Barack Obama vs. Steve Jobs

The contrast between an economic taker and a giver to the economy.

The philosophies and accomplishments of two famous Americans are strikingly different. One has taken from us; the other has given to us.

Barack Obama is the symbol of socialistic incompetence run amok. He has stolen our security. The late Steve Jobs of entrepreneurial fame gave us the promise of innovation and a brighter life.

Obama rejected the American characteristic of exceptionalism. Jobs epitomized American exceptionalism at its most productive. Obama is driven by bureaucratic planning and narcissism. Jobs was driven by individual initiative, personal responsibility, and consumer needs to achieve national prosperity.

The National Review's deputy managing editor Kevin Williamson took it one step further, contrasting the Apple founder's innovation with the ennui of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement:

[N]ever has the divide between the iPhone world and the politics world been so clear: I saw a bunch of people very well-served by their computers and telephones (very often Apple products) but undeniably shortchanged by our government-run cartel education system. And the tragedy for them — and for us — is that they will spend their energy trying to expand the sphere of the ineffective, hidebound, rent-seeking, unproductive political world, giving the... even stronger whip hand over the Steve Jobses and Henry Fords—and we will be the poorer for it.

The Obama failures keep piling up. There are too many to count, probably because some have yet to come to light. But the overhaul of the country’s health care system probably leads the pack. ObamaCare has added to the $14 trillion dollar debt and the job-stagnant economy. The stock market yo-yo, bankers’ reluctance to lend and businesses’ fear of hiring can be attributed to Democrat policy uncertainties, along with the entanglement of regulations.

Just a smattering of Obama's other failures include: faith in his attorney general, who may well be responsible for the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal; the president’s empty hope of changing the energy environment and creating jobs with costly “green” projects; Obama’s trusted advisers, from Rev. Wright, to Bill Ayers, to Van Jones to Valerie Jarrett, to George Soros, identifies the radical anti-Americanism that has guided his decisions.

Not to mention: Obama’s class warfare, his letting lefties Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid write legislation he seeks; his multitude of appointed czars as advisers so he could bypass Senate confirmation; his delays and indecisions on giving the military what they need to win; his lack of support for Israel; his bending to our enemies and giving our allies the back of his hand; firing the head of General Motors; allowing unions a large share in businesses taken over by government; and bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Jobs, in contrast, was a titan—perhaps the titan of the digital age. He was clearly a visionary who changed the way people use technology. His death was a national loss. He is surely “one of the few people in any field who can plausibly be compared with America’s greatest inventors,” as some have noted.

Unlike Obama, Steve Jobs advanced the nation’s competitiveness and advanced opportunities for untold numbers of Americans. As Apple CEO, Jobs took Apple to new heights with communications technology like the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

The only heights to which Obama has taken America are in debt, deficits, and hypocrisy.

Jobs provided employment for hundreds of thousands of Americans, which is immensely more than Obama has done. Jobs’ influence can be seen everywhere. In Arkansas a farmer monitors crops from his fields with his iPhone. A North Carolina father has an app that enables him to communicate with his disabled son. A technology worker in Silicon Valley uses an Apple program to send lectures around the globe. Thousands of troops are using iPhones and the tablet developed by Jobs.

Some of Jobs’ products help Wall Street generate millions of dollars. This has to be much to the displeasure of class-warfare Obama and his Democratic allies.