The president's ugly remarks, made to the faithful at a fundraiser in Virginia on Friday night, bear repeating:
...look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
And that somebody else is now "represented" by the person of...Barack Obama. Who will be taking that hard-earned money of yours, thank you very much, and passing it along to someone he feels is more deserving of it: His friends, his family, the people who keep him in power. And if you don't like it, you can expect to get a visit from some less-than-polite men with guns tucked into their pants, who will haul you away if you don't pony up Barack's cut of your dough.
Sound familiar? If you're Tony Soprano, sure. It's one of the oldest mob rackets in the book, and now Obama is bringing it to your doorstep via Washington, DC:
...it is at present more profitable to be a racketeer than to be an entrepreneur. It makes more economic sense to invent some scam like Global Warming and then wait to be paid to go away than it is to frack for oil.
Right now, selling bureaucratic protection is a land office business. Therefore it attracts the underemployed members of the minor aristocracy who see in it a potential source of income. What they fail to understand is that in the long run it cuts their throats too...
In his heart, I believe the president know it too. But he's hoping to survive by staying on top as long as possible, and if that means looting every legitimate business out there, well, it's just tough pickles on them. He's conducting a bust-out of the American economy - an act that the aforementioned Soprano was well versed in:
A "bust out" is a common tactic in the organized crime world, wherein a business' assets and lines of credit are exploited and exhausted to the point of bankruptcy. Richie and Tony profit from busting out Davey Scatino's sporting goods store in this episode...
When asked by Davey why Tony let him get into debt, Tony replies that he knew Davey had the store and other assets he could take, and instinctively saw an opportunity for profit.
And how different is that from a president who allows up to run up an unthinkable amount of debt, or perhaps provides "favors" to a population, then takes everything they've got as recompense, as payment for services rendered or services due, whether or not one has even asked for them in the first place?
Wonder how much he's paid the press to "look the other way" while he fixes the big game in November...?