American Elephants


“If We Build It They Will Come” * by The Elephant's Child

I’ve been puzzling over President Obama’s idea that you cure the recession and unemployment and return towards full employment by “building out from the middle class.” How does that work? If I understand his speech correctly, if you build new infrastructure, rebuild crumbling bridges, improve port facilities, then somehow magically, the middle class will arise again.

My America is a classless society. The classes derive from the Treasury Department which divides the American people into five classes —poor, lower-middle, middle, upper-middle, and rich — for statistical purposes, to see how the population is doing. The United States has always been an opportunity society, and people move through the so-called classes as they get older, more accomplished, get better jobs, or rise in their careers, hopefully save their money, and slide back as they retire and have less income.

Liberals have never understood this. Their goal is to win elections. This is accomplished by giving entitlements to the poor to make them dependent on the government, and thus become a base upon which Liberals can depend to win elections.

Liberals regard the American economy as a pie. If the rich get too much of the money, there’s nothing left over for the poor who will suffer. But the economy is not a pie, and grows to accommodate the need for money. If someone gets very rich it does not affect the opportunity for anyone else. The very rich, because they have more money to spend, create jobs for others. If you raise their taxes high enough to make them equal to everyone else, they no longer create jobs and probably pick up and move to somewhere where their ability to create jobs is more appreciated.

The Left believes that recessions are caused by a lack of demand, and if people just have enough money to buy stuff (demand) the economy will recover. Franklin Roosevelt called it “underconsumption” but it didn’t work for him either. So we’re still left with the question of how we get to that growing middle class that was” the engine of our prosperity” in the period after World War II. We’re back at the “If we build it they will come” theory. But where they are coming from and who they are is not addressed— unless it is solved by passing the Senate Immigration bill.

Clearly Obama has no idea of all the things he has done in the past five years to destroy jobs:

  • The auto company bailout destroyed thousands of jobs, caused a huge loss for taxpayers, shut down hundreds of private companies, auto dealers, for no reason. Jobs were lost at all sorts of companies who were suppliers to the industry.
  • The oil industry and the communities who supported it were decimated by the unnecessary extended shutdown after the Deepwater Horizon accident. Many rigs left for other countries where they were treated more reasonably.
  • The government’s investment in wind and solar proved only that they remain a miniscule portion of our energy supplies, the “green jobs” were a pipe dream and  most of the solar companies have gone bankrupt, and we were never “addicted” to foreign oil.
  • The Keystone XL pipeline promised 20,000 jobs and thousands of spin-off jobs as well
  • The pursuit of “green jobs” was a total loss. There are no net green jobs, and the government was reduced to including janitors, bus drivers, and other totally unrelated occupations to make up phony numbers.
  • A big tax in ObamaCare on medical equipment has put many companies out of business and killed thousands of jobs.

That’s just a few that come quickly to mind. The numbers of jobs lost due to over-regulation is mind-boggling. The EPA proudly announces that they don’t have to account for unemployment caused by their regulations. They have expanded far beyond their assigned task of seeing that we have clean air and clean water into territory where they have no legal business, and invent statistics to justify their overreach.

*The line, slightly misquoted, comes from the movie “Field of  Dreams.” Not to be confused with “You Didn’t Build That,” a previous Obama quotation.


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The principle thing that our LFBiC and those who think like him fail to understand is that the “strong middle class” is not a thing to be created, it is the result of solid and stable economy. There will always be rich people who have more. There will always be poor people who have less. A “strong middle class” is an organic outgrowth of economic strength. It occurs naturally, and can only be sustained naturally. Trying to force it only damages it.

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