Meet Alexander Heffner, a pro-Occupy student who targets the first and praises the latter in a false Harvard story.
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Perhaps not surprisingly, assuming his contact information as provided by Harvard is correct and the distinguished Lecturer does in fact receive and read his e-mail, despite saying that he welcomed media inquiries on all manner of subjects including politics and “Justice,” Dr. McCarthy clammed up.
Whether he believes the fact that he must earn his bread from people who have worked for private profit is somehow not “Justice” I do not know. But it is certainly fact.
Dr. McCarthy’s salary, whatever it is and from which he personally and privately profits, is paid from money earned by people engaged in real work, non-public sector work. (The public sector — Elizabeth Warren notwithstanding — only gets money paid by the private sector, in the form of money called “taxes.”) Thus for all his sentiments — and those of Heffner, who derides “personal wealth” unless it funds his access to Harvard — McCarthy falls silent because it is presumably teeth-grating for him to admit that when the rubber hits the road he is dependent for his existence on those who are engaged in creating said wealth. And without those who create “private profit” he, Harvard Lecturer McCarthy, would be dependent on some taxpayer subsidy. Said subsidies, of course, coming from monies created as wealth in the private sector.
So why do this? Why would Harvard student Alexander Heffner try and make Barack Obama into something he’s not — while insisting Mitt Romney is clearly something he is not? Why the leftist urge to make heroes of Harvard’s Occupiers? Why the decidedly fanciful “Tale of Two Harvards”?
Easy, if one is a lefty.
Since the reality of the left wing’s historical dependence on race and redistributionist economics ranges from the horrific (slavery) to the merely abysmal (how’s that Obamanomics unemployment rate working for you?), all that remains in defense is to try and make of potential GOP nominee Romney some sort of symbol of Harvard privilege.
And to hope that enough people will close their eyes to the hard fact that unless enough everyday Americans get up in the morning and work at everything from — yes, gasp! — financial services like those busy growing that $32 billion Harvard endowment to simply waiting tables — there is no public sector. There is also — gasp! — no Harvard. There is no job for Alexander Heffner when he graduates — and no capitalistic newspaper like the New York Daily News that provides him the chance to express his views in newsprint and cyberprint. And with no Harvard around, there goes Dr. McCarthy’s nice job as a Harvard Lecturer.
It also turns out that the Romney-Obama comparison has another problem for Heffner. To cite but one example. Famously, Romney convinced Bain Capital — that dastardly repository of greed — to invest in Staples, the office supply store. Today, thanks to Romney’s astute use of private capital, Staples has some 2,000 stores around the world and (2009 figures) some 90,000 employees. And Barack Obama’s job creation record as a Chicago community organizer? Zero. That’s right. Zip. Zero. Nada. Which, of course, should have perhaps set off a caution light or two in November of 2008, but what’s done is done.
So what’s this all about, Alfie?
What it’s all about is that Mr. Heffner, in his Romney/Obama “Tale of Two Harvards” is simply recycling the same-old, same-old shtick of progressive/socialist economics seasoned yet again with race. So it has always been, so, apparently, it always shall be.
He has been disingenuous in doing so — trying to make Romney look the part of Harvard privilege when in literal fact it is Obama whose old man went to Harvard — with poor George Romney not even getting your basic college degree from anywhere.
Heffner tries to make of Obama a hero on race because as the head of the Harvard Law Review “he quietly but effectively helped to push for the hiring of more professors of color.” Really? Is that what he was doing? Or was Obama pushing the hiring of more liberal professors who happened to be of “color”? Call me crazy, but one suspects if Yale Law Grad Clarence Thomas had been on the Supreme Court at the time and thought of leaving to apply for a position at Harvard Law — the last thing Barack Obama would have done would be to push for the conservative Mr. Justice Thomas’s hiring. Thus Obama was most surely not involved in “pushing” the hiring of anyone remotely thought to be a black or Latino conservative. This is a very old game of liberals and their racial double-standards — and as Herman Cain is finding out, it also applies to presidential politics.
Last but not least, Harvard’s Mr. Heffner presents Obama as someone who could “resonate” with young people because Obama somehow exemplifies the “path of a young man who chose social responsibility over personal wealth.” When in fact that “social responsibility” did nothing to create jobs for the people of Chicago when community organizer Obama was walking the streets. Anymore than he is creating jobs now, alas, for America as a whole while occupying the White House. On the other hand, he has used his political celebrity to make money from selling books. Money that makes the once middle class Mr. Obama a man of tidy personal wealth.
ALL OF WHICH LEADS to the real challenge at the heart of all this nonsense, the challenge in a very real sense that has nothing to do with personalities be they Obama, Romney or anyone else.
Capitalism, based on its record of job creation alone, is the single greatest engine of “social responsibility” in history. Socialism — Obamanomics, redistributionism, however you chose to call it — is, based on its record, the greatest engine of social irresponsibility in world history.