This morning the business community in America is graced with an editorial from Robert Reich writing in the Wall Street Journal, an economist who openly favors income redistribution. As near as I can tell, Reich has done three things in his life: worked for the government, taught at universities and written books about topics that he understands only from an academic standpoint. I don't think he has ever had a private sector job but based on his decades in academia he feels qualified to offer advice to the private sector he has shunned his entire life. It is kind of like getting farming advice from people who have never been on a farm but have written lots of books about agriculture.
The target of Mr. Reich’s editorial? Those business hatin’ Tea Party types, that’s who! Apparently Robert Reich thinks he is going to scare CEOs into voting for liberals four days before the election and perhaps pour millions of dollars into the coffers of liberal candidates who, against all common sense, Reich seems to think are more business friendly. You know, liberals like Virg Bernero in Michigan who is trying to extort concessions from J.P. Morgan Chase and has essentially promised if elected to wage all-out war on business (luckily he is so far behind in the polls that the Governor’s race in Michigan has become an afterthought). Liberals like President Obama who vilifies business at every opportunity and has wasted not one second of his first term when it comes to making it harder and less profitable to do business in America.
When push comes to shove, Reich shows the same disdain as President Obama for people without Harvard degress. The only possible motivation must be fear, anger and thinly veiled racisim….
History has shown that people threatened by losses of jobs, wages, homes and savings are easy prey for demagogues who turn those fears into anger at major institutions, as well as individuals and minorities who become easy scapegoats—immigrants, foreign traders, certain religious groups. Were it not for their economic stresses, Americans wouldn't be receptive to abolishing the Fed and the IRS, or believe that government and big business were conspiring against them, or turn isolationist.
As usual, we get the implication that in spite of any concrete evidence, Tea Partiers all harbor racist feelings. They are, after all, anti-immigrant! The truth is that while there may be some racists in the Tea Party, there are certainly racists on the left as well among certain “civil rights” groups and leaders who have made blatantly racist comments but are given a pass (Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Black Panthers?). Liberals have gotten away with accusations of racism without any proof for the last year and that is going to get worse as we approach the 2012 Presidential election. Mr. Reich is a pretty bright fellow, one would think he would understand the difference between being anti-immigrant and anti-illegal immigration. One involves someone immigrating to this country as my forefathers did following the laws of this nation. The other involves intentionally breaking the laws of this country, entering and working illegally.
Thanks to Robert Reich for demonstrating so clearly the sort of mentality that is going to lead to devastating losses next week for liberals. The business community has far more to fear from the onerous regulations, higher taxes and flat out disastrous policies of liberals than they do from people who want the U.S. to reduce its debt. Little wonder Obama and the Dems find themselves in their current pickle.
I am still uncertain what the root cause of this is. I would like to think, as terrible as it sounds, that this talk of fear, anger, racism, etc. is just political posturing. My gut instinct is that what we really are seeing are the results of a scorned self-appointed elite, people who look down their noses at the unwashed hordes of Americans who cling to guns and religion and have the nerve to question their betters. It cannot possibly be that the American people have actually examined the evidence and decided that the policies pushed by the Left in America by Obama and Pelosi are unhealthy for this country and have decided to vote them out. That leaves them with the conclusion that there must be something ugly underlying the wholesale rejection of liberalism. Ignorant fear. Anger and hatred. Racism. Anything but a rational decision. That attitude is going to be the death of the Democratic majority in the House and perhaps the Senate and with Obama’s popularity bottoming out and a bunch of vulnerable Democratic senate senates up for grabs in 2012, the long term picture is grim for Democrats. The real question now is whether Republicans can remember the lessons of 1994 and govern as the same conservatives they ran as. Otherwise we might see the Tea Party and other independents form a real third party.