Just get out of the way

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

I just re­ceived an email blast from Pres­i­dent Obama in which he urged me to put pres­sure on Congress to pass his plan to cre­ate jobs. I replied: Dear Mr. Pres­i­dent: It’s not pos­si­ble for you to: “. . . lay out a clear plan to get Amer­i­cans back to work” be­cause cre­at­ing jobs is not a pres­i­dent’s job.

Cre­at­ing jobs is what I do. I am Main Street Amer­ica.

Even un­der the best of cir­cum­stances, I can do noth­ing more than cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for a job. The po­ten­tial em­ployee is the one who must have the de­sire to pur­sue hap­pi­ness through work. We can only lead a horse to water. We can­not make him drink.

Pro­vid­ing peo­ple with free food, free health care, ex­tended un­em­ploy­ment in­come and other forms of hap­pi­ness is an in­cen­tive to not achieve them through em­ploy­ment.

Tax­ing other work­ers to pro­vide these en­ti­tle­ments breeds re­sent­ment.

Of­fer­ing tax dol­lars to me as an in­cen­tive to hire from a par­tic­u­lar group of peo­ple that you would like be­holden to you for cre­at­ing their job will have no ef­fect.

What you can give us as pres­i­dent is our free­dom. Re­duce the tax and reg­u­la­tory bur­den on Main Street and we will cre­ate the job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Think of it like chick­ens and eggs. If you want more eggs, you first need healthy chick­ens. The rest comes nat­u­rally. David Crawmer North Green­bush, New York

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