Posts Tagged “Capitalism”
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.)
According to the White House leadership you have to have the help of the “big government plantation owner.” The results of this failed policy and poor leadership will resonate throughout the world for years. It will produce an increased level of social dependency, sluggish economic growth, and low self confidence for all of our nation’s citizens.
Don’t expect a return to prosperity any time soon. It ain’t gonna happen folks.
We have now created a generation of citizens who think the world “owes” them a living and that everything bad that happens to them in life is someone else’s fault.
It will take new leadership in our country that can build individual character and accountability in the minds of the youth of our country. New leadership will have to teach all Americans that your personal decisions and actions determine your future. Your actions have consequences that you must face as an individual. You must stand on your own two feet and not be a burden on the country in which you live.
And before you can help others you must help yourself. We cannot have a strong global standing in the world if we are a nation of welfare handouts. We must face reality and understand that there is no “perfect” system where everyone is successful. That system does not exist.
Capitalism has brought more prosperity and created more wealth for more people than any other “ism” there is. There will be winners, and there will be losers in capitalism. We can minimize the losers by instilling in the people a belief in themselves, and that their hard work will pay off.
We are currently creating an ever increasing number of losers with our encouragement of social dependency. This must stop if we are to survive as a prosperous nation and halt the current slide down the hole of economic ruin and national decline we are currently in.
We recently celebrated Independence Day. We should ask ourselves if we are truly independent Americans with the pioneer spirit that founded this country, or are we now a nation of handout begging losers? The choice is ours.
It will take a lot of self discipline to turn down government handouts in favor of a good education and hard work, but the future prosperity of this country will depend on it.
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.
By Larry Oscar
A great American from Fritch, Texas once said, “You can’t fix stupid.” Perhaps that has never been more true than in today’s global political arena. It’s hard to imagine more glaring examples of stupidity than we have witnessed in government leaders over the past few years. It was Forest Gump’s mother that said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
That too has been duly noted in the actions of such leaders as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. The stupidity of Saddam was astounding. He would still be alive and the leader in Iraq if he had just let the UN inspectors back into his country, thrown them a party, and let them inspect and visit anything in the country their heart desired. In fact, he should have invited George Bush and Bill Clinton over for a bunga-bunga party. Instead he had to act tough and thumb his nose at the world. The result was he ended up swinging from a rope Texas style.
Now we have that little runt with a huge nose from Iran threatening to “Wipe Israel off of the face of the Earth.” And at the same time celebrating his country’s march toward nuclear technology that will ultimately end in nuclear weapons. What a complete fool. What would you do if your neighbor down the street threatened to “wipe you off of the face of the Earth,” and then proceeded to build a bomb in his garage. Would you wait until his bomb was complete before taking action? Would you sit idly by like the Jews did in World War II and just let him exterminate you? Or would you learn from history and defend yourself while you still had the power to do so?
It’s hard to imagine what goes through these bozo’s little minds. There are many roads to Rome. And if you want to accomplish things in life you need to study the roads toward your goal with some thought and circumstance. Emotions will be your worst enemy. The emotional route will almost certainly be the most costly for you. For example, the best way for the Muslim countries to deal with Israel is through friendship and trade and not through religious emotionalism. Take a look at Europe for example. Germany fought WWII to conquer Europe and what was the result? Their own destruction. However, by working hard as capitalists and establishing free trade, they now own Europe. They have now accomplished through Capitalism what they were unable to accomplish through the forces of war.
We are now at another crossroads in the world. We still have leaders that do not understand the power of capitalism or how it works. They are still preaching the failed promises of Socialism-Marxism and ignoring the historical failures of this philosophy such as the Soviet Union, East Germany, North Korea, Greece, and Cuba. The only conclusion you can come to is that they are blinded by their own stubborn stupidity. No system is perfect. And all systems of government will leave some people behind, but only Capitalism lets the people use their creative talents to the fullest, and that generates the greatest wealth for the greatest numbers.
Without Capitalism we would not have had Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, or Oprah Winfrey. We are now facing a critical election; one that will determine if we are to retain a Socialist-Marxist leaning President who thinks that we should all have equal amounts of “stuff,” and that the government should tell us what to eat and how to live our lives.
Or do we move forward and choose a new President that will remove the burdensome weight of this government from our backs, and let us live free creative lives according to our own abilities as the founding fathers of this country envisioned. There are always risks in life. None of us has a guarantee that we will even be alive tomorrow, but one thing is for sure, if we are not free to develop the talents that are given to us by God, then we will pay a price far greater than life itself.
This nation has the richest poor on the face of the Earth. We have the only poor people with big screen TVs, cell phones, cars, and air conditioned housing. We will always have the poor, and it is Capitalism that will keep them from living in mud huts like they do in other countries! The best way to redistribute wealth is with a paycheck, and not a welfare check. If you want tomatoes you have to grow healthy tomato plants. If you want jobs you must grow healthy corporations, and not a bloated overgrown government that is funded with borrowed money!