack Obama is demonizing the way in which private companies are doing business in these poor economic times. Obama seems to think that the primary purpose of these businesses is to hire workers. He is wrong. The primary purpose of a business is to make money. Obama and the liberals can’t seem to wrap their brains around this concept. These businesses have no obligation to hire workers and “share the prosperity.” However, maybe these businesses WOULD be more willing to hire workers if our federal government would quit threatening to increase taxes on small businesses and get rid of asinine government regulations that only hamper growth. Barack Obama does not want to admit that his solution – government – is part of the problem. Instead, he blames private businesses for increasing their profits and not hiring workers.
That is the world according to Barack Obama.