Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Obama's 'Chicago Way'
Plunders The Private Sector

by Michael Barone - June 2nd, 2010 - Washington Examiner

Obama could not have risen so far so fast without a profound understanding of the Chicago Way. And he has brought the Chicago Way to the White House.

One prime assumption of the Chicago Way is that there will always be a bounteous private sector that politicians can plunder endlessly. Chicago was America's boom town from 1860 to 1900, growing from nothing to the center of the nation's railroad network, the key nexus between farm and factory, the headquarters of great retailers and national trade associations.

The Mayors Daley have maintained Chicago's centrality in commerce by building and expanding O'Hare International Airport and by fostering a culture of crony capitalism with the city's big employers and labor unions. Chicago survived the Depression and recessions to thrive once again. Sure, small businesses and some outfits lacking political connections fell by the wayside. But the system seems to go on forever.

So it's natural for a Chicago Way president to assume that higher taxes and a hugely expensive health care regime will not make a perceptible dent in the nation's private sector economy. There will always be plenty to plunder

The Chicago Way and the willingness of those who succeed in free enterprise to become a part of the socialist machine and "go along" with the Chicago way, reminds me of Nikita Kruschev and his famous repeat of Lenin's quote, "Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

It appears that here in America, that prediction is coming true.


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