Collectivism, Cronyism, or Free Markets? The Only Debate


About the author: David is executive director and founder of CEOs for Liberty, a private membership-only group for CEOs, business owners, and executives with a mission to enhance and protect American business exceptionalism. David founded CFL in 2011 given his concer ... [read 's FULL BIO]

As we approach what is likely the most important ideological election in our lifetimes — a choice which will define our future based upon proven principles of free-market success or of collectivist failure — it is critical that we are able to cut through the spin and noise of the debates and final campaign pitches to focus on what is most important.

If we are concerned about truly reversing our decline and restoring and sustaining American exceptionalism, we must pay close attention to how the candidates address the following questions first:
Are we going to return to proven free-market principles, or continue to move to socialist-collectivist, crony capitalist economics?

Are we going to return to the proven principles of success and leadership, or continue to move towards the proven-to-fail principles of mediocrity and despair?

I believe these questions define the most important decision in this election. For until we have a reliable and proven economic engine in place, and until we re-affirm our birthright of free-markets and individual liberty, we cannot resolve the majority of our challenges — from new job creation, health care costs, and effective education, to national defense, debt and deficit reduction. Without a prosperous economy, there is no viable resource to resolve our challenges. We can only borrow money from China and print money out of thin air for so long before the dollar is worthless, and America is worthless. Zimbabwe II.

Therefore, we need to listen very closely for the policy positions of each candidate and understand their track records. And if our economy is the priority, as business success drives our economic success, we need to ask ourselves what policies destroy or enable business and commerce to flourish?

More taxation? Less taxation?
More regulation? Less regulation?
More State control (all government) of resources and information? Less control?
More intervention? Less intervention?
More State control of education? Less control?
More State control of what you think and believe? Less control?
More public debt? Less public debt?
More overall State control of our lives (all aspects of our lives as citizens and as buyers and sellers of goods and services in our economy)? Or, Less State control?

And what are the business owners in America saying in response to these questions?

“69% of small business owners say Obama’s policies have hurt them.” (1)
“89% believe these tax increases will negatively impact their operations.” (2)
“79% of small businesses surveyed feel that the Administration is not doing enough to keep energy prices low, and 76% say that higher energy prices threaten their business.” (2)
“72% say they are very concerned.. about the ‘fiscal cliff'” (Fiscal cliff refers to the eventual crash that will result from our unsustainable debt and deficit). (2)
“84% say they are pessimistic about their future operations in light of recent unemployment numbers and low workforce participation.” (2)

“There is still overwhelming support among small businesses for candidates who support free enterprise, with 97% citing it as a factor in how they vote.” (2)
Business owners in America are deciding to restore American free-markets and individual choice because they know we cannot negotiate with the principles and laws of sound economics and commerce. Every American needs to support our businesses in this effort. These natural laws and principles will not bend for anyone, anytime, anyplace.

And, as if the fact that we have recently slipped to #10 on the Economic Freedom Index and #7 on the National Competitiveness list as a result of attempting to operate against these laws and principles was not bad enough, our performance continues to slip as we are now 166th on the list of GDP growth. There is no question we need to emergently change our leadership to restore American business exceptionalism, and restore America.

“The United States is already below 75 percent of the world in GDP growth. That means we’re well below Egypt, Mexico and Albania. Forget beating China, which is No. 10 while we’re No. 166 and falling, we need to start figuring out how to get ahead of our immediate rivals, Bosnia, Jamaica and Cuba.” (3)

Under the policies of collectivism and cronyism, America is sinking faster than Solyndra, and bragging rights are to slower GDP growth than Cuba. The only solution is we must rapidly, decisively, and unemotionally address each of the issues above, and more, if we are to save American industry and address all other national concerns. Until America recognizes this as THE senior issue and acts rapidly to re-align with reality, America will continue Her rapid decline. Don’t let the noise and spin of the final weeks of the campaign distract you from the real question… will we continue down the path of collectivism and cronyism, or will we restore America’s birthright of free-markets and individual liberty? This is the only real debate.

(C) David M Chaney 2012 – CEOsforLiberty.org facebook.com/CEOsforLiberty and facebook.com/WhyWeBuildIt 2012 (Do not reprint without express written permission. Share on social networks with attribution. Contact: [email protected])

(1) http://nation.foxnews.com/barack-obama/2012/09/26/poll-69-small-business-owners-says-obama-s-policies-have-hurt-them

(2) http://www.uschambersmallbusinessnation.com/community/small-business-outlook-survey-2012-q3

(3) http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/obamas-america-has-worse-gdp-growth-than-cuba/

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