Some, no doubt, can dismiss this as a simple matter of “unrequited love” or “unmet expectations,” or maybe even just call it “amusing.” Yet the reality of the matter is more serious: Left-Wing America is still looking to Barack Obama to be their savior despite his repeated failures of the “savior test.” Barack Obama, on the other hand, is still expected to “pass” the test one of these days soon.
As America ’s approval of President Obama hit a record low in recent days, and a mere twenty-two percent of Americans believe that our country is “heading in the right direction,” liberal disapproval of the President has become louder and more visible. And there is something important to be learned about a group of liberals calling themselves “Fresh Juice Party,” when somebody doles-out the cash so ten group members (at $5,000.00 each) have the privilege of sitting in a private room with the President, and then use that exclusive opportunity to interrupt the President with a song that asks “where’s our change?” and laments the erosion of constitutional liberties.
Apparently the “Fresh Juice” folks thought that growing the size and scope of government, and concentrating more power in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats – agendas with which Senator Obama openly campaigned for the presidency back in the day – would make us all “more free,” instead of “less free.” But why would anybody with even a scant knowledge of world history, believe that these kinds of assumptions could be true?
Less familiar than the “Fresh Juice” incident are the emerging antics of a group calling themselves “U.S. Uncut.” An offshoot of the European “U.K. Uncut,” this group has devoted itself to protesting what they call American “corporate tax cheats,” and as their website rather childishly states, “If you have $1 in your pocket, then you have more than ExxonMobil, General Electric, & Bank of America paid in taxes last year, combined…”
Of course, the notion that these corporations “pay no taxes” is absurd. Every one of them is accountable for payroll taxes (and their employees certainly pay income taxes as well). But what if G.E. paid no additional taxes on their $5 billion of profit generated in 2010 from their U.S. operations? What if, as the New York Times asserted, it is true that G.E., with an “aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore," is getting a “special break” from our government?
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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