Monday, July 16, 2012

Obama's True Colors Make Right See Red

“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own…. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” – Barack Hussein Obama

Obama’s True Colors Make Right See Red
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 16, 2012

Christmas and Chanukah have come early for the Mitt Romney campaign – as it is not about black and white, but instead it is about red and green.

This is Barak Obama’s Joe the Plumber moment. During the 2008 campaign, Obama spoke one on one with Ohio plumber Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who has since become a candidate for Congress himself. Obama told Wurzelbacher that “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

True colors, Obama outed himself as more than just a far left Democrat, but someone who believes in the redistribution of wealth. That the haves should give to the have nots. This is not a belief in capitalism, but instead, socialism bordering on communism – the red menace.

It’s all about context, will claim the left-wing, lame-stream media in defense of its hero, Obama, who unleashed a firestorm when he brazenly announced that all those successful businesses in the United States owe their success to the government and not the hard working men and women who risked their own capital, time, ingenuity and sanity in the quest for the next best – fill in the blank – widget, underwater phone, or intestinal camera.

Those are Obama’s words above – direct from the Socialist in Chief’s mouth at a speech given in Roanoke, VA. The words that demonize personal wealth and investment; that denigrate those entrepreneurs who risked their personal capital, created something due to their own inventiveness, hired people to work and see that plan drawn up at the kitchen table become a three dimensional reality.

These entrepreneurs have earned their green and deserve to keep as much of it as possible. Those people who did not create businesses, wealth, or take the risks are not entitled to nickel one from those who earned their success.

One does not need a Ph.D. in political science to understand what Obama means, where he is coming from, and to where he is going. What little of his life known to the public has been a blueprint straight from the Saul Alinsky playbook Rules for Radicals (1971). Obama is a classic statist – the belief that government should control the economy and/or social policy – the complete antithesis of the creation by America’s Founding Fathers.

Obama’s conversation with Joe the Plumber and his speech in Virginia were not gaffes. He’s got Joe Biden for that. Those words, direct from Obama, is Obama in his truest incarnation. He damns success and wants people to be ashamed of it as he continues to be the Divider in Chief – playing the class warfare card to its utmost pinnacle.

Yes, roads, bridges, and tunnels are typically government projects. But they are funded with the people’s money – taxpaying Americans who have achieved success and are paying their fair share to ensure that people can get back and forth to work for that successful businessperson who pays their salaries and wages. The businessmen and women who pay their taxes to ensure the safety of the public domain so people can spend their money on the products that made that businessman and woman a success.

Obama cited Henry Ford as someone whose success was predicated upon government. Like the age old question, which came first, the chicken or the egg, did Henry Ford build cars for the existing roads, or were roads built to serve a growing need due to the new automobile industry? Ford’s expanding auto industry spawned the need for more roads to be built, not the other way around.

(Oh, FYI – the chicken came first. On the fourth day, “G-d created… all the winged birds of every kind.” [Genesis 1:21])

As for the claim by Obama that “there was a great teacher somewhere in your life,” that may be true. As an educator, there’s an enormous amount of pride to boast when a student succeeds. But make no mistake; those teachers are paid for with the property taxes afforded by successful Americans able to own their own homes. Again, no need to further prime the pump, Mr. Obama.

Obama is so anti-business, it’s no surprise he is calling for the raising of the tax rates on dividends and capital gains. Both are currently taxed at 15 percent, but if Obama has his way, the tax rate on capital gains will rise to 23.8 percent and dividends will be taxed at an astronomical rate of 43.3 percent. ( This will send the stock market into a tither just prior to those new rates kicking in. People will be less willing to risk their capital when the returns will be so diminished, thanks to Obama’s desire to punish the risk takers. Where is the reward for those people taking the risks?

With the potential for fewer people to take risks, invest, or open businesses, unemployment will continue to rise, and, eventually the economy will be crippled by more people being dependent upon government largesse which will ultimately dry up as the tax coffers progressively dissipate.

More investments and jobs will be driven overseas to more friendly economies as this administration continues to call for stark reductions in the defense budget and still refuses to balance its own budget as debt figures approach $16 trillion.

Obama should answer the following: if government is responsible for the success of business due to the existence of taxpayer funded public school teachers, is the same government responsible for the increasing numbers of drop outs?

If government is responsible for the success of business due to the existence of taxpayer funded roads, bridges, and tunnels, is government responsible for the drunk drivers that inhabit the same infrastructure?

If government is responsible for the success of business due to the existence of taxpayer funded research creating the internet, is government responsible for the cyber stalkers who prey on children?

Government is nothing without the entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators, who erect, create, hire and fill the tax coffers to allow government to build the roads, bridges, tunnels, cyber infrastructure, public airwaves of television and radio and public schools.

Obama’s words were “insulting to every entrepreneur and innovator in America,” said Romney. Of course Romney is right in his assertion, and as a businessman who saved the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, he would know.

Government more often than not interferes with business. It overregulates business to the point of pushing it out of the United States. Even the simplest business – that of a child’s lemonade stand. In this era of uber-litigiousness, a permit costing more than the child might reasonably expect to earn is crushing young entrepreneurship.

Rugged individualism is the cornerstone upon which the United States was founded, built, and expanded from sea to shining sea. Yet, with the Obama administration, government is to be praised as the reason behind anyone’s success. According to the Obama blueprint, the only good jobs are government jobs. This is an abandonment of capitalism that could lead to the dilution of the Republic.

It is not too late to change course back to the direction intended by the Founding Fathers and give Romney, a proven business success, a chance to right the ship that is America.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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