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Should “Entrepreneurs” Abandon Business to Join Government?

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In a major address on his “New Management Agenda,” President Obama gave an alarming indication of his underlying contempt for the private sector. He emphasized his desire to recruit “the brightest minds” to work in government and said “I’m going to be asking more people around the country – more inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries – to sign up and serve.”


Won’t “inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries” help the country more by starting businesses and creating jobs?

Would America have benefited if Steve Jobs had become a Washington bureaucrat instead of building one of the world’s most dynamic companies?

President Obama and his apologists forget that it’s the private economy and for-profit enterprise that’s the source of growth and progress, and taking resources from the private sector to work for the feds hardly helps that process.

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  1. Stanley  •  Jul 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    The speech is a logical continuation of Mr. Obama’s consistent (and very successful) strategy of casting suspicion on the private economy. Just ask Mitt Romney. The strategy works thanks only to the appalling ignorance of the American voting public of even the most basic aspects of economic theory. The press is quick to criticize global-warming deniers, but gives Obama and others a pass when they make statements (not to mention policy!) based on economic principles that are utterly and demonstrably false. Why Republicans and moderate Democrats are unable to hang the unmitigated lunacy of Obamanomics around the Presidents neck is a mystery to me.

  2. Babsan  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Agree with Stanley that this is just how Obama will decimate(try to) the American entrepreneurship in order to control the country and it’s economy.To me it is Dictatorship and unfortunately the American voter has been too brain washed to see what is going on.

  3. Ixalmida  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Obama’s ignorance is evinced by the notion that any true entrepreneurs or visionaries would accept a public sector job. To work in the public sector means never profiting from exceptional work or insight and an exceptional person knowingly choosing a life of insignificance is improbable at best.

    • D. Mark Ward  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Your comment reminds me of one of the 20th Century’s most intriguing questions: Who is John Galt?

  4. William Simpson  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    This is the biproduct of the religion of government. It reminds one of the Catholic Church at the end of the Middle Ages when it wanted to recruit scientists and philosophers, but only if they maintained Church doctrine. The same applies here. Steve Jobs would be welcome in the bureaucracy with fanfare, but only as long as his innovation did not offend any of the less creative bean counters, his philosophy did not contradict the High Priests of the movement and his ambition did not step on anyone’s toes. If you need a window into the President’s true religion, read that speech; he lays it out quite starkly.

  5. Ragnar  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    “President Obama and his apologists forget that it’s the private economy and for-profit enterprise that’s the source of growth and progress, and taking resources from the private sector to work for the feds hardly helps that process.”

    Why do most (all?) pundits conclude that it’s ‘growth and progress’ Obama is after? He’s not. A subsistence level of egalitarian misery is what he’s after. (If you’re on the dole I’m in control.) A prosperous, thriving country doesn’t want an Obama type for POTUS. Sadly, this country of parasites deserves him and what’s coming. Only an intellectual revolution, a philosophical revolution can reverse this headlong rush back to the dark ages. Mr. Thompson is in the WH.

    I am not my brother’s keeper!

  6. S Elliot  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Can only applaud what proceeds my post, and add to pith this one personal note from a Chinese intern for a Washington State based coalition of businesses and government joint with British Columbia counterparts. The young woman had been in Tianmen Square with other student friends the day their government lashed out against their stretch for democracy. You recall the young man standing in front of the tanks before soldiers opened fire, and the pictures of their homemade Statue of Liberty? The young woman described her survival — she fell beneath the bodies of her friends shot dead around her. They were in the Square because professors at the University had persuaded them they would never be betrayed and assaulted by their own progressive government. Surely. She described the condition of the Chinese people under that government as “the iron rice bowl”. Obama would never dream to subject us to those same conditions. Surely.

  7. J. Ceruti  •  Jul 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    It would never happen because our heads of government don’t want to deal with people who can think for themselves, they want puppets like they have right now

  8. Joel  •  Jul 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Its time we voice our opinions in open contempt at Obamas asinine policies & force this incompetent fool to resign

  9. Alfonso Rodriguez  •  Aug 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    The incompetent “Fool in Chief” will not resign, unfortunately. We are stuck with him until his second term is over. All that can be done is for the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate to stand and fight for what is right. Unfortunately, many Republicans care more about being re-elected than about our country and what is right. I think everyone should read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” before voting in 2014 mid-term elections and 2016 presidential elections.

  10. Jamie  •  Aug 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I just listened to your bit on the free lunch program for kids in Seattle, Wa. I have to say I am appalled at your condemnation of a program that benefits kids, just because you are afraid a few might be taking advantage. Who cares! If it helps kids from going hungry I don’t mind my taxes going to a program like this. You need to stop worshipping the almighty dollar and if you want to be useful then focus your energies on the waste fraud and abuse in the industrial military complex. You are not a Christian!

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