by William Teach | December 23, 2011 9:16 am
Sheriff Joe has an editorial out today at the Des Moines Register, attempting to influence the Iowa electorate, and doesn’t seem to understand the irony in calling for an entrepreneurial spirit and the interference and sponsorship of Big Government
(220.127.116.11*) Headline: Vice President: This is what a real opportunity society looks like
An 8.6% unemployment rate, with a real unemployment rate of somewhere between 11% and 20%, depending on who you read, is what an “opportunity society” looks like? Government spending oodles of money on people who consider the administration of taxpayer money to decide what gravel to use when repaving a road? $15 trillion in debt? A huge deficit? Mortgaging our future to increase the purchasing power of Chinese peasants?
Mitt Romney recently laid out his plan for America. Reading about it, I thought of my dad. My dad was a hard worker. He took pride in what he did. And, like millions of Americans, that pride was put to the test when he found himself struggling to make ends meet.
Ah, so he’s attacking Mitt. Funny that Joe should talk about his own dad working hard, since Joe himself has barely worked a day in the private sector since graduating with his law degree. He’s pretty much always been in government since.
Today millions of Americans are meeting their responsibilities every day, yet falling behind. They are not looking for handouts or bailouts, but rather an economy in which their hard work is rewarded and the prospects for their children will be brighter than their own.
Did anyone else immediately think “Joe’s pushing a government backed economy”?
This is the basic compact that has made America great. These are the basic values that have helped make our workers the most productive, our entrepreneurs the most innovative and our economy the envy of the world. These are the principles on which our vision for the future must be built.
Said vision is to stifle all innovation and worker spirit by regulating everything, involving government in everything. Quick, name the last world changing breakthrough in medicine……..can’t eh? Yet, the American spirit used to bring about world changing medicines on a constant basis. That was before the federal government decided to be involved with everything. Remember, these children, looking for a brighter future, cannot even hold a school bake sale without Los Federales being involved. Kids are hassled for selling lemonade on the corner. The biggest products to be developed over the last 30 years started in people’s garages, such as Apple products. And now have to be built in China and imported.
Romney appears satisfied to settle for an economy in which fewer people succeed, while the majority of Americans are left to tread water or fall behind. His proposal would actually double down on the policies that caused the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression and accelerated a decades-long assault on the middle class.
What’s a little class warfare between political rivals? Anyhow, Joe goes on a bit more, droning on and on, mentioning that the same old policies that brought us to this economic mess that Team Obama made worse, you know, those policies passed by Democrats who controlled Congress a good chunk of the time over the last 100 years. And we get to
The president and I firmly believe, like my father, that every man and woman is entitled to basic dignity. And we believe deeply in opportunity – that if you work hard and play by the rules, no opportunity should be out of reach. That is a fundamentally different vision than what the other side has proposed.
That’s not the entrepreneurial spirit, that’s Big Daddy State Government. Because Joe believes that government should control health insurance and health care, owning the auto makers, regulating banks, credit cards, mortgages, pay day lenders, and having a federal consumer watchdog department. Nothing inherently wrong in having some basic regulations, but, he isn’t talking about just a few common sense ones, he’s talking about people sitting in Washington, D.C., many unelected, administering everything that happens in a country of 300 million plus people.
Quite simply, the president and I believe this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules. That is how we define opportunity. It’s an America where everyone has a fair chance to go as far as their talents and drive will take them, and where the middle class is growing, not shrinking.
A fair shot as defined by Government. That’s their vision. And it is what’s leading the US down the road to destruction. People cannot do things, because there is a regulation for everything. Want to be a barber? Get a government approved license, then apply for a government license to open a barber shop, which must be approved by other barbers who do not want the competition, and, if allowed, you then have to build the shop to government approved specifications with government approved instruments that conform to a wide variety of laws, including how your sign can look and what type of flooring is safe.
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