By Larry Oscar
I get a lot of questions these days about business. Maybe it’s because we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of an eight-year tunnel after the United States has had the most anti business leadership in U.S. history.
Or maybe it’s because we now have a business man in the White House rather than a career politician. For whatever the reason this is a positive sign. It has always been my contention business is a natural right of man. Just as is free speech or freedom of association, business is also a natural state of mankind. The right to produce more than you need and barter or sell the excess for a profit is a natural right that goes all the way back to the cave men.
Capitalism, by its very nature, is a natural state of man. It is human nature to want to look over the fence and desire the things we don’t currently have. However, there are many among us today that let their jealousy and envy rule their hearts. They think that success is evil, and that our lives need to be controlled or we will have the successful among us make the unsuccessful “feel” bad.
Somehow their little minds think the insecure emotions of others are someone else’s responsibility. No where was this stupid idea more prevalent than in the Obama administration. Obama and his minions spent almost all their time trying to stop the rich from getting richer. And they did this at the expense of the poor. They had the idea somehow by keeping the rich from getting richer it was going to benefit the poor. Instead it had the opposite effect. By keeping the rich from getting richer Obama constrained business growth and the jobs that businesses create.
This left the poor with the lowest wage growth in U.S. history. We saw business after business either move out of our country or close its doors. Workers had to take the jobs of teenagers just to provide for their families. Many of us who understand how business works were vehemently opposed to Obama’s stupid socialistic ideas, but when we spoke out we were accused of being racist.
Obama got a pass because of the color of his skin. Shame on those of you who let Obama suck you in. Under the Obama administration the United States had to suffer from the poorest example of leadership we may have ever had. Obama added $10 trillion to the nation’s debt with big government spending and what do we have to show for it? He drew red lines in the sand that were meaningless. Anybody with half a brain knows threats never work.
He told us the lost jobs aren’t coming back” and that a 1 ½ percent increase in the GDP was the new normal . Obama was the champion of mediocrity. My how fast times change. It has only been a year since Donald Trump, a business man, took office and look at where our business community is now.
(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)