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At least half of America is still reeling from President Barack Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” statement and Hillary Rodham Clinton – a 2016 Presidential hopeful, it should be assumed – doubled down on that statement when she made the curious remark that corporations and businesses do not create jobs. The backlash – not to mention general hilarity – that ensued was almost as predictable as her attempt to back away from that remark now.
Speaking to an audience gathered to support Democrat Martha Coakley in Boston Friday, Clinton said “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” This statement, which defies all logic, is little more than a reflection of the fact that Clinton and Barack Obama are, ideologically speaking, the two peas in the proverbial pod; there is, quite simply, no daylight between them.
One must remember, here, that traditional Democrats believe in the private sector, even though they think it should be subject to heavy government regulation and oversight. The Democratic Party, however, is not controlled by traditional Democrats; it is controlled by Progressives and ‘Progressive’ is nothing more than a nice word for ‘Socialist.’ Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are socialists; even the most cursory study of their respective biographies quickly reveals that much. Socialists do not believe in the private sector – in fact, they despise it. This is precisely why Obama, when talking about enterprise and businesses in the United States, said “you didn’t build that.” It is also precisely why Hillary Clinton chose to tell her audience that the private sector does not create jobs. Her statement has not been taken out of context; it has not been misunderstood and it was not a fumble. Hillary Clinton does not like the private sector, nor does she believe in the private sector. Hillary Clinton believes that all wealth, all development and all of the solutions to society’s problems come from central government.
In the face of a predictable backlash from such an outrageous and wholly inaccurate statement, the Clinton camp is now trying to ‘clarify’ her remarks. At a campaign rally Monday, Clinton said “Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out…” Here, she is directly contradicting her earlier assertion that businesses do not create jobs. In order to give this remark it’s context, it should be noted that she continues “…not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.” The Clinton camp is now saying that she was referring to taxation of the private sector.
This still does not make any sense, however; even if one were to argue that it is, somehow, immoral or unethical to give tax breaks to already profitable corporations and businesses, there can be no denying that the more attractive the environment to private business, the more jobs will be created. If this were not the case, then India, China and other second- and third-world nations would not attract giant American and European corporations.
Hillary Clinton may attempt to back away from her ‘businesses do not create jobs’ remark, but it shows nothing less than a contempt for private enterprise and a direct reflection of Barack Obama’s own socialist thinking; that only central government can create wealth. Unfortunately, history is not on their side. The world has yet to witness a socialist society in which every citizen shared in the wealth and prosperity of politicians and government officials.
Opinion by Graham J Noble