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.
Who plans to grow up to be an everyday, average American? This country has always looked down on average, or at least we did until the word stopped meaning what it sounds like. That’s because politicians lowered the bar on average so they can claim that more Americans need help. The new goal for many Americans, like the workers engaged in the Fight for 15, is staying below average and using the government to get by.
Abusing political opportunity is like spreading a plague. When it gains a foothold it can be impossible to stop. That’s what we should be thinking about as Obama revives his working class war. The fanfare over his 2016 budget request put Republicans on the defensive when they should be dictating policy to the White House. Will a working class war attack us like some virulent disease, or will the public figure out the truth before they cast their 2016 votes?
It’s that time of year. Working families matter again. Their rise to the top of Washington politics happens every January as the State of the Union address focuses on America’s bedrock and ignores the ugly truth we don’t want to talk about: working families must suffer. Suffering is what makes them valuable.
“Working families” are meant to suffer
The term “working families” means different things to different politicians at different times.
It’s hard not to snicker at the outrage over the latest in a string of broken Obama promises. Anyone capable of learning English should have known the president would not be able to sprinkle his magic amnesty dust in a way that would give everyone what they expected. Foolish hopes had grown for too long. Cutting illegal immigrants out of the midterm plan was a shrewd calculation our grabby, non-citizen friends and neighbors should have seen coming.