Fred Johnson columnist
We saw it in 2012 when we had a successful businessman run against a community organizer for president. The businessman was accused of being too rich, not caring about the middle class and not being “one of us.” So we elected the community organizer and we got Cash for Clunkers, Shovel (not) Ready Jobs, Fast and Furious, the Solyndra scandal, soaring deficits, tax increases, a stagnant economy and strangling rules and regulations. Our government agencies such as the IRS, VA hospitals, EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Energy and CDC are proving to be incompetent at best and maybe running their own agenda at worst. Internationally, Islamic terrorists are retaking Iraq after we withdrew all of our troops and Russia is retaking parts of Ukraine, stealing credit card information from American companies and making practice bombing runs against U.S. military installations. Democrats think that the government is essential to a successful business. In a 2012 campaign speech, President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Most of Obama’s Cabinet members have had careers as lawyers, college professors or politicians. There’s little expertise with the nuts and bolts of running a business. Lately, we are seeing buyer’s remorse. A recent CNN poll shows that if the 2012 election were held again, Romney would capture 53% of the popular vote, with the President at 44%. Replays of a 2012 Presidential debate are emerging that show Mitt Romney criticizing the Obama administration’s failure to negotiate a “status of forces agreement” with the Iraqi government to allow some U.S. troops to remain in Iraq. In the debate, Obama criticized Romney for calling Russia our “biggest geopolitical foe.” History has shown that Romney was correct on both points. In Georgia, we have a successful businessman running in the U.S. Senate race. Democrats are giving him the same treatment they gave Romney by attacking his business success. The Georgia Senate race is very important nationally because Republicans need to gain only six Senate seats to replace Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Let’s not make the same mistake we made in 2012 when we go to the polls in November. As to why Democrats fear business people? I think it is because businesses really do perform better with less government, while Democrats live and breathe big government with stifling rules and regulations and ever increasing taxes. Plus, businesses create real wealth while government only spends other people’s wealth.