For a long time I have been suspicious that emerging from the recession wasn’t good for everybody. It seemed like a positive thing for the president. He said it was what he wanted and still talks obsessively about bailing us out from the “worst economic crisis” since the Depression. Still, it must have been painful to try to fix something that dumped so many excuses for spending on hardworking people into his newly-elected lap.
It should not be a shock that President Obama sees workers as a collective instead of individuals pursuing goals and careers. He has a habit of viewing things from the left. Somewhere below his Oval Office perch employees fill slots in an economy he still wants to engineer. This was painfully evident in a talk about skills training at a community college in Michigan.
Show me a country where competition isn’t fueled by greed and I’ll show you a country not worth living in. In America greed makes us great. Just look at the lines at your local convenience store when the lottery jackpot soars. Quick, easy money is an impossible lure. People want to be rich. No matter what values we endorse, deep down we know that rich is great and greed gets us there.
Should you trust the financial advisor calling your retirement planning shots or the political hacks who insist that you are a victim being taken for a ride? If protecting your hard-earned money from greedy financial planners is your goal, the Federal Government seems like an unlikely guardian. It hasn’t done a very good job safeguarding the nation’s finances.