Skip to comments.Obama's Freeloader Economy
Posted on 12/20/2011 6:47:02 AM PST by No One Special
If you want to understand the deep political philosophy underneath the Obama administration's random-walk economic policy, it is this: freeloading.
When you really try to cudgel your brain in a good-faith effort to understand liberals, and try to understand the talk about "inequality" and "exploitation," that's the answer. Springtime for freeloaders. Summer, autumn, winter, all year round for freeloaders. It's the new thing for getting ahead in the predator class.
What, after all, is the NRLB-union gang tackle on Boeing -- the idea that opening a union-free plant in South Carolina is an unfair labor practice? How come, all of a sudden after Boeing agrees to build the Boeing 737-MAX in union-rich Renton, Washington, everything is suddenly copacetic? It's pretty obvious. Keep those union jobs in Washington State or else.
What about the raid on Gibson Guitar? What about the half-billion-dollar sinkhole called Solyndra? What about the forests of wind turbines, each a cozy subsidy nest for some well-fledged crony capitalist? Freeloaders all, and they all vote for Democrats.
You wouldn't want people to go running around doing things without permission. They might figure out that they don't need to pay a powerful patron to play in Washington. They might decide to earn an honest living and forget all about rent-seeking and freeloading.
I've been reading the excellent new Steven Pinker title, The Better Angels of Our Nature. It's all about the decline of violence in humans over the millennia. Back in the good old days of hunter-gatherers, violence was epidemic. You'd send the young men for a dawn raid on the neighboring village, and they'd kill everyone. Of course they would, because any survivors could start a war of vengeance. Anyway, when land was wealth, the chaps in the other village were competing for a fixed resource ...
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I don’t get this
I’ve always said the ‘Rat party was the party of Freaks, Frauds, and Freeloaders....
The world-view of Obama, and most of the American Left, is based on a lazy, half-baked understanding of Marxism, a 19th century construct of history driven by violent class competition for resources, and Leninism, a crack-brained heresy of Marxism wherein a self-chosen elite instructs the masses and directs their violence. Most lefties haven’t actually read Marx (well, maybe the short and snappy Communist Manifesto), or subjected its fundamentals to critical analysis. But they have been told all they need to know by unionized teachers, professors, Hollywood films, and other demagogues. For example, the first half of (Clinton Sec of Labor) Robert Reich’s book, “The Work of Nations” presents a “Marxistic” presentation of American history; it lacks the rigor of real Marxism.
Mr. Obama revealed his main economic thought to “Joe the Plumber”: he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” Marxists accept the laughable premise that all value is derived from labor, and wealth is almost always the result of unfair exploitation of those whose lack of capital “forces” them to work at “unfair” rates. Redistribution to them is not a handout, but a return of stolen goods (this ignores the fact that the recipients are rarely those who did much work in the first place). Obama further believes that America’s economic woes are caused not by a smothering government that destroys incentive, but by over-concentration of wealth in too few hands. That a Warren Buffet’s wealth consists of businesses that employ multitudes, rather than a cash hoard, escapes a man of his intellect. Obama, Pelosi, et al, actually think that diversion of concentrated capital from productive US enterprises, for use in short-term consumption (to a large extent for imported goods resulting in huge balance of payments deficits) will create sufficient demand to produce a sustainable economy. This is of course similar to taking all the equity out of your home, and using it for current expenses instead of investment: once the funds are consumed, you will be broke and homeless.
America’s problem is that too few people can produce enough value to sustain their own lives at the standard of living we think of as “normal”, much less carry others. We need to recognize this, and radically change our tax, education and incentive systems to turn a higher percentage of people into makers.
Yeah....kind of like what happened in the 1600’s with the Pilgrims? Instead of ALL shared among all....each responsible for themselves....what a concept!!!