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  • Headlines from the Obama Dependency Economy

    • Politico, April 22nd 2010: New energy powers up lobbying – “Alternative energy used to be just a speed bump on K Street. In 1998, the entire sector spent only $2.4 million lobbying the federal government … In 2009, alternative energy spent $30 million on lobbying, 12 times its 1998 amount.”
    • The Washington Post, May 3rd, 2010: More tech firms setting up offices in Washington area to get federal business – “In general, high-tech jobs in the region have been multiplying at a disproportionately high rate. … The number of software services jobs, for instance, has increased 55 percent in the District, Maryland and Virginia in the past 10 years, as compared with 36 percent nationally. In engineering and technology services, the region has experienced a 38 percent increase, while the nation saw 29 percent growth.”
    • Gallup, May 3rd, 2010: Federal Government Outpaces Private Sector in Job Creation – “Gallup’s Job Creation Index for April reveals significantly more hiring within the federal government than in the private sector. … By almost a 2-to-1 margin, federal employees say their employer is hiring rather than firing, giving the federal government a relatively robust +18 Job Creation Index for April. … The Job Creation Index among private-sector and other non-government workers is +9.”

    Back in 1994 Jonathan Rauch wrote in Government’s End:

    By definition, the power of government to solve problems comes from its ability to reassign resources, whether by taxing, spending, regulating, or simply passing laws. But that very ability energizes countless investors and entrepreneurs and ordinary Americans to go digging for gold by lobbying government. … Economic thinkers have recognized for generations that every person has two ways to become wealthier. One is to produce more, the other is to capture more of what others produce. … Washington looks increasingly like a public-works jobs program for lawyers and lobbyists, a profit center for professionals who are in business for themselves.

    President Obama simply does not comprehend this. He recently told Business Week: “You would be hard-pressed to identify a piece of legislation that we have proposed out there that, net, is not good for businesses.” The President does not understand that there is a difference between being pro-business and being pro-market. When you undermine the bankruptcy system to bailout Chrysler, that may be good for Chrysler, but it is a disaster for markets.

    Every single item of President Barack Obama’s agenda empowers the Washington/lawyer/lobbyist economy over a free allocation of capital. Energy and software companies should be investing in scientists and engineers not lawyers and lobbyists. But when Washington becomes a center making profits, you can not blame firms from investing in the political system. Once industries become dependent on Washington subsidies and regulation, no amount of campaign finance reform will ever stop firms from trying to influence Washington behavior.

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    3 Responses to Headlines from the Obama Dependency Economy

    1. saltboxpages, San Di says:

      Administration officials, who have never had experience in the business world or in the market, cannot understand the difference between being pro-business and pro-market. Career politicians and career educators have no basis in reality to understand the impact their rules and legislation has on business, especially small businesses, and the market place in general.

    2. Don Harper, Lubbock, says:

      D.C. politicians have long excoriated "greedy special interest groups". President Obama is especially adept at this. An honest appraisal of the situation would prove that it is "big government" that is responsible for creating all the special interest groups in the first place. The more gov't interferes, through law-making and regulation, with all aspects of the economy, the more reason various segments of that economy have to protect themselves from that interference, or find ways to profit from it. Big gov't gains power over the people by making them dependent on entitlements; they gain power over business by making them dependent on regulations.

    3. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Amazing isn't it? Afterall, Obama promised "no lobbyist". He also promised,

      amoung many others, "transpanency". What will it take for everyone of us

      to realize Obama has a socialist agenda for this country and will say or do

      anything to complete that agenda. Honor and honesty has no place in

      the Obama world. The biggest mistake is that so many good Americans cannot

      or will not understand that any person, that can be elected by other Americans,

      can be that dishonest and devious. Well believe it people. HE IS!

    4. Billie says:

      Its not the government's job to compete with the private sector. The private sector generates their own money where the government forces the hard earned income of the private sector to pay for government. Government mandates rules and taxes to the private sector that government doesn't follow. All intentional to DESTROY THE PRIVATE SECTOR! pretty soon the obama dependency pathetic peoples programs will consist of the majority from the force of government dictatorial intervention.

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