Obama’s War on the Productive

Victor Davis Hanson wrote a good article called The War Against the Producers in which he discusses the overall Obama Agenda: a war on the productive members of our society.

He refers to their larger agenda as:

Note here I mean something quite different from the accustomed notion of “accomplish.” You see, I think the point was never much to build more bike paths on borrowed money or just bail out GM, but rather more to reengineer the tax code, as part of a grander vision of creating a new equality of result in America.

Soon we will all end up after each April 15 about making the same, driving the same sort of cars and using the same sort of mass transit, living in about the same sorts of houses, and having about the same sorts of “‘they’ will take care of it for me” philosophies — all overseen by brilliant, but highly ranked and exempt Platonic Guardians who suffer on our behalf as they jet and limo at breakneck speed ensuring our welfare.

This reminds me of a timeless quote from Winston Churchill: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”  Churchill nailed it with that one.  I submit that when a socialistic system is implemented only the biggest losers (and their statist masters) in the society benefit.  All of the people whose hard earned tax dollars subsidize the lifestyles of the losers and their statist ‘benefactors’ take a hit so that we can arrive at that “equal sharing of misery”.  It is simply morally bankrupt to subscribe to an ideology that seeks to knock everyone down to the level that helps the losers the most.

Hanson goes on to outline the likely thinking of a hard working electrician when faced with the increasing burden of Obama’s deficit spending:

“I made $412,000 last year due to Saturday jobs, overtime, risky bidding, gambles on new equipment, and new lines of credit, but under Obama I will pay maybe $50-80,000 more of my income to the government. In other words the cost of, say, hiring two more entry-level electricians, or the cost of outfitting an entire new van with boom and equipment, or what I cleared every Saturday last year — all that will go to the government.”

In other words, why work harder when the government is simply going to seize it?  If that does not make sense to you then you are likely not the sort of person who works 70-80 hour weeks to better your financial position and you probably voted for the vacuous Candidate Obama anyway.  How’s that Kool-Aid tasting now, comrade?

It never ceases to amaze me how politicians, particularly those blinded by a collectivist ideology, never accept the Law of Unintended Consequences.  President Urkel’s coming massive tax increases will modify behavior:

And that means rippling throughout this key sector of the economy — even before these taxes have been enacted — are hesitation, stasis, and ultimately constriction — at first for psychological reasons, soon confirmed by the actual facts of less money. In short, very bright people will be thinking how to hide income, how to barter, how to slow down and not produce goods and services, rather than blast full speed ahead and enrich angry others.

Why would I work harder if it just means that a statist jerk like Pelosi or Obama can buy vote from losers with my money?  Galt’s Gulch is starting to look more and more attractive.  Of course, Obama would send in his brown shirts if there were such a statist-free place to find refuge.

His final observations hit the nail on the head and even partially explain why the elite republicans despise Sarah Palin:

Final observations: Obama brilliantly conflated the Wall Street class with the upper-tier of Main Street in Animal Farm fashion: the former gets lectured, but stays enriched through bailouts; the latter takes both the moral hit for the former’s crimes and greed and the actual hit in higher taxes.(Nota bene: the new Democrats, in Prince Charles fashion, like the taste and culture of the hyper-rich, who care little about taxes, are sensitive behind their ramparts to the less well off, and know high-culture (think Streisand, Gates, Soros, the Georgetown/Hollwood/Silicon Valley, Upper East Side, Cambridge, Mass, set). These aristoi despise the wheeler-dealer, always on the move, uppity, wanna-get-rich scrambler that is desperately trying to get his get kid through Public U, and add a wing on his gross MacMansion, while towing his outboard up to the lake for five hours of water-skiing, without an opera, symphony, or NPR analysis on the radio).

4 responses to “Obama’s War on the Productive

  1. Excellent post–Hansen is a fantastic writer.

  2. LiberalsRstupid

    This from an editorial letter page:

    “The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.

    Time for me to close up shop and move out of this country.”

    And this:

    “There is no justice, and great harm, in diminishing the whole array of future opportunity to save a few people now from a regrettable fate.” Will Wilkinson, Cato Institute

  3. I hear people say what the guy you quoted in the editoral wrote, that they are getting out of the USA, and it turns my stomach. Is that what Americans have become? Are we surrender-monkeys like the French now? I am not suggesting that *you* feel that way but am thoroughly repelled at the very notion.

    A lot of fine people put their necks on the chopping block to form this nation – people who already had it pretty good. Furthermore, a hell of a lot of people have sacrificed and died to preserve this country and our amazing Constitutional principles. I owe them.

    I would be a worthless coward who does not deserve to share the label of “American” with fine patriots like that if I just selfishly walked away.

    I have to roll out this quote at a time like this, addressed to people who talk of heading off to another country to get away from Obamunism:

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” – Sam Adams

  4. LiberalsRstupid

    I tend to agree with you. But how long do you resist it? And to what degree?

    Galt walked away and let them wallow in their own ineptitude until they essentially destroyed themselves. It is particularly galling to me to see these people fighting like packs of dogs over who gets the spoils of my labor and effort.

    On the other blog, a lady was crying about the system and how she not only needed but deserved free health care. Well, free to her at least. Certainly not to me and the 5% of the population that will pay for it for her.

    She complained about difficulties in her life. Difficulties that caused her to eat herself into an uninsurable condition at 400+ pounds. All the while, both she and her husband are living off disability payments. At least, her husband was receiving disability from the military. She complained about not having a job while listing at least 5 or 6 Liberal and/or Democratic Organizations she did volunteer work for. Of course, when I suggested that maybe her time would be better spent looking for gainful employment, I’m the bad guy.

    Well, I’m just not certain how willing I am to continue to be the bad guy for a bunch of Socialist Freeloaders. It would be somewhat better if they were at least appreciative. But they aren’t.

    Not only am I being forced to subsidize their irresponsible lives, I am roundly, soundly criticized and vilified in the process.

    I say walk away from them and see how well they do taxing people that have no income. Let the + 50% that pay no taxes support this country.

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