Today’s Guest Saturday post comes to us from Pat Slattery of The Free Market Project blog. In this essay, Pat, reveals the stark differences in the two choices that are before the American voters this November. He originally published this article on September 2, 2012.
The Choice Obama Gives Us: Re-run of Capitalist Answers, or Clone of Failing Euro-Socialist Script.
Obama said that the Republican convention was like watching a re-run. You could have watched it on a black and white TV. Republicans simply want to go back to the “same ideas that got us into this mess in the first place.”
Hold on there, big fella! What you would see if you watched the country from the time of black and white TVs to today (the current economy notwithstanding) is an enormous amount of progress and wealth creation. This old-fashioned notion of free markets and responsible citizens working on their own behalf created the richest nation on the planet, with an incredible standard of living, in which even our poor are better off than most people on the planet, including “middle class” people in most places (those places that have a middle class).
The “mess” was largely a result of government intervention into markets. Democrats always forget that fact and blame capitalism. “It was the greed that caused the housing bubble to burst.” Never mind that the cause of the housing bubble was government policy.
When something stops working, it doesn’t take a lot of looking to find the clumsy, swollen hand of government in the middle of the problem. Obama wants more of that. Free market capitalism, rewarding innovation, hard work, and risk… In Obama’s world that is so passe’. As he stands in the middle of a wealthy country made so by capitalism, he declares that capitalism doesn’t work. More government is what’s needed. Not independent people working for the betterment of their own lives (which, interestingly, only is possible when they serve the needs and desires of their fellows with products and services that are freely exchanged to the mutual benefit of both parties), but dependent people looking to the government to somehow provide them with just enough… That’s Obama’s utopia. That’s the change he was hoping for.
He castigates the Republican recipe for recovery as a re-run. But his show is a direct copy, and it’s a direct copy of a script that is failing miserably. A quick glance at Europe shows us the end of Obama’s show. High unemployment, especially for the young, unsustainable entitlements, confiscatory taxes which can’t even delay the inevitable crash of the national treasury into insolvency… That’s where Obama is leading. Or slouching… Or whatever it is that he calls four years of campaign speeches and golf outings while his leftist minions garner more and more power into bureaucrats’ inept hands.
So, where would you rather go, America? Do you want to be in the re-run that takes us from black and white TVs to wall-sized flat screens with cable, satellite, 3D, Internet connectivity, BluRay and surround sound, or do you want to follow Obama into the failing-before-our-eyes European model of big government dominance of our lives and the inevitable crash when the government runs out of money and the cronies can’t produce enough to save it?
If that’s the choice the Republican Convention presented us with… I’m voting for Mitt and Paul!!!