Laura Hollis

But here’s Obama’s view of “blind” justice: “We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old--and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.”

The President’s energy policy should benefit users and providers of energy.

So let’s listen to Obama’s views of energy policy: “[U]nder my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”  And “If somebody wants to build a coal power plant they can, it's just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.”

The President should extol the American promises of protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Here’s Obama’s view of the value of human life:  “That’s above my pay grade.”

The American economic system rewarding individual initiative has created more prosperity for more people than any other system in human history.  We now know that higher taxes crush new business and business growth, and reduce jobs.

Obama’s (now infamous) view of taxation?  “Spread the wealth.” 

And perhaps less well-known, in an interview with ABC News, anchor Charlie Gibson asked, “[I]n each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down.  So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected? “

Here’s what  Obama says:  “Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”

And what about Obama’s view of the First Amendment?  Threats of criminal libel prosecutions, Justice Department intimidation, and no promise to veto the “Fairness Doctrine” if his compatriots in Congress pass it.

The President’s most significant responsibility is the safety of the American people.

So what is Obama’s view of Iran, a country currently building nuclear reactors?  “Iran … [is] tiny … [it doesn’t] pose a serious threat to us.  Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance.”

Last, but not least, my personal favorite.  A quote not from Barack Obama, but his wife, Michelle, when asked about her husband running for President.

Michelle Obama’s views about her husband running for President?  “It’s way too soon.  He hasn’t done anything yet.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Now if we could just keep it that way.


Laura Hollis

Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.