1/09/2009

The Ten Cannots -- Advice For Obama

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

-- Rev. William John Henry Boetcker, 1873

12 comments:

Brooke said...

Great post, PF!!!

Thou shalt not was probably not a lot of what Obama got at that 'church' of his...

M.A. said...

These should be seared into the desk in the Oval Office.

Z said...

oh, but obama's TRYINGGGGG to!!

The Hermit said...

Old Reverand Boetcker had it right. 1873 was a good long while ago, but there are plenty who still haven't gotten the message.

Yehudi said...

PF, I'm starting to get the feeling you are less-than-enthused about the incoming president.

Papa Frank said...

That's an understatement!

Papa Frank said...

The one good thing about it is that it SHOULD make conservative people stronger and much more vigilant.

Yehudi said...

There is nothing we can do now, since he is the duly-elected president, except pray. I pray that he actually does something good for our economy, that he will show himself to be a staunch supporter and friend of Israel, and that he won't do anything stupid that compromises the security of Israel or the United States. That's all we can really do at this point.

cube said...

Let's hope BO is listening.

Pinky said...

Such wise words!

I agree, we must pray and stay active locally. I think we'll see a ground-swell of Reagan conservatism over the next four years.

Michael said...

What? Century old common sense for the Chosen One?

Frank, you're askin' a lot....

Ducky's here said...

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

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Actually you can have excessive savings which seizes up the demand side, as Keynes pointed out.

Have to strike a balance. It might be worthwhile to reword this as not gaining prosperity by encouraging unsupportable debt.

Of course ever since St. Ronnie the right knows all there is to know about generating debt.