Barack Obama isn’t stupid but he has a habit of assuming that everyone else is. Why does he insist on insulting the intelligence of working Americans with tirades against employers who will continue to fight back until he either stops talking or leaves office?
Obama pits American workers against their employers.
The president’s Labor Day tribute to the American worker was anything but that. Instead, we got another rant about unfairness, inequality, and corporate evil that stretches back well before the Obama presidency, the White House way of denying responsibility for what the president has done to the working class:
For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder.¹
In an economy struggling to recover there are better strategies than pitting the workforce against employers. No matter how much the government threatens and regulates, companies can always go into their bunkers and wait. It may take a while and we will lose some businesses and jobs along the way, but sooner or later Washington will cry uncle. American workers are the ones who lose.
Labor Department helps Obama put more jobs in jeopardy.
With Hilda Solis gone we crossed our fingers that things at the Labor Department might improve, or at least that the focus might shift from immigrant labor. No such luck.
Our new Labor Secretary commemorated Labor Day with a blog post lamenting low-paying jobs, a timely contribution just after fast food workers made another stink for living wage welfare (see: Bad Politics Makes for Greedy Americans):
People who work full-time in America should not have to live in poverty – simple as that. Too many jobs don’t pay enough to get by, let alone get ahead.²
Some of those full-time workers can look forward to having their hours cut to part time thanks to their president’s new health care law. Those who receive health benefits now may be sent to find their insurance somewhere else. They may have to figure out how to pay for health care while they look for another job. That’s what happens when government cracks down and unskilled labor tries to price itself out of the market, or at least that’s what happens in a free-market, capitalist economy. The Obama administration refuses to acknowledge that this is what we have and instead turns to the left for inspiration.
The left rejects responsibility and sacrifice.
Is there some sort of shadowy, right wing cabal intent on making life hard for working Americans? The president seems to think so. He likes to talk about responsibility and sacrifice, but when it comes to jobs in America he turns to conspiracy:
The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans.³
The president will keep talking about the evils of corporations and about wealthy Americans sharing responsibility until his second term draws to a close and someone, hopefully better, takes his place. Nothing is going to change until he accepts responsibility for what has happened to American workers on his watch and what his pandering to the far left has done to destroy their chances for a future. The president is running out of time to make good on promises to the working class. No matter. The business sector can wait.