Revealing the Heart

He keeps revealing his true self in blatant ways. It’s almost as if he can’t help himself. The real heart of a man cannot be hidden; what’s on the inside will have to show up on the outside no matter how one may try to hide it. To what am I referring? President Obama’s comment in a teleprompter-less speech the other day to a campaign crowd. I’m sure most of you know which comment I mean—the one that demeaned individual effort and entrepreneurship—the one where he said “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

His supporters will cry that the line was taken out of context. I’ve read the context. While it’s certainly true that no one gets where he’s going alone, that there are others who come alongside to help anyone who has a dream and who works hard, the statement still stands on its demerits. And there is a greater context his followers ignore: his lifelong enmity toward the private sector and his overweening confidence in the power of government to be the source of all prosperity.

I believe government does have a role to play in our successes, but not in the way the president does. Government should set up a market-friendly atmosphere, one that rewards innovation and doesn’t stifle initiative, one that gets out of the way by lowering taxes and easing burdensome regulations. If government does that, it is a great help to entrepreneurs. If it does the opposite, it kills business.

This administration is the most business-hostile administration in the nation’s history, except of course for its devotion to crony capitalism—General Electric, Solyndra, and numerous other “green” companies that have gone bankrupt after receiving taxpayer dollars. The list of failures gets longer with each passing month. This is hardly a showcase for the Obama vision of omnicompetent government:

It boggles the mind how this man can stand before any audience without shame and continue to plug his failed philosophy and policies. But shame has become an old-fashioned concept. Hubris is the new order.

The only thing more mind-boggling than Obama’s hubris is that he could possibly win reelection. If that happens, the American voter has sealed the fate of this country. Every four years some will always say that that particular election is the most significant in our lifetime. This year far more people are saying it—for good reason. It is the most consequential of our lifetime; it will either point us back to solid principles based on Biblical truths or lead us into a darkness from which we may never extricate ourselves. This may sound like hyperbole to some, but I believe it with all my heart.

The Obama Referendum

The Republican primaries have been getting most of the attention lately, but when everything settles down and the general election begins, the focus will shift back to President Obama. This election is going to be a referendum on his policies. Part of that referendum will be his push for “green” products paid for by taxpayer money. Starting with Solyndra, the number of companies that received stimulus money and then went bankrupt is increasing. It seems as if any Mickey Mouse company could get in on the largess:

Some of that money went to General/Government Motors for the Chevy Volt, which, at more than $40,000 per car, hasn’t exactly been a hot seller. Production has halted for now. More of your money down the drain.

But none of this has stopped Obama from getting excited about new solutions. Now’s the time to get in on the ground floor on algae futures:

Yet he continues to blame everyone else for his own failures. Not even solar power is going to help here.

For the record, Obama stopped the Keystone Pipeline, he has closed off more than 80% of our shoreline to drilling, and he is on record as hoping that higher gas prices will force us to go “green.” This is only one aspect of his policies that deserves scrutiny. Let the referendum begin.

Obama’s Green Dreams

You would think after the bankruptcy of Solyndra, which received half a billion in taxpayer stimulus money, and now a number of other “green” energy companies folding despite government largess at the taxpayer expense, that the president would rethink his support for such boondoggles. Instead, he’s doubling down and seeking to spend more of our [your] money on enterprises that cannot compete in the marketplace. When one is inspired by an ideology, however false, it’s difficult to face reality.

On the plus side, this has created some jobs:

Yet on the “oil” side of energy, Obama has closed off 85% of offshore drilling and stalled giving permits in those few areas where it is allowed. I realize the price of gasoline is also affected by the situation in the Middle East, but we wouldn’t be held prisoner to Middle East politics and radical Islam if we weren’t so dependent on that area for our oil. The president basically despises oil companies while propping up green approaches that don’t appear to be succeeding. Yet he attacks Republicans for making a political issue out of this. Hey, if this isn’t a legitimate political issue, what is?

I don’t expect honesty from Democrats on this issue [or most others], but we should begin to demand it.

Green Cronyism

I keep thinking about that $17 billion that the Obama administration spent to create green jobs. You know, the $17 billion that averaged out to nearly $5 million per job? If you ask how can anyone pass out money in such a reckless way, there is an explanation:

From a Biblical perspective, I do believe in being energy efficient. But we’re only going to get there via the free market, not through what is termed “crony capitalism.” However, with the Obama administration, I’m not sure crony capitalism is an accurate description of what is transpiring:

Crony capitalism is bad enough; this administration takes it to a whole new level ideologically.

Down the “Green Hole”

All last week, the “green” scandals grew. The one getting the most press had to do with a solar energy company, Solyndra, that obtained a government-backed loan of more than half a billion dollars. The company was such a bad risk that the Bush administration refused the loan. Yet when Obama took over, it suddenly was on the table once more.

To the credit of the government officials who investigated Solyndra, they steadfastly warned the White House not to go ahead with the loan. They predicted the company would probably fail, and the taxpayers would have to eat the failed loan. Stubbornly, Obama and his inner circle dismissed the warnings.

The company went belly-up. The taxpayers are out more than half a billion dollars.

The story isn’t over. Investigations are just now ramping up. The latest accusation is that the administration reworked the loan so that one of Solyndra’s principal investors—also a big donor to Obama—would get reimbursed before any of the ordinary taxpayers. Politics, Chicago style. Corruption, Chicago style. That’s where the president cut his political teeth.

It’s not just Solyndra, however, and it’s not “merely” a half billion that has gone down the “green hole.” Ideological blindness has led this administration to spend $17 billion [so far—another $17 billion promised] for green energy programs. This stimulus was touted as a job creator. Let’s look at the results. That $17 billion created exactly 3,545 jobs, which comes to a princely sum of $4,853,000 per job. Spending nearly $5 million for each job? It’s beyond ridiculous. It truly is scandalous.

Everything President Obama has touched has turned to ashes. I don’t see how any fair observer of events can perceive anything but failure for all his programs. This is a failed presidency. What can he do to redeem himself? Well, if past actions are any indication, he will use this line of reasoning:

The only real question remaining is whether the American voter will allow this pitiful excuse for a presidency to continue.