Ted Leonsis, the Internet pioneer and owner of Washington sports teams, voted for President Obama and maxed out on personal donations to his re-election campaign. But he's not a fan of the president's class warfare campaign.
Explaining that his dad was a waiter and his mom a secretary, Leonsis says he has empathy for the lower and middle classes. He says he would have been proud to become a leader in the grocery store where he worked in his younger days but through good fortune and hard work his career was even more successful.
I say this as I read all of the rhetoric about Class Warfare, the rift that is being created between economic middle and lower class and as the President said “those millionaires and billionaires.”
The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?
Economic Success has somehow become the new boogie man; some in the Democratic party are now casting about for enemies and business leaders and anyone who has achieved success in terms of rank or fiscal success is being cast as a bad guy in a black hat. This is counter to the American Dream and is really turning off so many people that love American and basically carry our country on their back by paying taxes and by employing people and creating GDP. ...
Why do we devalue success in the US when the rest of the world is trying to emulate what we have created as an economic system?
Leonsis points out that he lives modestly compared to President Obama and that the companies he owns or has large stakes in support 500 charities. He thinks President Obama should try a different rhetorical move:
Pick some business leaders that you work with and make them heroes. Don’t demonize them. Showcase them as great Americans that care and hire and employ people. Employment is the biggest issue you will face when re-election comes. If people aren’t working, they will blame you and your administration. And since you have never worked before in a real job for a real company, you need help from people who have been there. Don’t push them away!
Ouch. If this is how Obama's friends and donors are talking to him, what must the rest of the country be thinking?