If you think that the economy is going to calm down, even if Romney is elected, think again. Don’t get me wrong–Barack Obama is a socialist and is not a genuine American. He was raised during the most formative years of his childhood as a muslim in a muslim country. He was not imbued with the ethos of the American spirit.
What is that spirit? It is the belief that America is a land of opportunity. You are not defined nor limited by your economic class or your ethnic heritage or your religion. I am not saying that America is free of racial, religious or economic bigotry. It exists. But it is not the defining essence of this country. Even in the midst of slavery and Jim Crow, a black man like George Washington Carver could excel.
America is a country created by immigrants fleeing class-based, rigid societies, where your average schlub was supposed to know his or her place. Most countries in the world did not have as the center of their political ideology the belief that the individual, not the state, not the community, is the most important element of our nation. Individual freedom is the bedrock of America.
But that is not Barack Obama’s mindset.
In his world, you owe everything you have achieved to the collective. Roads, bridges, telephone lines, sewer systems and public schools. What Barack and his ilk do not understand is that until 50 years ago, those things were luxuries not enjoyed by the average American. An old friend of mine–she’s a nurse and a widely respected expert in the field of cancer research–was raised on a farm in Missouri a couple of hours north of Colombia, Missouri. She graduated from high school in the late sixties and was still using an outhouse. They were not poor nor ignorant. She just illustrates the point that roads, bridges and other public infrastructure can make us more comfortable but are not critical to be an educated, successful person.
In Barack’s world the money that comes into and fuels government–Federal, state and local–is just magic. He does not understand that the taxes paid by people who own businesses and work in the private sector provide most of the money that keeps government going. When government takes the money of its citizens–through coercion–and builds something that benefits those who paid for it, the government is doing you no great favor. It is merely doing what the citizens expect.
But not Barack Obama. In his world, you the citizen owe the debt to your paternalistic, bureaucratic daddy back in Washington.
So, now let me tell you why the economy that most of us over the age of fifty have known is going to change dramatically. Take colleges and universities, for example. They are a financial burden and drain on society. They are no longer relevant in the 21st century, at least in their current structure and operation. Before the computer, the internet, bandwidth and wireless communication emerged as a “norm,” it made sense for people to leave their homes and go to a bricks and mortar institution where the academic talent of educators could be assembled. Books, magazines and electronic media could be stored and accessed in brick and mortar libraries.
If you go to a top-shelf, Ivy League institution you are likely to spend time in giant lecture halls with hundreds of other students listening to some academic luminary impart his knowledge. But you will also be graded and probably mentored by an undergraduate or temporary professor. And how much does that “privilege” cost you? Upwards of $50,000 a year. Spend four years at one of these schools and, unless your family is wealthy, you will probably walkout with a diploma owing someone almost a quarter of a million dollars.
We are in the early stages of using on-line education, but that is where we are headed. Hundreds of small colleges in the United States, some with great traditions, are likely to go bankrupt and disappear in the next 20 years unless they shift to an on-line, internet based system.
We have come along way since knowledge and books were harbored in monasteries and subject to rigorous discipline of monks and priests. We have entered an era where knowledge can be accessed literally from thin air.
The movement from horse carriages to automobiles was not instantaneous, but it did cause dramatic economic and social upheaval. We are in a similar era.
This point was driven home to me recently while chatting with a Infiniti car salesman in Florida. The man was from New York City and he had been the owner of a multi-million dollar printing business that serviced Wall Street. Well, guess what? You no longer need to wait for a hardcopy of a printed prospectus. It can now be emailed to you and downloaded into a pdf file. This man lost his business. Other men and women like him also lost their business. Buildings that once hummed with printing presses are now being converted to condos and apartments.
I realize this is a lot to dump on you, but I wanted to get the wheels turning. We are in the midst of a full blown new economic era. The transformation will be painful and not easy. But I am certain of one thing–the mentality of Barack Obama is not the mentality that will equip you for success in this new era. On that count, Romney is operating on a completely different and superior level.
Think about it.