I'm speaking about two battling philosophies. Our founders fought for a nation of individual states. Not a nation controlled by a single central government. Read the Constitution. Federal government is strictly limited in it's rights and jurisdiction. All other matters of sovereign authority was granted to the states. They did this for a reason. It established a government, but maintained the crucial philosophy of individualism. States rights, individually. Not collectively.
The philosophy of the left is one of collectivism. And the results in history are destruction. Communism is the epitome of collective philosophy, which is why it's called "communism". It has never worked, and has done nothing but destroy the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Robbed them of freedom. Starved them to death. And you say collectivism is healthy for our society? That's like saying a thimble of arsenic is good for your health.
It's the entire philosophy I'm questioning. The philosophy of Obama and the far left. When it comes to a person's profits, they are eager to promote collectivism. But when it comes to aborting a baby, it's all about individual freedom.
So tell me, what is it you want from businesses and business owners? You want us to pay more taxes? Ok, for what purpose? You want me to hire more people than I need? Ok, for what purpose? You want to pay taxes on how much my cattle fart? Ok, for what purpose? You want me to pay taxes on money invested overseas? Ok, for what purpose? Or do you simply want me to bow at the alter of government and give them all the credit for my success?
Just because there is a road outside, doesn't mean I will be successful. So, let's put a percentage of importance on it. 1% of my success is because the road exists, but 99% of my success is because of me. Not you, not society, not government. Me. Obama is taking credit for something government doesn't provide anyway. WE paid for those roads. WE paid for those bridges. WE paid for that good teacher along the way. It's his narcicisric need to feel important. "look at what I did, I had that road built for everyone to use". Big freakin deal, we paid for it.
You shouldn't brag about doing your job. It's your job. But his philosophy seeks to convince people that government is just as important in your success as you are. That's BS and you know it. People can do far better for themselves than government ever could.
Government has a role, but it isn't to help my business succeed. It's a shame so many free minded Americans think that.
Can you cite these alleged 4000 new regulations that are driving them out of business? Pardon me if I question that fantastic number, but as of last October the Obama administration had only approved 613 new federal regulations TOTAL.
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
Hois even worse than ours.w can you blame Obama? The whole world's econom blamersis much worse than ours.Instead, you obama blamers should get down on your knees and pray to your god of choice for giving us such a great president who keept our economy from collasping after bush's administration squandere4d clinton's surplus.
If the ACA counts as only one, it has a rather hefty price tag on it.
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That being said, I think that Obama has governed 180 degrees differently than the 2004 speech that set him on his way and his campaign of hope and change. Including doing away with the way government worked or better said does not work.
I am against pitting American against American, even if the people being put down are the most privileged amongst us. I feel that for much of the last four years we have been blaming, Bush, bankers, creditors, the rich ( 250K does not constitute rich in the NE), insurance companies... The list foes on.
So if this was one blip that stood outside the way he has governed the last 3+ years perhaps I could be persuaded to your side on this. But with the track record of the administration it seems you be a blind Obama loyalist to not see this speech in the totality of his administration.
The profit margin for oil and gas industry stands at a meager 7%. That's it. They also account for about 8% of the entire GDP of the country. And last year alone, Exxon paid the federal government $86 million dollars PER DAY! About 36 Billion for the year in royalties, bonuses, and corporate taxes. $86 million a day pal. Meanwhile, Exxon received about 1 billion in tax breaks. So the question is "who is subsidizing who?"
In addition to all that, the government receives more money out of a gallon of gas than the company who brought it all the way to market does. Scabs! They succeed DESPITE the government.
And the EPA has passed over 4000 new regulations on one industry.....energy. It's even posted on the white house website. It's common knowledge for those who actually read instead of watch CNN.
Businesses know that Obama is no friend to business. He's a central government collectivist who believes government facilitates success.
You honestly think he values free market principles? Ha! Then why does he work harder at increasing welfare roles than he does creating jobs? Why is his administration offering a $75,000 reward for anyone who can develop innovative ways to increase welfare roles? Why is he issuing waivers to the work requirement for welfare programs that Clinton signed into law? Why does he increase unemployment benefits out to 99 weeks? None of these things promote individual responsibility. They promote government reliance and entitlement and dependency. Why do idiot liberals like Pelosi believe the best way to stimulate the economy is to increase unemployment benefits? Why do liberals like Maxine Waters suggest the best thing to do would be to "socialize....uh, um, basically, uh take over and run your company"?
You're not fooling anyone. I know exactly who leftists are. They're just too cowardly to admit what they really are.
I am indeed an Obama supporter, but that does not mean that I support everything he has said or done. Nonetheless, I do think he has been handled a huge bag of shytt and has actually managed to have some success in, at least in part, addressing some huge problems we are facing in this nation. HealthCare is the big one for me and if he accomplishes nothing else, this alone will I believe, mark him as a great president once all the dust settles and we begin to see the results through the cloud of all of the alarmist conservative rhetoric on this policy.
I too am against pitting American against American and I hear the right constantly screaming about Obama fomenting class warfare. Well, I actually believe that class warfare can actually be a bit healthy, especially if one of the classes is stepping on the neck of the other. The rich have been getting richer and their share of the pie is continuing to grow and has been for several decades now. I think middle-class and poor Americans have every right to be ticked off about this. If you want to call this "class warfare" then so be it.