Chicago business regulations are so prohibitive and Illinois taxes are so exorbitant that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why business job creators are fleeing to first Texas and then oversees. These young people need hope. Hope comes in the form of a job, a wage, a living and a life.
As we watched the coverage of the "flash mobs" unfold we were taken aback by the loot stolen. This paragraph from the Chicago Tribune is a good illustration: "Moments after a group of teens wrestled with Singer over his iPad and BlackBerry, members of the same mob attacked a 42-year-old doctor visiting from Japan. That doctor was beaten and robbed of his iPod Touch while walking in the 700 block of North Lake Shore Drive, authorities said." These thugs are after the status symbols of wealth and Apple I-Pad or Blackberry.
These young people watch the same TV as all of us. They are grabbing for a symbol of the American dream. Given opportunity for a job, they could have these symbols legitimately, but not as long as they are being held back by a political establishment that is too intent on its own status. These ultra-liberals are crushing the American dream in their misguided drive to give us a European socialist utopia.
The Chicago streets are not the only place with robbing going on. Obama is stealing their dreams and their future.
©2011 Floyd and Mary Beth Brown. The Browns are bestselling authors and speakers. To comment on this column, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Floyd is also president of the Western Center for Journalism.
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