I think this is a good example of how Obama tries to divide the nation according to “we and they” . He is cherry picking results and leaving out any culpability on the part of Democrats. (or the Whitehouse)
Here is the video to watch for yourself:
In this little video Obama’s very first point is about how prosperity was NEVER a result of Big Business’ s success. And then he mentions (positively) Henry Ford who was one of the VERY FIRST of the owners of a big company. In fact it was Henry Ford who began paying a wage high enough so that his own workers could buy one of the cars they were making. This had NOTHING to do with a government regulation. (or unions) (But Obama uses it as an example) ?His main point seems to be that the economy has not improved even though we have had some significant tax cuts in the last decade. He is right that the economy is bad. But the tax cuts probably saved it from being a LOT WORSE. Tax cuts are for everybody, by the way. No one is saying the middle should be taxed at a higher rate, in fact the idea is to reduce rates for everyone.
?Mostly Obama keeps hammering away at points that are meant to make the rich sound bad rather than something to aspire to. He continually divides the people over these made up ?%? numbers and repeats over and over again about tax cuts without ever mentioning the way in which the government has figured into the current downturn. ?He did mention that people were practically ‘strong armed’ into buying houses they could not afford. That was certainly not anything ?done to them? by the rich. That was a political move. Congress forced the banks to make those loans. They were trying to get everyone in a house of their own. But they were doing it without bothering to take into consideration whether the people could afford these houses. It was criminal.
?In the video there are pictures of windmills and solar panels and the implication that we must get ourselves self sufficient in energy by using these things. This he tried and failed expensively at doing. These forms of energy may work eventually. They may be better than fossil fuels, though I am not sure about them because there are a lot of hidden costs and ingredients to those sorts of energy production.?However, we can become energy self sufficient right here, right now with oil and gas. The fact that Obama has stonewalled that, and refused to approve that pipeline which would provide so many jobs is amazing. He is bound and determined to be the one to change the direction of the country when it comes to energy. But we are not accustomed, nor do we wish to be, to have ONE MAN change our direction. We are a diverse nation of independent minded people. We are often wrong. But we lumber along as a collection of states all of whom are very different, and often have very different goals. We like it that way.? No one is saying that there should be no regulations. No one.? But many of the regulations we have already are crushing those who wish to start new businesses. Obama says in the video that it is the ?strong, growing middle class? that creates jobs and he is at least mostly right about that. But in order to create them there has to be enough ?give ? in the economy so that people have some feeling of stability, some certainty that things are not going to change for the worse without warning. Right now there is huge uncertainty in the business community. People are scared to scale up. They are afraid to hire more employees. Health care could make it too expensive, or taxes could suck away all the money for payroll.
Government Programs and taxes do not create jobs. And they certainly do not create prosperity. In fact they are the very thing that stifles job growth. People who are not wealth creators often do not understand this. And of course the huge percentage of people who are living off of the government ?dole? or disability payments do not understand this. They are easily fooled by Obama?s rhetoric. Don?t be one of those.