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Entrepreneurship Will Die in Hillary's America

Entrepreneurship Will Die in Hillary's America

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By Monday, 10 October 2016 04:05 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the second presidential debate, at American University in St. Louis, an audience member asked the candidates how they would appoint Supreme Court justices.

Their responses portend polar-opposite futures of America.

Clouded by the lingering controversy over Trump’s “hot-mic” debacle, this issue fomented no alarm, especially from Republicans. That greatly concerns me.

Hillary Clinton spoke first: "I want to appoint Supreme Court justices who understand the way the world really works, who have real-life experience, who have not just been in a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge and then gotten on the bench, but, you know, maybe they tried some more cases, they actually understand what people are up against." 

Reality: People are up against an overreaching government.

Clinton continued: "I want a Supreme Court that doesn’t always side with corporate interests. I want a Supreme Court that understands because you’re wealthy and you can give more money to something doesn’t mean you have any more rights or should have any more rights than anybody else."

Two questions for Mrs. Clinton: First, Is your “wealthy” gibe autobiographical? Second, Is the Constitution dead to you? Not once did you mention it.

In contrast, Donald Trump posited: "I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia. I’m looking for judges — and I’ve actually picked 20 of them so that people would see, highly respected, highly thought of, and actually very beautifully reviewed by just about everybody. But, people that will respect the Constitution of the United States."

Not only does Trump’s response adhere to the actual duties of a Supreme Court justice, it reinforces the admonition of John Adams, who, in 1780, insisted on "a government of laws, not of men."

Hillary’s America, which she unabashedly telegraphed with her vision of the Supreme Court, would be a nation held hostage to the whims of men. Such a nation will destroy individual rights and economic opportunity.

That’s why the utterings of Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, astounded me. In his pre-debate interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business Network, Case explained why he supports Hillary Clinton: "How do we make sure this country remains the most innovative, entrepreneurial nation? What are the policies around investment incentive? How do you change taxation? How do you change regulations? How do you level the playing field so everybody, everywhere has a shot at the American Dream?"

When Cavuto pressed him on Hillary’s plan to raise taxes and spending, Case waffled, reverting to the traditional platitudes about "moving the country forward, making it more inclusive, and giving opportunity to more people, in more places."

Moving the country forward with higher taxes and more government control? How does this give more opportunity to more people, in more places? It doesn’t. It does the opposite. Why must we keep debating this axiomatic truth?

Finally, Mr. Case allowed that he endorses Hillary, not because Trump offends him but because she "has the best policies around economic growth, job-creation, startups, entrepreneurs, continuing to build on our 250-year history as the most innovative, entrepreneurial nation in the world."

Case’s pronouncements are transparently bogus and troubling. Hillary Clinton and entrepreneurship are as compatible as oil and water.

But, Steve Case reflects the opinions of many establishment business leaders who already have all the wealth they’ll ever need. Their views are destructive to the personal and business lives of lesser beings, especially those trying to build companies from scratch.

No entrepreneur has a shot at the American Dream if big government is alive and the Constitution is dead.

Marc Rudov is a branding adviser to CEOs, and is the author of "Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO's Guide to Branding." He is the founder of MarcRudov.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.



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People are up against an overreaching government. No entrepreneur has a shot at the American Dream if big government is alive and the Constitution is dead.
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