Monday, November 8, 2010

"Grows On Trees"

Victor Davis Hanson:

Obama seems to think that making money is a casual enterprise, not nearly so difficult as community organizing, and without the intellectual rigor of academia — as if profits leap out of the head of Zeus. I say that not casually or slanderously, but based on the profile of his cabinet appointments, his and his wife’s various speeches relating Barack Obama’s own decision to shun the supposed easy money of corporate America for more noble community service in Chicago, and a series of troubling ad hoc, off-the-cuff revealing statements like the following:

As a state legislator Barack Obama lamented the civil rights movement’s reliance on the court system to ensure equality-of-result social justice rather than working through legislatures, which were the “actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.” To Joe Wurzelbacher, he breezily scoffed that “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.” When Charlie Gibson pressed presidential candidate Obama on his desire to hike capital gains taxes when historically such policies have decreased aggregate federal revenue, a startled Obama insisted that the punitive notion, not the money, was the real issue: “Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” And as President Obama, again in an off-handed matter, he suggested that the state might have an interest on what individuals make: “I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

The president, like so many others on the left, does not grasp that wealth is created -- and, the following year, re-created. To him, wealth consists in money, not the goods produced by farmers, manufacturers and miners. And since money is printed by the the government, the accumulation of wealth is simply a matter of who can lobby hardest for it.

Thus, his attitude that wealth (money) must be redistributed from those with clout to those supposedly without power. The very idea that wealth is not distributed, but earned through the labor that turns dirt into food and supersonic aircraft, has never crossed his mind; and presented with that knowledge now, he would surely reject it for fear of seeing a lifetime's cherished beliefs shown to be nothing but ignorance.

And ignorance, he will never admit.

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