RON HART: On the State of the Union

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 06:11 PM.

Tuesday’s State of the Union dress-down was another divisive and arrogant partisan lecture by a failed president. I am glad some of the Supreme Court Justices stopped coming since Obama rudely attacked them on Citizen’s United.

During the Statist of the Union speech, Joe Biden dutifully sat behind the president and clapped on cue to his liberal laundry list. The highly excitable “Plugs” Biden has not been that happy since he heard Viagra will soon go generic.

The best economist of modern times, Milton Friedman, said “a society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” Ironically, Friedman was from the Chicago School of economics, which intellectual heft must battle the class-envy-driven Chicago School of Politics practiced by Professor Barack Obama.

Freedom plays to the best of us, and it is what our country was founded upon. Envy, forbidden in the Ten Commandments and also one of the Seven Deadly Sins, plays to the worst in us. Obama rails against the productive, implying their success was to the detriment of others. This is divisive and conjures up contempt. Did Google expand their free search engine to the advantage or the detriment of those who didn’t? Did Jonah Salk discover penicillin to the detriment or advantage of someone who did not?

What Obama and the Democrats do not get about business — in that they almost all come up only through the political ranks not the private sector — is that economics is not a zero sum game. One person’s success multiplies jobs and opportunity through the region. Obama thinks if Apple succeeds, they must have screwed someone over to do so. It plays to the worst of us, not the best of us.

It is easy and cheap politics to divide our country where you can keep 51 percent resenting the 49 percent so you can get elected. Obama does it well. Yet I hope Americans working hard for a living are tiring of getting taken advantage of by those Americans voting for a living.

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