Gov. Bobby Jindal
President Obama is in New Orleans today. One wonders if, during his visit to the Crescent City, he will repeat the now infamous claim that “If you have a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Given the firestorm that erupted after that claim, it’s doubtful he will do so.
But we should not forget his words. President Obama’s comments were not a one-off gaffe. Instead, they define his administration.
This election is defined by a single choice — will we put our trust in the government or in the American people? President Obama’s comments only make explicit what we’ve always known about his philosophy. From the first days of his administration, he has turned to the power of the federal government to address the struggles we face.
When President Obama sought to address the recession that still plagues us, he turned to a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus as his answer. To his friends and campaign contributors, he directed billions of dollars that ended up in companies such as Solyndra. While Solyndra is not the only one of President Obama’s failed energy projects, it is certainly the most famous. Surveying his investment at the energy firm’s headquarters, President Obama said that companies like Solyndra would always be “the true engine of economic growth.” Of course, we now know just how wrong President Obama was. Solyndra is bankrupt, the American people are out $500 million, and 1,800 workers are out of a job.