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Done With a Smile

February 3rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Politics

Robert Tracinski’s TIA Daily links to two quotes from Obama that reveal without question what he means by “change” and “remaking America.”

First, in a piece by Frank Ahrens in the Washington Post called Obama: Big Wall Street Bonuses Shameful:

“There will be a time for them to make profits and a time for them to get bonuses,” Obama said. “This is not that time.”

This is not the time for Wall Street to make a profit? How can the economy be “stimulated” if businesses do not make a profit? How can the economy grow if there is no profit?

Obama revealed what he wants instead of prosperity in his signing of equal-pay legislation:

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving equal-pay legislation that he said would “send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.”

Obama’s con job has been to let people think that by “making our economy work” he meant what people usually mean by that phrase — a growing economy, rising standard of living,  prosperity, two chickens in every pot, and so on. That is not what he means at all. He means egalitarianism. He means the entire economy regulated and hampered for the benefit of the poor, the weak and the less fortunate.

A working economy to our President is not one that functions properly with businesses making a profit. It is an altruist-collectivist economy that directs the sacrifice of the able for the non-able.

When Obama talks about remaking America, he means it. He means destroying capitalism and replacing it with socialism. He means destroying freedom and replacing it with total control by the state.

O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!
My tables—meet it is I set it down
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain—
At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.

— William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I am sure it may be so in America as well.

6 Comments so far ↓

  • Harold

    Great. Was hoping you’d comment on this recently passed law. In her piece “Conservatism: An Obituary” from CTUI, Ms. Rand talks about the logic of a con man (the liberal) who cannot let his victims know what he is about to put over on them. It applies very well here, I think.

  • Roger Theriault

    The equal pay legislation will not raise the pay of less-performing employees to that of more-performing employees. It will do just the opposite. Here comes the slow erosion of excellence in the workplace. When I heard about it, I thought, “Can’t these people see that?” But then, of course, I came to my senses. Of course they can. That’s the point.

  • Kyle Haight

    In the sea of pragmatism that is modern America, we hear constant appeals to making things “work.” We need government that “works,” policies that “work,” ideas that “work.” Ayn Rand once noted that the concept of value is meaningless without answering two follow-on questions: of value to whom and for what? The same two questions should always be asked of things that allegedly “work:” work for whom and for what?

    The typical American assumes that the answers to those two questions are “for individual Americans” and “to make their lives better.” Obama’s implicit answers seem to be “for the political elite” and “to make everyone else equal in outcome.” A key part of the con is making sure those two questions are never asked and answered explicitly, because if they ever were the radical difference between where he is leading us and where the public thinks it is being led would become obvious and the sheep might become recalcitrant.

    So, whenever somebody starts talking about things that “work,” stop them and ask “Work for whom? And for what?”

  • Mike N


    “So, whenever somebody starts talking about things that “work”, stop them and ask “Work for whom? And for what?””

    That’s a very good idea. I intend to use it.

  • Phoroneus

    The Supreme Court didn’t find enough merit with Ms. Ledbetter’s case, who I suppose this bill was signed in honor of. Think of all the other undeservings who will be given a boost thanks to Obama’s “work.” And beware reading the comments on the NYT’s article, you can hardly hear your own thoughts amongst the cheerleaders.

  • Myrhaf

    Good comments from all.