What do you think about the White House getting to decide what kind of widget to produce and how many widgets businesses should make?
I’m going to go on the record stating that I’m not so keen on moving in that direction.
But that’s the direction Barack Obama wants us to go in, as most recently illustrated by his attempt to create a new “Office of Manufacturing Policy.”
Obama establishes an Office of Manufacturing Policy
By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 12, 2011 9:42 a.m.
At a time when economists say U.S. manufacturing policy is in “disarray,” the Obama administration on Monday said it has created a new Office of Manufacturing Policy to be co-chaired by the Commerce Department Secretary and the director of the White House National Economic Council.
“At this make or break time for the middle class and our economy, we need a strong manufacturing sector that will put Americans back to work making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
Wisconsin leads the nation with the highest share of its workforce employed in manufacturing.
The new office expands on a previous appointment for a government adviser on manufacturing, known as a “manufacturing czar.” Washington has had no fewer than three such “manufacturing czars” installed as White House advisers in the course of two administrations. Ron Bloom, Obama’s policy adviser on manufacturing, resigned in August.
This is illustrative of how liberals operate. Yes, we DO need a strong manufacturing sector in America. It is literally a matter of our continued survival that we turn around the trend of America losing its ability to manufacture. But it’s NOT because we didn’t have a damn “czar” or enough government control over manufacturing. Rather, it is because we have the second-highest corporate tax rate on the entire planet; it is because Obama has tried to saddle employers with shocking levels of regulation that amount to a massive hidden tax of $1.7 TRILLION; and it is because labor unions have either crippled or outright destroyed every single industry they have been allowed to penetrate. And we are not manufacturing anything because we cannot compete with the rest of the world wearing the giant anchor around our necks that Democrats have insisted we wear.
You need to make up your mind. You either think, “Dang, if we just had more centralized government planning. Because Obama knows how to run a company in Texas better than anyone in that company possibly does. If we could only have one more czar that would solve our problems.” Or else you think, “Get this stupid government monstrosity off our backs so we have at least have a damn chance to compete against the rest of the planet!”
You either agree with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama that the following is good for our economy and our productivity and our ability to create new jobs -
December 12, 2011 10:08 PM
Occupy shuts down 3 West Coast ports
OAKLAND, Calif. – More than 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked cargo trucks at some of the West Coast’s busiest ports Monday, forcing terminals in Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Longview, Wash., to halt operations.
While the protests attracted far fewer people than the 10,000 who turned out Nov. 2 to shut down Oakland’s port, organizers declared victory and promised more demonstrations to come.
“The truckers are still here, but there’s nobody here to unload their stuff,” protest organizer Boots Riley said. “We shut down the Port of Oakland for the daytime shift and we’re coming back in the evening. Mission accomplished.”
Organizers called for the “Shutdown Wall Street on the Waterfront” protests, hoping the day of demonstrations would cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks and send a message that their movement was not over.
The closures’ economic impact, however, wasn’t immediately clear.
The longshoremen’s union did not officially support the protests, but its membership cited a provision in its contract that allowed workers to ask to stay off the job if they felt the conditions were unsafe.
Some went home with several hours’ pay, while others left with nothing.
From Long Beach, Calif., to as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia, protesters beat drums and carried signs as they marched outside the gates.
Rain dampened some protests. Several hundred showed up at the Port of Long Beach and left after several hours.
The movement, which sprang up this fall against what it sees as corporate greed and economic inequality, is focusing on the ports as the “economic engines for the elite.” It comes weeks after police raids cleared out most of their tent camps.
The port protests are a “response to show them that it’s going to hurt their pocketbooks if they attack us brutally like that,” Riley said. [...]
“Disrupting port activities makes it harder for U.S. manufacturing, the farm community and countless others to sell to customers and contribute to our nation’s economic recovery,” EGT chief executive Larry Clarke said. [...]
A long line of big rigs sat outside one of the entrances, unable to drive into the port. Police in riot gear stood by as protesters marched in an oval and carried signs. Protesters cheered when they learned about the partial shutdown and then dispersed.
- or you think this crap is completely INSANE. Particularly if you actually want to buy your kids something for Christmas – as this is time to hit when it will hurt our economy the most.
If you agree with Barack Obama that the Supreme Court is to be condemned because it “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society” and you think it would be good for government to “put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributed change,” then you know who to vote for.
Me, I know damn well who to vote against.
If you agree with Obama that “I think that we can say that the Constitution reflected the enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day and that the framers had that same blind spot,” then vote for him to just go ahead and replace the worthless document.
Me, I agree with founding father James Madison:
“That is not a just government … where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty, is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.”
I agree with Samuel Adams:
“The utopian schemes of leveling [wealth redistribution] and a community of goods, are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.”
I agree with Thomas Jefferson:
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
The same Thomas Jefferson who also said:
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
The same Jefferson who said:
“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”
The same Jefferson who said:
“Loading up the nation with debt and leaving it for the following generations to pay is morally irresponsible. Excessive debt is a means by which governments oppress the people and waste their substance.”
The same Jefferson who said:
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
And the same Jefferson who said:
“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”
I also agree with Abraham Lincoln:
Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
Either these men and all of our other founding fathers have an “enormous blind spot,” or Barack Obama is beyond blind. It’s simply one or the other.
It’s time to choose what and who we believe in and what and who is a liar.
I have repeatedly challenged Democrats to explore Karl Marx’s central statement on communist economic philosophy:
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his means.”
“My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody… I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
and explain precisely how these statements reflect a fundamentally different philosophy.
Because the simple fact of the matter is that they don’t. What Obama is saying today is merely a slightly different way of saying what Karl Marx said – representing a philosophy that has since failed in every single nation and culture in which it has ever been tried or applied – more than a century ago.
If you want to live in the U.S.S.R., I would say please just move to North Korea or Cuba and leave America the hell alone. But there is no question that you know which president will give you your U.S.S.R.
If you don’t want to live in the U.S.S.R., then please, PLEASE vote Republican so you won’t have to live in the U.S.S.R.