John Brock: Can “Community Organizers” make good US presidents?
As president of these United States, Barack Obama has proved to be an outstanding “Community Organizer.” But what we really need is a leader of ALL Americans — not just an isolated community.
The principal life experience of the current president before entering politics and eventually becoming head of the world's number one economy was organizing less productive citizens in demanding their “fair” share of life's bounties whether they have earned it nor not. That's what Community organizers do — raise protests and demand entitlements while ignoring the facts of economic life.
A good example of the community-organizing tactics is displayed in the administration's attempt to raise a ruckus among many Americans regarding the over-hyped disasters that were predicted to befall America if grossly increased government spending is reduced by a mere two percent by the so-called “Sequester” — an idea that originated in the White House.
According to the stories we were fed, planes will fall from the sky, kids will go hungry, schools will close, crime will overtake our streets and Armageddon will reign if we don't immediately restore the Sequester budget cuts that amount to only a fraction of what the government wastes in just a month.
Disaster was predicted in an attempt to whip opponents into line and raise taxes even higher than the increases that went into effect January 1. The tactics employed by the President to make his wishes come true are dishonest.
President Obama's dire predictions are not coming true and he is having a hard time facing that fact but this administration will work hard to make them come to fruition even though it will be harmful to American life. The House of Representatives offered him the opportunity to shuffle money around and move monies toward more important items and leave only the frivolous ones to suffer. But he declined. He still hopes Americans will suffer and force Congress to enact his ever-expanding taxes.
I'm afraid that the president and others in Congress either don't understand economics or they purposefully are willing to let Americans endure unnecessary hardships for strictly political reasons.
A large portion of congress and the president himself have never held an executive position in life. Neither President Obama nor a large segment of Congress have a real notion of economics. Their demands seem to always be predicated on the distribution of wealth and privilege regardless of whether the recipients of such proposed largess have earned it or not.
Too many folks have been led to believe that government can produce wealth when in fact only the participants in a Free Enterprise system are really able to do so. Everything else is sheer folly. Those who adhere to other views are staring blindly into the pages of history.
This nation became the most prosperous civilization in all of mankind. It was not accomplished by greater armies, more natural resources or a superior intelligence. Our economic success can be directly attributed to our system of Free Enterprise — a concept that allows all of us to enjoy the fruits of our own labor. Led by a misguided administration, we are about to blow it! Their dream of a “Heaven-on Earth, Europe-in-America” will surely lead to our downfall.
Good Community Organizers like our president can convince groups of folks that they deserve more and that they don't enjoy unearned success because those at the top (job producers) are exploiting them and should be forced to share the wealth. The more they can convince these groups that class-warfare is in their best interest, the more successful the community organizer is considered. They ignore the fact that top earners and investors are already footing the lion's share of federal income.
The so-called exploited citizens become convinced that excessive, wasteful spending is NOT the cause of our nation's problems. NO! It's that a few folks are making much more than their share of American wealth. It follows that the solution is to take away from those who worked hard, taken risks and who have been successful and force them to divide with those who for various reasons have not been able to or just won't take advantage of the same elements that made the successful, successful. Thusly, we have the solution of all of the nation's problems. We just have to continually increase taxes on the successful — those who produce jobs for the rest of us, until all our problems are solved.
Our ills have been created by an out-of-control spending spree that has lasted for years and has resulted in 17-trillion dollars of debt. It doesn't seem to penetrate the minds of Community Organizers and others that perhaps we need to curb wasteful and extravagant spending. Where has commonsense disappeared to? Don't economic idiots understand that when we reach the balance point when it is no longer profitable to invest in new jobs and businesses, the successful folks in America will withdraw their after-tax wealth from enterprise and bury it in a Mason jars in their backyards?
Early in my business career, a friend told me that the easiest solution to a sad financial statement was to raise prices. A businessperson must first look at his costs and ask, “Can I cut costs? Can I operate more efficiently, etc.?” Not so with government, the solution always is “Increase taxes!” And if that's not enough raise 'em again. Such folly. But that's exactly what we are witnessing in our national life. And with this administration.
Therein, lays the primary problem with having a Community Organizer sitting in the White House.
John Brock is a retired newspaper editor/publisher and college professor. He can be reached by mail at this newspaper or by Email at: email@example.com.
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