The Trouble With Sorcery

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).

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Economics is not nearly as complicated as our brilliant Washington D.C. minds say it is.  It is not an art requiring the ability to read the chicken entrails spilled by the accountant on the third floor of the Department of Labor.  Successful economics is about providing incentives to the individual to produce more goods and services that other people want to consume.  That’s it.  Anything that quashes those incentives hurts the economy; anything that boosts those incentives helps the economy.

But liberals have a stake in turning government into sorcery so that they can get their way while mystifying the people.  Actually, that’s the entire basis of liberal government over the past hundred years: don’t try governing at home, kids – leave it to the professionals.  That’s how we end up with the odd notion that the president of the United States “runs” the economy.  It’s a misnomer embraced by members of both parties.  When Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Obama say they will “create jobs,” the answer is: no, you won’t.  We will, if you leave us the hell alone.  Government is there to stop people from stealing our money.  It’s not there to turn our sow’s ear into a silk purse.

While we continue to buy into the perverse fiction that the real sorcerers out there –those who staff the administrative agencies that control our lives – we’ll give up our liberties and our freedoms.  What’s worse, we’ll act as though if we just get the right sorcerer in office, he’ll do the trick.  Like the villagers of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, we’ll search for a witch who weighs the same as a duck, and is therefore made of wood.

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  • ARay

    Presto! The Census bureau says half of the populace now is in poverty today. Obama's Census bureau say it, so lets all start chanting it til election day! "Obama-nomics equals poverty for you and me!"

  • ARay

    50% are now poor, shove Obama out the door!

  • davarino

    Maybe obama should consult Harry Potter to come up with the right spell.

    Economics is a mystery boys and girls, dont try this at home

  • StephenD

    He has to do none of the above.

    He already has the Treasury printing all the money he'll need. Why, we've already tested the waters and it works! When we can't sell our bonds overseas we'll print more money and buy them from ourselves! Suddenly, we have more money in the till…out of thin air!

    But hey, we only need it to stay afloat until he is re-elected. Then to hell with it and the inflation tank runs us over. But then, who cares, "his eminence, the most illustrious potentate" will be secure in his tower.

    Look at the bright side, he won’t have to pretend anymore and may stop telling us it’s Bush’s fault!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Do Republicans have any magic, maybe eye of Newt? Three witches,
    "bubble bubble, toil and trouble" makes one wonder how they saw our
    times in that cauldron. The problem with the Democrats is that they are
    using snake oil and the chief snake oil salesman is not so hot with his
    black magic, kind of got us in a spin, spin, spin, i'm going to throw up!

  • Adam

    Ben, I really appreciate your elucidating articles. Perhaps you could shed some light on these issues that honestly confuse some of the less brainy among us.
    1. Why in an age when the Constitution is much discussed will virtually no one touch the subject of the Constitutionality of what it means to be a 'Natural Born Citizen'?
    2. Why the fact the Obama and his wife both had to surrender their law licenses is never mentioned.
    3. Why the apparent fact that Obama has a suspect social security # is never mentioned.
    4. Why there is no demand to prove he actually attended Columbia when the preponderance of evidence says he did not.
    6. Why did members of the Saudi royal family donate millions to Harvard on his behalf?
    7. Why he can present 3 different birth certificates, all apparently counterfeit and there is
    near silence on the issue.
    8. Why his justice department can run a false flag operation 'Fast and Furious' which contributed to the deaths of Mexicans and at least one US citizen is hardly discussed when everyone talks about what a strong candidate Obama will be. What did he know and when did he know it – should be shouted by everyone running for office.
    These are just a few of the many questions that really confuse those like myself that are simple minded and not sophisticated.
    Thank you,
    Adam in NY

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      AdaminNY: Here's one to add to your list–Where are Obama's girlfriends? You don't hear anything in the press about that; all you hear is that he's a good family man. Well, he might well be a good family man. But its difficult to believe that our President doesn't have a mistress somewhere.

      • Adam

        More likely a boyfriend.