(National Sentinel)Â Politics:Â Understand that toÂ us,Â there is no better economic model than the free market. Businesses and companies should be free to innovate and develop – then charge whatever they have decided their products are worth and what people are willing to pay for them.
By the same token, individuals should be free toÂ decide, based on many factors,Â what value they bring to certain situations, and be compensated appropriately.
We don’t need – and should not have – government making these decisions for us.
So if former President Barack Obama can actually get someone to pay him $3 millionÂ justÂ to hear him speak, we say go for it.
As reported by the UK’sÂ Express:
Barack ObamaÂ will reportedly pocket a staggering Â£2.5million (â‚¬3million) today for delivering a speech to a sold-out audience in Milan as part of his lucrative post-presidential speaking tour.
The former President, who has already earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for private speeches since leaving the White House, will make his highest-paying appearance yet at the Global Food Innovation Summit today.
President Obama flew into Italyâ€™s business capital yesterday, and according to local media headed straight for the extravagant Park Hyatt hotel, which can cost up to Â£7,100 (â‚¬8,400) a night.
After bringing the city to a standstill with a convoy of 14 cars, a helicopter and a 300-strong police escort, President Obamaâ€™s entourage reportedly took over two floors of the hotel.
Good for him. No one ever expected the former president and his family to starve once he left office.
But, it’s a shame that Obama doesn’t believe the free market should apply to everyone, equally, atÂ all times.
That’s the only way to explain whyÂ he would support and sign health care legislation that decimates market-determined services, costs and pricing; impose reams of regulations and implement policies that choke innovation; destroy job creation and dismember the free market for average Americans (which is like 98 percent of us) with opportunity-sapping rules.
Too critical? Well, Obama was the first president inÂ ourÂ history to have presided over an economy that never managed 3 percent growth in aÂ single quarter.
So this incredibleÂ display of indulgence and privilege in Milan also wouldn’t be any big deal, if only Obama hadn’t pretended to ‘hate the rich’ before he ran for president and after he took office. Remember all of those lectures he gave us regarding “fairness” and “equality” in discussing issues like women’s pay, minimum wage increases, the supposed excesses of Wall Street and the need for millionaires and billionaires to “pay their fair share” of taxes (hint: they already payÂ nearly all income taxes)?
His supporters should understandÂ it was all for show. He didn’t mean it, like he’s never meant much of what he’s said.
Our complete and utter believe in the free market knows no bounds and is not limited to a singular political ideology. We wantÂ all Americans to be able to determine their worth and the worth of the goods and services they produce, not Washington’s bureaucracy or Congress.
Obama obviously believes in the free market now. Too bad he didn’t act on that belief before.
More proof Democrats become Democrats in large part because they have no hypocrisy gene.