Obama’s Laputan economy benefits corporations and little else.
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It’s why so many corporate CEOs initially tried to work with the White House. If there’s a regulatory wave coming, you’d better get out front and ride it.
In Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels, Gulliver discovers an island that floats above the earth called Laputa populated by an educated class and their servants. Barack Obama is presiding over a Laputan economy, where corporate businessmen and government bureaucrats levitate above everything, living high and enjoying each other’s enlightened company, shielded from the little guy who can’t climb up. (“La puta,” fittingly enough, means “the whore” in Spanish.)
President Obama talks a big game about helping the average American. But his policies have effectively stalled small businesses, the engine of growth for the middle class. These days it’s not the thrifty entrepreneur who gets ahead. It’s the corporate businessman with the deep pockets, the sprawling investments, and the “Washington man,” as Ayn Rand derisively called lobbyists.
That’s a dangerous shift for a country built on the average man’s enterprise. And it’s one that a President Romney must stop.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?