Bill Murchison

Community organizer that he was, Barack Obama has ideas and notions seemingly formed by the experience of issuing directives rather than that of persuading customers. A pity. Some background in business might have fostered appreciation of how the businessperson yearns not for government that costs him plenty and orders him around; instead, for government whose rhetoric and policies say to him, go for it!

We circle back to where we started. Calvin Coolidge probably couldn't have achieved a jobless rate of 5 percent this year, so hard was the economy's fall in 2007-'08. A rate of 9.6, nevertheless? When Obama promised nothing higher than 8, following the stimulus? How come? And what next?

The sovereign voters on Nov. 2 gave a preliminary answer to that latter question. What we need is in some measure what we seem sure to get, thanks to the Republican resurgence: namely, broad political support for the ideal of encouraging rather than stiff-arming those most eager to create jobs, who seek nothing fancier than the chance to succeed. That means lower taxes; it means lighter regulations; it means, on the part of the powerful, friendly words and actions instead of scowls and kicks in the shin.

There's finally the chance to get this unemployment thing right -- hardly overnight, but with good intentions and policies, soon enough to make sure the shin-kickers enjoy a good long rest on the political sidelines.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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