Jobs, Make Believe and America’s Future
a wonderful song in the musical Show Boat called “Only Make Believe.”
It’s a romantic song about a man and a woman who meet for the first time
and are instantly smitten with each other. Show Boat, by the way, was
considered to be the first musical on Broadway. It contained wonderful
songs by Jerome Kern and paved the way for Rogers and Hammerstein,
Lerner and Lowe and many other magical musicals that followed. Show
Boat, financed in part by the legendary Florence Zigfield, ushered in
the golden era of Broadway.
I thought of that song, “Only Make
Believe”, this morning when I was driving to work. It’s fun to make
believe, but when it comes to jobs, playing make believe that government
can create jobs is dangerous, especially for the young people in our
society who are struggling to establish themselves in these trying
How many times have you heard a talking head on
TV ask “What is Obama doing to create jobs?” Or how many times have
you heard Obama say, “I am doing my best to create jobs.” Such
Obama and government can’t create jobs, at least jobs
that create goods and services. The only jobs Obama or government can
create are jobs that create a drag on the economy. When they expand
government or bail out irresponsibly run state governments, they only
kill jobs that create goods and services. They only drive up the cost
of items that you and I need to live our daily lives.
government restricts exploration and drilling for oil or blocks
construction of a pipeline from Canada (as the State Department is now
doing) that will supply cheap, abundant oil, they lower your standard of
living. When they subsidize non-marketplace concepts like wind and
solar power, they make electricity more expensive and again lower your
standard of living.
When Obama expands government and hires tens
of thousands of new workers to manage the bureaucracy, they hurt you.
The money these folks are paid comes from the pocket of America’s
workers and employers who build refrigerators, iPhones, automobiles, and
provide your daily services. They are a burden to our economy and
again lower your standard of living.
Every new dollar in taxation
taken by the government, every dollar expended in deficit spending
hurts you. Every regulation that drives up the cost of oil, light
bulbs, cars, food, etc. makes your life more challenging and difficult.
As Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution, government is the problem.” Indeed.
we need infrastructure like highways and courts to handle legal matters
and a military to keep our dangerous enemies at bay. These are all
necessary evils, but every dollar we spend, even on these necessary
items, represents labor and capital that cannot be spent on improving
your personal standard of living.
That’s why there is only one
thing government can do to create jobs and get our economy healthy and
moving again and that is to GET OUT OF THE WAY. Government is an
obstacle to your personal economic well being. They take dollars,
trillions of them, right out of your pocket.
The direct result
of restraining the exploration, production, and transportation of oil
are higher gasoline prices, higher grocery prices, higher cost of
clothing, higher cost of building materials, and a higher cost of all
services that depend on gasoline or diesel to get to your home or place
Under Obama, the price of gasoline has more than
doubled. That’s just the beginning. The goal of “Only Make Believe”
liberals is to raise the price to more than $8.00 a gallon and force you
into small, dangerous cars.
The goal of high housing costs is to
force you and your family into a cluster of apartments and condos in
big cities. Their view is that you live too good and because Americans
live well, others are poor. Everything is a zero sum game for liberals.
is a widespread economic ignorance in America. Liberals live in “Only
Make Believe” land. Everything is luck or an accident or happenstance.
Individual freedom is overrated and is the cause of hardship for those
at the bottom of the economic ladder. Many liberals are smart, but in
their convoluted mind they simply deny reality. They live in a land of
make believe. They must be very frustrated individuals.
they have sold their economic silliness to millions of Americans through
the public education system. Their embrace of government as the
solution to all problems makes as much sense as believing in Harvey the
And under the leadership of what they have previously
characterized as “Perhaps the smartest man to ever be President” they
have taken our economy over the cliff, not just driven it into the
ditch. The Revolutionary War was the greatest challenge of our
Founders. Would the war succeed and Americans be free to pursue
happiness? Would they be free of government restraint to succeed or
fail as their efforts and the blessings of God allowed? Would they all
be hung on the gallows? It was a close contest with the outcome in
doubt until the end, but the God of our Fathers blessed them with
victory, freedom and peace.
Thomas Jefferson reputedly said that
slavery was the “fatal flaw” of the Constitution. Little did he
appreciate as the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass discovered, the
United States Constitution held the key to freedom for all Americans,
especially those who were enslaved. Slavery was incompatible with
values and principles of individual freedom established in the
Constitution. The continuation of this horrific practice created
permanent instability that had to be resolved. Either the United States
would be free or it would be slave. There was no middle ground. The
Civil War tore apart the nation, putting brother against brother and son
against father. But in the end, Americans came down on the side of
freedom for all Americans. The Civil War was the great challenge of the
In the 20th century, dictatorships arose around the globe
threatening peace and the advance of freedom. Hitler in Germany,
Stalin in Russia, and Mao in China (early favorites of many liberals,
especially the great liberal writer, Walter Lippman) presented direct
threats to freedom around the globe and in the United States.
Americans, wisely cautious about unnecessarily entering any military
conflict, were finally forced into World War II and provided the tipping
point necessary to defeat Hitler. However, while liberals played make
believe that Stalin and Mao were agrarian reformers, conservatives led
the battle to defeat the world-wide threat of communism and thanks to
Ronald Reagan, they succeeded.
So what are the great threats that
you and I and our children will face in the 21st century? Well, the
threat from radical Islam is the most obvious and clearly liberals are
not up to the task. Once again they want to play make believe when it
comes to terrorists. Their muddled thinking keeps them from confronting
this great threat. The second threat to America is the attack from
within to undermine traditional American values and the wisdom of the
Founders. This is an immediate threat that must be overcome if America
is to survive as the bastion freedom, hope, and opportunity in the
The Democratic Party and the national news media have been
captured by the radical left. This is not the party of patriots like
Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy, this is a party of men and women who
do not like the United States of America. They are not proud to be
Americans. They only see the failures of America, not its triumphs.
their land of make believe, they will destroy everything good about our
nation. They don’t understand freedom and free markets, they sneer at
them. They love more regulations and taxes. They love power. They believe they are wiser and smarter than you are. They confuse intelligence and education with wisdom.
pose a great threat to America as we have known it. They would kick
away the ladder of opportunity for the ambitions and hardworking poor of
America and deny them access to the American dream (which they do not
believe in). They want to punish Americans for living so well and being
They seek a new economic reality of less for all
Americans, less jobs, less prosperity, less freedom, less hope for the
future. They have a sad, cruel outlook based on the same sort of
utopian make believe philosophy that drives the creation of
dictatorships and authoritarian states. They are more comfortable in
the presence of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro than they are in the
company of hard working, decent, law abiding Americans who love their
I feel sorry for them. They are misguided and
confused. They are off track. But in 2012, they must be sent down to
total defeat through the democratic process of national elections.
Their alien philosophy must be rejected by the American people. You and
I must stand firm and tall, as did those who fought for freedom in the
Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War II, and in the fight to
defeat Communism. Indeed, now is the time for you and I to resolve that
we will not stand by idly and let those who do not believe in limited
government and freedom destroy this nation for our children and
grandchildren. We must work and donate money as we have never done
before to rid our nation of this threat so that our children and
grandchildren and those that come after them may enjoy the blessings of
freedom as you and I have. May God bless our efforts.