Skip to comments.Obama at Poverty Forum on ‘Capitalist Types Who Are Reading Ayn Rand & Think Everybody Are Moochers’
Posted on 05/12/2015 8:19:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama said today that the incidents with police in Baltimore and Ferguson, along with a growing awareness of inequality in our society, can turn attention back to poverty in America and bridge ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress.
At the Georgetown University panel on poverty, Obama name-dropped Ayn Rand and acknowledged he may speak differently to a black audience.
Panelists joining the president were American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor Robert Putnam, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne.
The stereotype is that youve got folks on the left who just want to pour more money into social programs, and dont care anything about culture or parenting or family structures, and thats one stereotype. And then youve got cold-hearted, free market, capitalist types who are reading Ayn Rand and think everybody are moochers. And I think the truth is more complicated, Obama said.
I think that there are those on the conservative spectrum who deeply care about the least of these, deeply care about the poor; exhibit that through their churches, through community groups, through philanthropic efforts, but are suspicious of what government can do. And then there are those on the left who I think are in the trenches every day and see how important parenting is and how important family structures are, and the connective tissue that holds communities together and recognize that that contributes to poverty when those structures fray, but also believe that government and resources can make a difference in creating an environment in which young people can succeed despite great odds.
Brooks quipped that when Obama was railing on cold-hearted capitalists, what was going through my head was, please dont look at me, please dont look at me.
Im more outnumbered than my Thanksgiving table in Seattle, let me tell you, the head of the free-enterprise think tank added.
So how are we on the center right talking about poverty in the most effective way? Number one is with a conceptual matter. We have a grave tendency on both the left and the right to talk about poor people as the other. Remember in Matthew 25, these are our brothers and sisters, Brooks continued.
When you talk about people as your brothers and sisters you dont talk about them as liabilities to manage. Theyre not liabilities to manage. Theyre assets to develop because every one of us made in Gods image is an asset to develop. Thats a completely different approach to poverty alleviation. Thats a human capital approach to poverty alleviation. Thats what we can do to stimulate that conversation on the political right, just as it can be on the political left.
Obama maintained that a free market is perfectly compatible with government investment programs.
People dont like being poor. Its time-consuming. Its stressful. Its hard. And so over time, families frayed. Men who could not get jobs left. Mothers who are single are not able to read as much to their kids. So all that was happening 40 years ago to African-Americans, the president said. And now what were seeing is that those same trends have accelerated and theyre spreading to the broader community.
He added that over the past few decades the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, dont want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.
And, look, its still being propagated, Obama continued. I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu they will find folks who make me mad. I dont know where they find them. Theyre like, I dont want to work, I just want a free Obama phone or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative right? that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress which is much more typical whos raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still cant pay the bills.
Obama also commented on this whole family-character values-structure issue.
Its true that if Im giving a commencement at Morehouse that I will have a conversation with young black men about taking responsibility as fathers that I probably will not have with the women of Barnard. And I make no apologies for that. And the reason is, is because I am a black man who grew up without a father and I know the cost that I paid for that. And I also know that I have the capacity to break that cycle, and as a consequence, I think my daughters are better off, he said.
When Im sitting there talking to these kids, and Ive got a boy who says, you know what, how did you get over being mad at your dad, because Ive got a father who beat my mom and now has left, and has left the state, and Ive never seen him because hes trying to avoid $83,000 in child support payments, and I want to love my dad, but I dont know how to do that Im not going to have a conversation with him about macroeconomics.
The president said hes all for values and character things stressed by Brooks but I also know that that character and the values that our kids have that allow them to succeed, and delayed gratification and discipline and hard work that all those things in part are shaped by what they see, what they see really early on.
And some of those kids right now, because of no fault of those kids, and because of history and some tough going, generationally, some of those kids, theyre not going to get help at home, Obama added. Theyre not going to get enough help at home. And the question then becomes, are we committed to helping them instead?
Yeah, right. Just like you and your Moochelle.
This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. The biggest, laziest ass , no count bum of a president lecturing the rest of us on responsibility. What a prick.
He is such an anti-American creep.
Can’t understand why Americans think Baqaq is a Communist.
This is classic. It really can get worse.
Well, Rand was right and nearly half the country ARE. 60% are also clinically insane.
People who live off of others ARE moochers.
Silly clingers, why would they think such a ridiculous thing? Wasn't there some commie running for POTUS in 08 that kept talking about how he wanted to redistribute other people's money, "spread the wealth around" as he put it? Oh, wait.....
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Well, a lot of 'em are.
The truth is never complicated you jack wagon.
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and think everybody is a moocher.
college graduate? What a buffoon! 2nd grade grammar.
Nothing he says before the word "But" means a damn thing.
The rhetoric is being ratcheted up and it scares me as to what he wants to do these last 570 days.
I thought we bought a lot of insurance with the republican landslide.
I didn’t listen to the freepers that knew better. I called them cynical and downers. No. they were just honest. And right.
McConnell, Graham, Corker, Boehner et al go to heck
Obama says the most ridiculous things -- who feeds him these lines?
Do his scriptwriters really think that Americans won't know that before the "Great Society, poor men did not desert their families. And that only after the Great Society -- they did.
Coming from the biggest psychopath, Klownie the Kenyan propagated every poor to depend on the govt for everything. This jackass has no right to lecture about the victimhood of poverty.
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