Audacity of a dope: Obama says businesses have “obligation” to help the US grow

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This is so, so rich (via):

President Obama called on U.S. businesses to do more to help grow the economy, saying that while the unemployment rate is getting better and jobs are being added, the U.S. needs “to get there faster.”

“Businesses have a responsibility, too,” said Obama in his weekly address on Saturday. “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America. They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”

Obama said he planned to deliver that message to the Chamber of Commerce on Monday, along with his administration’s commitment to work with the powerful business lobby. The White House has negotiated for more than two months about when to hold the meeting with the Chamber, which has come out in opposition to several of Obama’s major policies, such as the healthcare measure and Wall Street reform.

The message is that “government and businesses have mutual responsibilities; and that if we fulfill these obligations together, it benefits us all,” said Obama. “Our workers will succeed. Our nation will prosper. And America will win the future in this century just like we did in the last.”

I’m sure I’m not the only one rolling their eyes at the irony of one of the most anti-business Presidents in modern history demanding that private sector businesses help him grow the economy. 8-|

Doug Powers breaks it down:

The translation to Obama’s rallying cry to business is this: “You idiots better figure out a way to pay for all this irresponsible BS I’m shoving down your throats without laying people off and running up the unemployment rate or you’re in trouble!”

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To the public-trough lifer, there’s no understanding the problems and challenges of private sector business. In government, if you want to hire, you just do it and go take the money to do so from somebody else. What’s the problem? Bill Clinton once best demonstrated this lack of ability to understand private-sector economics when he told Herman Cain, then CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, to “just raise your price” to cover additional taxes and regulations. Yes, economic brilliance at its finest.

Obama’s blaming private sector business for the sluggish economy when, if he wants to find somebody to fault, he could start by looking in a mirror — and we know he doesn’t mind doing that.

Not only that, but it’s telling that President Obama actually believes that it’s the”obligation” of the business community to help America grow. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the “obligation” of business to try and make money for themselves and their stockholders via the sale of a quality product or service?

Would someone buy this President a clue? Please?

California: In which I contemplate becoming a criminal

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**Posted by Phineas

Sadness. My last 100-watt incandescent light bulb burned out, but I can’t buy another to replace it. Nanny Sacramento has decreed that I may buy no more, in order to save save us from the overuse of energy, a problem government and the environmentalist movement created by doing all they could to stymie new power plants in this state.

But, wait! I can use the Nanny-approved compact fluorescent light! Nick Gillespie tells us why we should be grateful:

Hmmm… I guess they aren’t as wonderful as Nanny told us.

It’s nice to know, with the state in an economic depression and fiscal collapse looming on the horizon, that our masters, the Mandarins of the Green Dome, still think it’s important to regulate the most minor facets of our daily lives. And just to show what good little Green Statists they are, they had to impose our ban a year ahead of similar federal law.

I’m sure they were hoping for a cookie and a pat on the head from Pelosi and Waxman.

Of course, there could be profit for me in all this: smuggling illegal incandescent bulbs from overseas, cleverly hiding them in the trunk under innocuous bags of cocaine and harmless-looking  radical imams. Like a modern Prometheus, I’ll bring cheap light to the people of California! Call me “the Light Bulb Bandit!” No one will suspect me of being a criminal…

Wait. “Criminal?” Make that “freedom fighter!”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)