Barack and Teddy

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Roosevelt fancied himself, as does Obama, as a friend of the oppressed. But, unlike Obama, he saw small business owners as his “natural allies,” writes George Mowry in his history “Era of Theodore Roosevelt.”

William Howard Taft said he never met a man “more strongly in favor of strong government.” (Mowry, “Era of Theodore Roosevelt.”) A quality Obama must admire.

The notion that “businesses were different from individual behavior, or need to be penalized for success beyond what was reasonable was a progressive  principle that soon emerged in many regulations,” Schweikart and Allen write in their history. For the first time during Roosevelt’s Administration, the federal government acted against industry only as “a potential threat, not genuine behavior.” A precedent the Environmental Protection Agency these days considers standard practice.

Teddy sided with labor, as does Barack. Teddy is quoted as saying, “We do not wish to destroy corporations” he generously noted, “but we do wish to make them subserve the public good” (wrote Paul Boyer in “The Enduring Vision”). “Implied in Roosevelt’s astonishing comment was that corporations do not serve the public good on their own.” A point of view Obama undoubtedly shares.

Historians have also written that Teddy “never appreciated what it took to meet a payroll or balance a firm’s books,” a lack of experience Teddy and Barack share.

Roosevelt, the conservationist, set aside 16 million acres of public lands. As recently as this October, Obama set aside 285,000 acres in the west for “solar zones.” More land for more Solyndras.

One important area where Teddy and Barack differ is in national defense. Roosevelt doubled the size of the Navy during his time in office. In Obamaland, on the other hand, military officials are girding for a possible $800 billion cut over the next 12 years. Obama is not a distinguished Commander-in-Chief.

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  • John_Kelly

    Comparing Obama to the "Rough Rider" Teddy Roosevelt is beyond a joke.

    Teddy Roosevelt risked his life for his country when he led the charge at San Juan Hill during the Spanish – American war.

    Obama has proven he will throw anyone under the bus to preserve his own hide and there is NOTHING of heroic stature in this "empty suit."

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    This is a very misleading article. It distorts Theodore Roosevelt's position on Capitalism.
    First, T.R. wasn't anti-capitalism, only anti-trust. He was a trust-buster; and in the case of Standard Oil, which controlled 99%of the oil tank car space in Ohio and Indiana, breaking it up was necessary, because John D. Rockefeller was crowding out smaller refineries from transporting their oil. However,, T.R..didn't take matters to anywhere near the extremes that Obama does–like keeping America from drilling for our own oil; telling Boeing that they can't locate in South Carolina; putting hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of Union thugs–taxpayer dollars I might add. In addition, Obama is trying to destroy the middle class–after all, how many jobs has Obama destroyed?! T.R. NEVER destroyed any jobs; he may have been somewhat biased against BIG business; but had no such bias against small business.. And TR would have been horrified at how Obama is constantly trying to find new ways to tax and spend.; and he would have found the idea of the Federal government suing a state, because that state is trying to get the Feds to do their duty, and protect us from invasion, revolting.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    And although TR didn't have the experience of running a business, I believe he was
    interstate commerce commissioner, during the administration of Benjamin Harrison; so he had some understanding of the workings of business. TR may have been in favor of strong government, but he would have been strongly opposed to Obama's oppressive government.
    TR had to be PERSUADED to support the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.