Obama’s Participation Economy
Victor Davis Hanson notes much of the electorate appears to be comfortably numb on the Obama-led U.S. economy. Dr. Hanson’s point is the November presidential election may be more about something other than the economy.
None-the-less, his article made me ponder self-esteem, Obamanomics, and our current state of economic non-success.
Self-esteem, we all know, has become the most important thing in a child’s success. That’s why the end-of-season t-ball party hands out participation trophies; to help the child feel good about him/herself.
An MVP award? Winners and losers? Keeping score? Class rankings? Playing tag? Sorry, these are gauche throw backs to the repressive Eisenhower era.
Today, the President’s equivalent of participation trophies is his welfare state: food stamps, welfare roll-back, crony capitalism, green jobs, unending unemployment, disability-nation, etc..
How important is self-esteem? It’s essential: we all know that ability, effort, and results matter little because those who possess such things and create positive outcomes didn’t do it themselves. Thankfully, the benevolent government Leviathan—as ruled by our enlightened elites—is there to spread things around for us and to make all peoples equal (although it’s also true some—the elites—must be more equal than others).
Who knows where we’d be otherwise? Probably alone, hungry, cold, thirsty, afraid, ignorant, without health care, and otherwise fending for ourselves.
And where would Pink Floyd have been without a government grant?