A greedy businessman is telling Barack Obama that he needs to quit attacking successful people who earn lots of money. The twist is that the “greedy” businessman is one of America’s most prominent black men.
Robert Johnson started from nothing and has built up an empire worth more than half a billion dollars. He doesn’t appreciate the attacks coming from Obama leveled at people — such as Johnson — who have earned their money. On Fox News Sunday, he had this to say:
“Well, I think the president has to recalibrate his message. You don’t get people to like you by attacking them or demeaning their success. You know, I grew up in a family of 10 kids, first one to go to college, and I’ve earned my success. I’ve earned my right to fly private if I choose to do so.
“And by attacking me it is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy. You know, it is the old — I think Ted and Fred and I we both sort of take the old Ethel Merman approach to life. I’ve tried poor and I tried rich and I like rich better. It doesn’t mean that I am a bad guy.
“I didn’t go in to business to create a public policy success for either party, Republican or Democrat. I went in business to create jobs and opportunity, create opportunity, create value for myself and my investors. And that’s what the president should be praising, not demagoguing us simply because Warren Buffet says he pays more than his secretary. He should pay the secretary more and she will pay more.”
It shouldn’t make any difference whether the guy is black or white or purple, but in the political environment, it does make a difference. Johnson is merely saying what most people who are successful are thinking. They’re thinking that they worked hard for their success and they don’t appreciate someone such as Obama (or any other politician) implying that they don’t deserve to keep what they’ve earned.
We need more businesspeople who are willing to openly stand up to the looters and assert that they’ve earned their money and don’t intend to give it up without a fight. And if other guilty rich people — such as Warren Buffet — believe they should pay more taxes, I’ve outlined before exactly what they should do about that.