Incompetence, Crony Capitalism, & Elitism

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shutterstock_196244051 When I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 I believed that he would do what he said.  That he would govern as President Clinton had governed from the middle.  That the era of big government was over.

As I have written before the reason I have been a Democrat my entire adult life was it was the party that advocated for the working and middle classes.  My assumption was the upper classes, which I aspired to join, could take care of themselves.  But I never counted on a President who believed helping the working class was telling it what was good for it, who believed big government should pick and choose what industries should survive, and who had no negotiating skills.

Incompetence How can you be a lawyer and not understand in a negotiation to get something you have to give the other side something they want?  Since 2012 what single thing precious to Republicans has he offered?  Negotiations are not you decide what is best, tell the other side what they should want, then belittle them publicly.

Crony Capitalism During the last few years I have sat on the board of directors of two energy related companies.  Without revealing any non-public information I can say unequivocally that President Obama wasted thirty-five million dollars in direct taxpayer cash on one “clean energy” company putting hundreds of working class and middle class Americans into the unemployment lines.  And now he has said to the dirty old coal burning power plant and its several hundred working and middle class employees you too join the unemployment lines.  In neither case did his programs include any job training, relocation plans, or any other path forward for those employees.  He just distorted the market, killed the businesses, and left those employees holding the bag.

If you have ever watched several hundred workers leaving a plant after you have announced a shutdown for market reasons, you know the real agony rippling across those workers, their families, and their communities.  Imagine if your elected President did that, not the market.

Elitism We Democrats are about to lose the Senate majority in November.  Unless the Republicans repeat their Todd Aiken or Richard Mourdock moments, the Senate is going Republican.  How can that be?  How can working and middle class people turn to a party who are as Mitt Romney declared about “job creators”?  In other words a party primarily concerned with the causes of the upper classes and the wealthy.

As I travel around the country I hear the same basic frustration from people – there are no good jobs for me and my family.  The President and his allies spend a lot of time talking about climate change, shutting down coal related businesses (mines, power plants, distributors, suppliers, equipment manufacturers), but what about the workers?  Is there a plan to retrain these workers?  Is there a plan to move them to Texas or North Dakota where the economy is booming?

The President and his allies spend a lot of time talking about women and girls and the need to promote their interests.  I have 5 nieces and I am glad to hear that their futures are bright.  But I also have two sons and more nephews than I can count – do they count?  Why are we not concerned for the future of all our children?  Boys are the ones that statistically are having the hardest time graduating from college.

Working men and women are not stupid.  When the party in power pursues CEO jobs for rich women, climate change, and every other pet project of the rich Left other than jobs, the working and middle classes vote Republican.  If you do not believe me, read the political campaign histories of 1980 to 1992.

In the 1930s when millions of Americans were out of work, Franklin Delano Roosevelt put men and women to work in an alphabet soup of federal agencies, including both my paternal grandparents.  This President turned to fifty dollar tax cuts, food stamps, and an alphabet soup of handouts.

Mr. President we want an exploding capitalist economy.  We want jobs for the working and middle classes.  Leave the egghead, incompetent, crony capitalism behind.  Be a Democrat.

5 COMMENTS

  1. When I read your first paragraph, I thought, finally, a Boulder liberal that learns from experience. WRONG! Subsequent paragraphs identify some, certainly NOT all the disasterous results of the Obama adminstration’s actions since 2008. Sadly, after filling 1/3 of a full page of reasons Democrats should not be in power, you blow it with your last sentence: “Be a Democrat”. Democrats will NEVER LEARN, no matter the overwhelming evidence in opposition to their actions, programs and ideology!

    • I am not a liberal – I’m Clinton moderate Democrat who believes in capitalism and working across the aisle with Republicans. I also don’t hate conservatives, but agree with them on many economic policies, although I disagree with them on almost every social policy. The best economy we’ve had since President Reagan was under President Clinton and that economy produced a much broader effect for the working and middle classes. That’s what I’m advocating for.

    • I would also say that I find Republican foreign policy frightening – John McCain saying Iraq would be stable now if we had just kept a residual force (w/ Americans continuing to die) reminds me of people who claim if we had just stayed in Vietnam we’d have Jeffersonian democracy instead of the corrupt, undemocratic, mess in Siagon and now Baghdad.

  2. I think that because of the venomous polarization of the leading (or loudest) factions on both sides, there is a huge optics problem with any kind of cooperation. The Obama = whatever, (Kenyan, Muslim, Gun Snatcher, Traitor, Antichrist, etc) faction that has been buttering its bread with hate for Obama will go ballistic at the first sign of cooperating with the administration without the first thought for the common good. Though the example is loud lunatics on the right, it’s hardly exclusive to that side.

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