Dan Kennedy

The trouble with Obama’s message is that it’s the over-achievers who create all the jobs, and the rich who make hospitals, medical research, universities, theater, and even political campaigns possible. It’s their taxes that pave most of the roads, pay for most of our military, in fact, pay for most of everything. Create enough discouragement and disincentive for over-achievement and the standard of living of the under-achieving mass majority will plunge. Then the government must provide everything for everybody, and that will be a reality no one will like. It’s why refugees risk all to get here from Cuba, but nobody is swimming from here to get there. Go look. You can almost see Cuba from the southernmost tip at Key West, Florida. If socialism is so superior to capitalism, why aren’t there armadas of rafts full of Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and other Hollywood blabbermouths, liberal activists, Acorn folks, etc. paddling as fast as they can away from here to the utopia waiting there?

This week, my local PBS station was airing a documentary on the Carter presidency, and it showed an image already seared in my memory; a whipped, beaten, sad-sack Jimmy Carter in a sweater, seated near a fireplace for warmth, addressing the nation on TV, telling everybody to turn their thermostats down to 55-degrees at night in the winter, in order to help with the energy crisis and reduce their heating bills. It made me think of candidate Obama telling everybody to keep their tires inflated to the proper level.

Now Obama’s minions are out preaching this gospel of less, small thinking, shrunken ambition. It was pathetic when Jimmy Carter did it, and it is pathetic now. It’s an insult to the nation. President Obama ought to view that film of Jimmy Carter swathed in sweater, lecturing the country in dull, defeated tone, suggesting a national policy of huddling in our homes under blankets, Is that the future he wants for himself and this country? Is that is the legacy he wants for his presidency? At this rate, that is surely where he’s headed.

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur and contributor to the Business & Media Institute.