Juveniles who don't respect the game

© 2019 Jim Spence -  When some politicians talk about economics, it is like listening to small children with no life experiences talk about things of which they know nothing about.
Zone in on Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden when they speak about American companies. To hear them talk, you would think most private employers are pretty much the enemies of the nation that must be handcuffed constantly.
Clearly, Democrats feel their constituents prefer a juvenile approach to economics. Accordingly, Biden, Warren, and their presidential primary competitors take turns one upping each other on employer bashing. There is an exception. When the government is the employer, it is always good.
You can reduce this economic philosophy to a single phrase, “The private sector is mostly bad, and more government is always good.” It is the same philosophy echoed by Stalin in the USSR, Mao in China, Castro in Cuba, Chavez in Venezuela, and Kim in North Korea. Sadly, a juvenile view of free markets shows a complete disrespect for the fundamental essence of global economics, which is competition. The living standards in these places are dwarfed by those in countries that embrace free markets.
To truly understand the intensity of real-world global economic competition, it is instructive to observe international athletic competitions. These competitions are a metaphor for global economic competition. We recorded the President’s Cup golf matches from Australia the last four days. The competition was between many of America’s very best players and a field of talented international golfers from many different nations. Anyone watching Ryder Cup competitions or President’s Cup competitions over the years knows how difficult it is to win. The very best American golfers play Ryder Cup every two years. Though we have some of the most phenomenal golfers in the world in the U.S., over the last twenty-four years the Americans record is 3 wins and 9 losses. The Americans have fared better in President’s Cup, but winning is never easy. In a contest where thirty points were available, the Americans won 16-14 this weekend.
Democrats pretend it is a birthright of American companies to dominate the world in any competition despite the fact this just isn’t so. Competition isn’t just intense in golf or at the Olympics, it is intense in everything. There are many players both corporate and athletic, in many locales that strive for excellence and achieve it. Competition is relentless and it is customers/fans who benefit.
My good friend Gary Ward, a Hall of Fame baseball coach who led Oklahoma State University, won sixteen straight Big 8 baseball championships during his tenure. Gary has a saying, “You have to respect the game.” Gary would say this anytime he saw juvenile body language on display in competition.
When asked what he meant Ward asserted that, particularly with young people coming out of high school who have dominated competitions at those lower levels, often there is an alarming sense of arrogance that must be corrected. Many juvenile athletes simply don’t appreciate the difficulties of increasing levels of competition. When they leave high school and advance up the ladder, they often have a lack of respect for their opponents. When challenged by others with considerable gifts they react immaturely. They are shocked that simply showing up is not all they need to do to be competitive. It is a basic "disrespect for the game."
People who make payrolls through thick and thin and work long hours competing for customers, don't have the luxury of disrespecting the game. Striving to improve processes so that products and services are continuously improving, involves respect for the essence of competition.
The immature attitudes of people like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren towards economics and the difficulties of meeting obligations involved in being an employer are juvenile. Their inane utterances wear very thin quickly with those battling it out in the real world. Biden, Warren and others of their ilk do none of these things. Their very existence is dependent on confiscating the production of others, not earning their own keep.
Unfortunately, in the Democratic Party, there is no competition of ideas on improved public policies that are based on competitive realities. Instead, it is a bogus competition to peddle disrespect for REAL economic competition. This is not a viable economic philosophy. In their worlds, the corporate competitive equivalents of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, and Dustin Johnson, our great American companies, should be stifled, harassed, and stymied by an activist U.S. government protecting mythical victims from their talents, great products, and work ethic.
Democrats have an almost limitless penchant for imposing additional competitive burdens on people and/or companies making payrolls in the U.S. Their approach is quite juvenile simply because they don’t respect the game.
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