Government cannot make that connection between producers’ efforts and consumers’ desires. Only a free market can do that. Mr. Obama seems to think that government can dictate what people should want and need — that government can decide which businesses will best serve consumers. He continues to promise economic recovery built upon government investment. He promises government-created jobs for their own sake, with no regard as to whether those jobs serve any real market demand. Jobs that don’t serve market demand are destined to be short-lived. Just ask the former employees of Solyndra. Government could pay people to run on hamster wheels in the name of job creation, but it would do absolutely nothing to grow the economy.
Mr. Obama has been unable to spur substantial economic growth because he does not understand what an economy is. It’s free people doing things for each other — free people producing goods and services that others find valuable.
We need a president who will get out of the way and let this happen. We need a president who will provide an environment for economic relationships to flourish. We need a president who will not seek to divide America by chiding the most productive among us.
Joseph Petros is an associate at the law firm of Warren and Young PLL in Ashtabula, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.