Preaching to the choir, unfortunately

Frank Fleming writes a great essay on those who feel that intentions matter, not results

People have started to learn some disturbing facts about likely Republican  presidential nominee Mitt Romney: He once worked for Bain Capital — which is  what’s known as a private-sector business. Harmless as the term sounds, it’s  much scarier once you understand how such outfits operate.

A private-sector business doesn’t even pretend to make decisions based on how  to best help people or what creates the most jobs or even on what will most  equally distribute income. It makes decisions based only on what creates a  profit.

Yes, it’s frightening to think that something so mercenary even exists — even  worse that someone who worked for something like that could actually become  president. Of course, the only people who should lead our country and manage our  economy are those who remain unsullied by the private sector’s for-profit  mentality: career politicians.

Look at President Obama. His first job was “community organizer.” Do you  think that job made a profit for anybody? No way. Did it provide goods or  services a consumer might want to pay for? No.

The purpose of a community organizer is . . . well, I’m still kind of vague  on the specifics, but I’m pretty sure it’s about helping people. People who live  in a community — a disorganized one.

The point is, while Obama was doing this, Romney was rubbing his hands  together like Gollum, exclaiming, “Precious, precious money!” And to get that  money, he worked hard to trim costs and do whatever else he could to make a  business successful. If elected president, he might look on the economy with  cold, cynical eyes that judge everything by how profitable it is — as opposed to  Obama, who looks at the economy and says, “Yay, look at all this money I can  take to help people!”

 

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  1. Balzac

    Sarah Palin had the best observation on this topic. She said “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”