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Two Americas
Tony Rubolotta
June 8, 2013
Dividing a nation against itself can be a winning strategy. The object may be territory, diminishment of power and influence, economic decline, malaise and reduced morale. The divide and conquer strategy is applicable whether the conflict is military, economic or ideological. The strategy is more effective when used against an unsuspecting and misled populous. This has been one of several strategies used to transform America. Stripping away the deceptions reveals the divisions are not always as liberals and the media portray them.

Joe Wurzelbacher v. George Kaiser
Who doesn't know Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher and the discomfort he caused Barack Obama on the campaign trail in 2008? Joe's pursuit of the American dream was to save and invest in his own business. Many of us could identify with Joe as an ordinary working stiff trying to take advantage of the greatest engine for opportunity in the world, the American free market. He had no political connections and no celebrity status. He was not seeking government guaranteed loans or handouts but was questioning an Obama tax policy that would punish success.

In contrast, multi-millionaire George "the Bundler" Kaiser, an Obama campaign contributor, became a beneficiary of the Obama wealth redistribution policy Joe was questioning. Kaiser's Argonaut Ventures I LCCC was an investor in Solyndra, which received a $535 million government loan. Very few Americans can identify with Kaiser and his ability to purchase political favors and financial guarantees for risk taking. If Joe's attempt to start a business failed, he would have to suffer the consequences and ensuing hardship in silence. If Kaiser failed, he had the government to absorb his losses thanks to his political connections. Kaiser would pay very little cost for failure and enjoy a life style well beyond the means of most Americans.

Joe the Plumber was mocked and ridiculed by the media in retaliation for making Obama look bad. How dare this lowly guy aspire to start his own business and question Obama? Joe the Plumber became the target of numerous "media investigations" and harassment. Kaiser, on the other hand was lauded as a leader of the "green" technology crusade. Who could dare compare the ambitions of a plumber to fix leaky faucets with the messianic mission of saving the planet?

When Solyndra went bankrupt, Argonaut Ventures was reimbursed its losses while the taxpayers, Joe the Plumber among them, got zilch.

When Obama spoke to Joe Wurzelbacher, he said, "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance at success, too." George Kaiser must have been one of those behind Joe because Obama was true to his word and gave George his chance at success. This practice continues as politically connected businesses and unions get the lion's share of wealth redistribution, most of which will never be paid back. The politicians will guarantee that their multi-millionaire and union benefactors suffer as little as possible.

If you are a liberal trying to start a business without political connections, welcome to the America where most people live. Until you pay homage to the politicians that manipulate the government purse strings, you are in the same boat as the rest of us, forced to subsidize the risks of the bundlers and contributors while the risks you assume are entirely your own. In this divide, the "haves" are those with political influence and the "have nots" are those without.

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