What if President Obama was willing to “show some love?”
Could he help grow our economy, and make the world a better place?
I’m not referring here to the President bowing to foreign heads of state. I’m not hinting at his glad-handing with dictators like Hugo Chavez. And I’m not referring to President Obama’s repeated “apologies” to the Muslim world, and his insistence on treating murderous Islamic terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to the benefits of a domestic jury trial.
When I say “show some love,” I’m suggesting that the President would do well to demonstrate some respect and appreciation for the world’s entrepreneurs, wealth creators, and business operators. Rather than maligning them with his words, and manipulating them with his oppressive policies, the President might find that to “show some love” could produce more opportunity for all.
Now, in reality, I don’t actually think that President Obama’s objective is to produce “more opportunity for all.” At this point in his presidency, it seems apparent that his aim is to expand his control over economic resources, and to re-distribute those resources according to his wishes – and such an agenda precludes “opportunity for all.”
Yet despite our federal government’s current trend towards “state-run capitalism” (this is the new, kinder, gentler way of saying “fascism”), an interesting display of “love” for free-market enterprise has emerged recently in the Pacific Northwest. The “love” – and the reaction to the “love” - is noteworthy for anyone who still cherishes American freedom, and “opportunity for all.”
In an effort to attract businesses to the state that he leads, last week Idaho Governor Butch Otter published a paper he entitled “ Love Letter To Our Neighbors: Idaho Is Open For Your Business.” “It’s true that a rising tide lifts all boats” Otter stated in the opening sentence of his document, which was published as a newspaper editorial throughout the sates of Oregon and Washington. “But how those boats are handled,” he noted, “makes a big difference when the tide is out and the waters get rough…”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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