If you were posting a Facebook relationship status update about President Obama and rich people, you'd have to check "it's complicated."
On the surface it seems like politics as usual, but in reality it is much more complex.
In the realm of organizational management, conventional wisdom suggests that it is productive for a manager to praise his staffers publicly, and if and when it is necessary to criticize or correct a staffer, to do that privately.
And while it is true the President of the United States is not merely a leader of “an organization,” and the American people are not the President’s staffers, it is nonetheless intriguing that Barack Obama construes his relationship with wealthy Americans in a fashion exactly the opposite of what good management training recommends He vilifies “rich people” publicly, while praising them and thanking them privately.
The past ten days, alone, have provided several examples of this duplicitous behavior. In the September 17thedition of his weekly video and radio address to the nation, President Obama had this to say, in part, about his latest “job creation” legislation:
“…This jobs bill cuts taxes for every small business owner in America.. And it cuts taxes for every working family in America so that you’ll have more money in your pockets…It will create new jobs. It will cut taxes for every American worker…”
This was noteworthy because prior to his September 17th address, President Obama had already stated that his job creation bill would “ask millionaires and billionaires” to pay their “fair share” in taxes, which is his way of saying that he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy (note: government never “asks” anybody to pay taxes – it requires payment, lest one be subject to prosecution). Thus President Obama has juxtaposed “American workers,” “working families,” and “small business owners,” with “millionaires and billionaires” – the first category of us deserve a tax cut, and the latter category – the “millionaires and billionaires” – deserve to have more of their money taken away by the 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.