Root on “Savage Nation” Calls for Nationwide Protests to “SHUT DOWN AMERICA” by Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs 
Root Says “Obama Has Declared WAR on Small Business Owners and Productive Taxpayers

Root Calls for Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, High-Income Earners to Unionize with the PSTA (Private Sector Taxpayers of America)

Las Vegas, NV—March 4, 2009--Libertarian 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root will present a Commentary on “President Obama’s War on Small Business” on Michael Savage's national radio show "Savage Nation" on Wednesday 3/4/09. Root will appear in the 3rd hour of Savage's show. Root is now a regular weekly commentator on Michael Savage's popular show. "Savage Nation" is the third most popular radio talk show in America, reaching over 8.25 million listeners each day.

Root, the busy 2012 Libertarian Presidential hopeful, and author of the upcoming book, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts” will suggest that self made Americans- entrepreneurs, small business owners, self-employed independent contractors- should organize, mobilize and unionize. Root has named this union the PSTA- the Private Sector Taxpayers of America. Root says, “If Obama loves unions so much, we’ll give him a union- the union of the people in this country who pay most of the taxes, create most of the jobs, provide most of the productivity, make most of the investments, and take all the economic risks.”

“Obama is prejudiced. He is discriminating against one group- the productive class. Instead of raising taxes equally, he has targeted one group to punish, one group to make all the sacrifices, one group to pay for his massive tax increases. But that group is already shouldering most of the burden. It is time to show Obama that we are the group that is too big to fail. It is time for us to unionize. It is time for us to put out ‘Closed for Business” signs and march on Washington DC. It is time to shut down America and prove our value to society. It is time to show government what it’s like to try to live without our workforce, without our productivity, without our taxes. It’s time for the Private Sector Taxpayers of America to shut this country down.”

“What’s Obama going to do? Show us how important government is and shut it down? We can only hope and pray he shuts government down. We’re the ones paying all the bills, while government does nothing for us- the private sector taxpayers. Government takes and takes from us, and gives us nothing in return. President Obama, we dare you to shut government down! But of course Obama couldn’t. It would only prove how unimportant government is in our lives- the productive Americans wouldn’t even notice it was missing!”

Root's plans for unionizing small business owners and private sector taxpayers will be a centerpiece of his new book, out June 15th, entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.”

Please visit Wayne's website to hear many of his recent appearances on “Savage Nation” with Michael Savage, as well as his many FOX News and FOX Business appearances:

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OBAMA HAS DECLARED WAR ON SMALL BUSINESS: The Real Story of Why Obama Hates Self-Made Entrepreneurs From Obama’s College Classmate and The Only Small Businessman to Run for President in Modern History 
As the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate, I am the first and only small businessman to run on a Presidential ticket in modern American political history. I hope to be the Libertarian Presidential candidate in 2012. No other politician in America bridges the two worlds of politics and small business. I believe Barack Obama has declared WAR on small business and entrepreneurship with his plans to dramatically increase taxes and (perhaps worse) eliminate deductions for successful Americans. More importantly, I know Barack Obama’s type. No one in American politics, today, better understands his motivations to damage and destroy small business owners and entrepreneurs. You see, Obama was my classmate at Columbia University (Class of ’83). Today virtually all my Columbia classmates are in three fields- law, politics or the media. Let me relate a telling and shocking story about this group, that goes a long way toward explaining Obama’s motivations. By the way, this group proves that just because you are book-smart, doesn’t mean you are smart.

Back in 1981, I was sitting in my Political Science class at Columbia University when my classmates heard the first reports that President Ronald Reagan (my hero) had been shot. I immediately witnessed the most revolting, disgusting, disgraceful response to that news imaginable- my classmates cheered, high-fived, hugged and screamed in joy. They pumped clenched fist into the air. They screamed in celebration, “YES, Reagan is dead!” These are the people now running our country. These are the people now running the media- deciding the news you get to see, hear and read. The same type people are running the Obama administration. Perhaps more than the same type, my educated guess is these are the ACTUAL people from my Columbia political science class that day. I’m certain many of Obama’s Columbia University and Harvard Law School classmates became lifelong friends with him- after all, their joy at my beloved hero Ronald Reagan’s possible death that day, confirms a shared common love of socialism and hatred towards capitalism, capitalists, entrepreneurs, and any politician that dares to champion free enterprise/democracy. I’d actually call it a sickness or mental illness. None of these people are self-made and they are angry, bitter and resentful of those who are. Consequently, they are on a lifelong vendetta to damage or destroy self-made Americans; to literally tax us to death; to take away our economic freedom; to purge self-made entrepreneurs out of society.

These Obama types have always worked for others (government, community activist groups, big corporate bureaucracies). They can’t stand the thought that we work for ourselves and as a result of our courageous risks, actually make more money than they do. They can’t stand our economic freedom. They hate that we make our own decisions, without government control or authority ruling our lives.

These Obama types hate, despise, want to destroy anyone that has the audacity to want to make money…or worse (in their minds), the audacity to think they should keep more of their own money. This group thinks our hard-earned money is their money. They want our money so they can use it to fund their liberal and socialist pet projects; to pursue social engineering (redistributing wealth to create “equality” and overcome what they perceive as racism); and to quite simply bribe their loyal supporters and voters (anyone who works for government, or expects government handouts). Obama’s book should have been called “The Audacity of Class Warfare.”

Obama and his friends have a chip on their shoulders. They’ve never funded, started or run a business. They’ve never created jobs. They are not self-made. They have no understanding of entrepreneurship. We are not in their group. We are not in their clique. We are not their friends. We are certainly not their supporters. Why should Obama care if he legislates, regulates or taxes us out of existence- we didn’t vote for him, we didn’t support him, and we certainly didn’t contribute to him or his liberal causes. In Obama’s liberal caste order, we are the “untouchables.” We are therefore expendable. So he creates economic policy to destroy us. It’s a Triple Crown for Obama. First he gets to punish us for the crime of being self-made, while he’s not. That makes him and all his liberal friends feel good. They’ve won. We’ve lost. Second, he gets to use our tax money to bribe his voters (who don’t own businesses, and who expect government to provide either jobs or handouts from cradle to grave). Third is the biggest bonus of all- by taxing us to death, he deprives the small business owners and entrepreneurs of the money we need to fund his political opponents. Brilliant.

It’s pretty simple. There is now a WAR between Obama’s vision of big government (government programs, government employees, and those who expect government entitlements) and anyone in the private sector. It’s a war we must fight with every last dollar and every last ounce of energy we have. It is a fight for our very economic survival. It is a war we must win at any and all costs to save capitalism, free markets, America, and the American Way of life. It took me 30 years of hard work, commitment, tenacity, relentlessness and creativity to achieve “overnight success.” Obama is trying to ruin everything I’ve accomplished and built in 4 short years. I won’t let him. I will fight him day and night. I will fight him every step of the way. As Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” All small businessmen and women and entrepreneurs are in hell right now. It is Obama’s hell. I will not rest until I take back my country from this assault on the heroes of American business.

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this Spring entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at:

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Why Fed Chief Ben Bernanke is Either a Liar or Fool- Finding the True Path to Economic Recovery 
Fed chief Ben Bernanke testified a year ago (April of 2008) before Congress and said that America was not yet in recession and might still avoid it. He called our economic crisis at the time a "contraction." Interesting choice of words. At the time, I was so shocked and outraged at those comments that I wrote a commentary ripping Bernanke to shreds. I felt he was either a fool or a liar. Well the more things change, the more they stay the same. Earlier today Ben Bernanke told Congress that the recession will end this year. THIS YEAR. Really? You could have fooled me.

So the man who didn't even know we were in a recession last April, now thinks he can read the future? How can we depend on his ability to predict the future, when he's proven he can't even predict the past. While the Chairman of the Federal Reserve had no clue we were mired in a deep recession last April, this small business owner-turned-Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate was already loudly and publicly calling it a depression. In my commentary last April, I concluded that we had been in a deep recession for as long as a year…and I stated that it was clearly turning into a depression.

How did I accurately predict and diagnose economic conditions that the Fed Chairman couldn’t? Simple- small businessmen are "the canaries in the coal mine." We live on Main Street. We feel seismic tremors when book-smart economists from Harvard in their Ivory Towers are still giving lectures about how earthquakes can't possibly happen. My prediction of course turned out to be deadly accurate. Bernanke's prediction that we might avoid a recession joins the scrap heap of history. Our Fed chief joins a long list of economic geniuses whose heads were so far up their butts, they couldn't find water in the middle of an ocean.

Back in April of 2008, I predicted a long and deep depression- not of 1929 standards, but certainly the worst since 1929. At that same moment in time, our Fed chief was describing the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes as "a contraction." That would be equivalent to telling a pregnant woman that her labor pains are “just contractions.” As a four-time father with my lovely wife Debra, I know that husbands face either bodily injury or divorce for comments that ignorant and insensitive. Perhaps economists and Fed Chiefs should face the same fate.

In today's Congressional testimony, Bernanke called our deepening economic crisis a "severe contraction." Recognize the pattern? Last April a deep recession was in Bernanke's words just a "contraction." Now the worst crisis of our lifetimes (and quite possibly a depression) is merely a "severe contraction" which will end this year. This man has a way with words. He’s almost as good as President Obama with words. Obama is the man who boldly promised during the election that he would create millions of jobs. I commented publicly at the time that since he had never run a business in his life, any job that Obama created as President would be his first.

But once elected Obama changed his tune. First, he predicted his economic stimulus plan would create millions of jobs...then he changed the prediction to a less bold "create 3 million jobs"...then he changed it to "create or save 3 million jobs.” Interesting phrase to use- “save jobs.” How exactly do you keep track of how many jobs you’ve saved? Well of course the answer is that you cannot keep track. You can make up any number you’d like. So if 5 million or 10 million jobs are lost under Obama, he’ll simply claim that he saved 5 or 10 million more and declare victory. Watch the words carefully and you'll see the pattern of lies from a politician or Fed chief.

But I digress- back to our esteemed Fed chief…Mr. Bernanke didn't even know what a small businessman knew back in April of 2008. So why would anyone trust Bernanke now? He predicts this recession will end this year? Really? With hundreds of thousands of Americans losing their jobs per month, he thinks we're ready for a miraculous recovery? With consumer spending at a historic standstill and consumer confidence at all-time lows? With the massive losses of Eastern Europe about to wipe out virtually every European bank, he thinks the worst is over? The problems of European banks at this point make the crisis in the U.S. look like...well a "contraction" by comparison. But here's the problem- if European banks go under, Europe goes into a depression like 1929. And there goes our trading partners, thereby plunging America into round 2 of this crisis. Dark clouds are forming on the horizon. Not months away, not weeks, but days. And our Fed Chief sees sunshine ahead. The only question Bernenke a fool or a liar?

The worst of this crisis has not even begun yet. Bernanke claims to be a student of history. So let this small businessman and Vegas Oddsmaker-turned 2012 Presidential hopeful educate our esteemed Fed chief on the subject of history. Historically a deep recession (or in my opinion a DEPRESSION) like this one does not end in a year. Historically the worst is yet to come. Historically the problem is the lagging absence of tax revenues. Our government will buckle over the next 2 to 5 years because of a dramatic drop in tax revenues. Never in the history of economic crisis' this serious, have tax revenues ever recovered for years. Now that's a big problem under any circumstances. But when you have a President like Obama who likes to spend (and spend BIG), this creates a crisis of epic proportions.

"The rich"- as Obama likes to call successful American entrepreneurs and business owners- are decimated. Their incomes have been cut dramatically and therefore government tax revenues will drop dramatically for years to come. It's pretty simple- there are far fewer rich people and those that are still technically "rich" have far lower incomes. Yes, there are still rich Americans, but the group is a shadow of its former self from the halcyon days of the 90’s and early 2000’s. In short, much of the group that Obama depends on to pay for all his massive out-of-control spending, no longer exists. The same group that pays for all the bills of government, no longer exists. The same group that pays for bloated government employees compensation and pensions, no longer exists. The same group that Obama depends on to pay for Universal government-run health care, no longer exists. Obama's plans have gone up in smoke (excuse the reference to Obama's college days). The world has changed overnight, and Obama and Bernanke don't even realize it.

But wait, it gets worse. When Obama hits this group ("the rich") with a massive tax increase in 2011, tax revenues will drop even further. All at a time when federal, state and local governments have decided to take the dangerous, reckless, deadly path of spending more, hiring more, paying more to government employees, hiring more teachers, wasting more money on trains from Los Angeles to Vegas (another Amtrak?), and countless other billion dollar boondoggles and earmarks disguised as "economic stimulus."

Just as spending, deficit and national debt goes up dramatically over the next 24 months, tax revenues will go down just as dramatically. How will government fund all this spending? Well of course Ben Bernanke's Fed will print more money- by the trillions. The result? A massive wave of inflation
that will wreck the U.S. economy just as Obama and Bernanke hope to be coming out of the crisis- causing a further drastic drop in tax revenues, and a second wave of depression/unemployment- just as it happened in the 1930's under FDR.

Obama's plan to spend more; expand government; hire more government employees; hand out more entitlements; and strengthen labor unions; is a tragic repeat of FDR's plan. It will lead to the same result- economic disaster. It is important to note that it took World War II to end the last decade-long depression.

It doesn't take a Harvard economist to see what is coming. Countries will face massive unrest, rioting and revolution the world over. Governments will fall. Companies thought invincible, will fail- just as GM, Ford and Chrysler were once thought invincible. The face of politics as we know it will be changed forever in the aftermath of this economic tsunami. And in the midst of economic Armageddon, our Fed chief whistles past the graveyard.
All that said, in the long run I remain an optimist. I love America. I have faith in Americans. Today we are headed down the wrong path. The recovery from this disaster will be long, slow and brutal. But eventually we will emerge from the darkness. But only after a majority of Americans recognize the tragic mistakes of this administration. Only after our local, state and federal governments enter rehab to treat their spending addiction. Only after government dramatically cuts spending and taxes- thereby empowering the ingenuity and creativity of the American entrepreneur, small business owners, and the private sector. Only after we recognize that government isn’t the solution- it’s the problem. Freedom and liberty can never- in the long run- be extinguished. Not in this great country. How soon we recover depends on how soon we recognize that the path to recovery is only found economic and personal freedom.

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this Spring entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Wayne also happens to be Barack Obama's college classmate (Columbia University Class of '83). For more of Wayne's views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at:

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Oscar Predictions from a Las Vegas Oddsmaker-Turned-Vice Presidential Nominee 
I spent 13 years living amongst the Hollywood hypocrite crowd in Malibu, California. You know the type- the men talk day and night about feminism, women's rights and respecting women, but they spend their afternoons hanging out at strip clubs and cheating on their wives with young bimbos.

They talk nonstop about equality and racism, while they send their kids to 100% white private schools
that cost $30,000 per year (plus donations) for kindergarten slots. Incidentally, they choose where to live the exact same way- they talk day and night about diversity, but the only person of color ever seen in their neighborhood is Quincy Jones or Whoopi Goldberg.

They publicly invite homeless people to come to their home in Malibu, but their home is behind gates with alarms, video cameras, guard dogs and five bodyguards patrolling the property (see Martin Sheen).

They demand higher taxes in the name of “fairness,” but they hire the best tax lawyers and accountants to avoid those higher taxes (or don't bother to pay any taxes- see Wesley Snipes).

And while they act shocked and offended over CEO's having the audacity to earn $5 million per year, these same limousine liberals earn $25 million per picture, and expect $10,000 in free swag to come their way on Oscar Night.

They protest on behalf of unions, the homeless, and illegal immigrants, while they spend $4000 per hour on escorts. They talk to the press about their wonderful family they couldn't live without, while they've been divorced 6 times and their kids are raised by nannies, maids, butlers and chauffeurs.

They cry over global warming and brag incessantly about their politically-correct electric cars, but fly private jets and ride in limos to accept their awards- using up more gas in one trip than the rest of us spend in an entire year (see Al Gore).

They play soldiers on film and act like tough-guy Marines in their media interviews, when in reality they cry like little girls if their $10,000 per night hotel suite doesn't come with hot and cold running Perrier in the Jacuzzi. These people should win awards on Oscar Night for gall and hypocrisy.

In case you've never spent time with the Hollywood crowd, let me educate you- they are such fakes, frauds, hypocrites and spoiled brats, they would make you want to vomit if you spent 5 minutes around them. They are the biggest bunch of dysfunctional headcases, neurotic flakes, and pathetic souls you've ever seen in your life.

But after spending 13 years putting up with their pathetic whining and nauseating political correctness, I know these people like the back of my hand. I can tell you how they think…how they vote (always for the most revoltingly liberal candidate)…and how they vote for the Oscars. EVERYTHING - and I mean everything- they say, think and do is colored by their bleeding-heart socialist political views. So with all that in mind, here are my 2009 Oscar predictions. Liberals are so predictable:

Best Picture. Easy Pick- Slumdog Millionaire. The bleeding heart liberal crowd loves any movie that showcases the pain of poverty. It gives them a reason to drone on for hours (or days) about the unfairness of inequality. Then they feel absolved of guilt when they get back in their limos, head to the airport to board their private jets, and fly to their Italian mansions on Lake Cuomo (see George Clooney) with their young starlet girlfriends. Afterall, poverty is something experienced only by “the little people.” If not Slumdog, the best picture award will go to Milk- another liberal fan favorite.

Best Actor. Easy Pick- Sean Penn of Milk. Afterall he's a straight macho guy playing a gay politician. In Hollywood anyone straight who plays a gay role gets an automatic Oscar- ask Tom Hanks, William Hurt and Charlize Theron. Besides, Penn scores brownie points with the limousine liberal crowd for being a pathetically, radically bleeding-heart liberal in real life.

Best Supporting Actor. Beyond an Easy Pick, this one is a "sure thing"- Heath Ledger is the 1000 to 1 favorite. I'd bet a million dollars on this one. Afterall, Heath died from overdosing on pills- the cause of death being classified as “abuse of prescription medication” by the medical examiners office. That's so “chic” in Hollywood circles. James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, JFK- if you're young and beautiful and die before your time in a mysterious way- you are automatically coronated in Hollywood. Ledger died as your typical sensitive artist in mental anguish.

It was all too much for Sir Heath- the tens of millions of dollars per film; the bi-Continental life in L.A., Soho, and Sydney; the gorgeous wife and daughter; and of course the cast of thousands of gorgeous models and groupies who'd sleep with him at the snap of a finger. How on earth can anyone live with that kind of burden? Oscar voters understand only too well. Giving Heath an Oscar will absolve everyone in Hollywood of their overwhelming guilt for cheating on their wives, taking drugs, and making lots of money for acting in incredibly vapid and meaningless films. They'll celebrate Ledger, cheer, cry, drink champagne and snort cocaine all night to show solidarity, then sleep until 2 PM and give themselves a day off from seeing their shrinks.

Best Actress. This one is tough but Kate Winslet will win it. Hollywood loves her. She is 0 for 5 in Oscars (remember, liberals feel bad for losers and want to punish successful people). And most importantly, her boss is Harvey Weinstein. Harvey is the king of Hollywood bleeding-heart liberals. Whatever Harvey wants, Harvey gets.

Best Supporting Actress. The winner is Penelope Cruz. She hsas all the liberal stereotypes going for her- Penelope is Hispanic. She has starred in movies glorifying drugs and drug dealers (Blow). She used to date Tom Cruise. And it's rumored she is a Scientologist. Add it up- she has the perfect Hollywood resume- give this gal an Oscar!

Those are my predictions. Enjoy the Oscars and watch the pathetic liberal psychosis of Hollywood on display when the winners are announced. Best Wishes!
Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this Spring entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Wayne also happens to be Barack Obama's college classmate (Columbia University Class of '83). For more of Wayne's views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at:

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The Great Obama Lie: “Where’s the Shared Sacrifice?” 
Obama and his Democratic cohorts incessantly lecture the American people about “shared sacrifice” in these times of economic crisis. Obama just last week set limits on executive pay at companies that have taken government loans. The Democratic Congress (led by Senator Chris Dodd) then one-upped Obama by setting strict limits on executive bonuses as well. The Democratic cabal of Obama/Reid/Pelosi describe raising taxes on the wealthy as “fair” on news programs virtually every hour of every day. Every mention out of the mouths of liberal Democratic politicians is about the sacrifice that should be made by CEO’s, executives, and high-income taxpayers. I agree- everyone should sacrifice. But shouldn’t “everyone” include government and Obama’s supporters too?

I will agree with President Obama on one topic. I agree that executives from companies that take taxpayer money must play by a new set of rules. Once you accept money from the government, strings are attached. Uncle Sam is calling the shots. And government has a right and responsibility to protect taxpayers (from excessive compensation). CEO’s and other executives of private companies have every right- with Board of Directors and shareholder approval- to take any compensation packages and golden parachutes they deem acceptable. But they don’t have a right to award obscene compensation packages when they are living off loans from taxpayers. I do not feel sorry for these CEO’s or executives- they brought this all upon themselves. The lesson for corporations is simple: NEVER again accept money from government.

But the real question is why should CEO’s and high-income taxpayers be the only ones asked to sacrifice? If we are in a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, doesn’t everyone have to sacrifice- even Obama’s voters and contributors? When Obama gives “tax cuts” to the 40% of Americans who don’t pay taxes in the first place, exactly how are they sacrificing? When Obama talks about sacrifice, how come he never mentions rank and file autoworkers? You mean blue-collar union members who get paid $160,000 per year in salary, pension and health benefits to drill rivets into fenders, shouldn’t be asked to sacrifice? You mean their obscene compensation packages aren’t part of the problem? If you do the math, it isn’t the CEO making $5 million per year that is bankrupting auto companies. It is bloated union contracts awarding hundreds of thousands of autoworkers the obscene amount of $160,000 each that is bankrupting the “Big 3” automakers. Why isn’t Obama asking the auto unions to sacrifice? Could it be because they bribed him (legally) with multi-million dollar contributions and millions of man-hours campaigning for him (manning phone banks, going door to door, licking envelopes, etc)? Could this whole idea of sacrifice be a cynical political ploy?

If it isn’t all about politics, how do you explain that Obama has not asked teachers to sacrifice a thing? Or college professors. Or federal government employees. Or state and local government employees. Or union members. As the old lady in the Burger King commercials might have said, “Obama, where’s the shared sacrifice?” Because I don’t see any sacrifice coming from Obama’s side of the table. While 50 states are in recession, guess whose economy is still booming? The District of Columbia. The hiring and spending of government goes on unabated during this unprecedented economic crisis. So where’s the sacrifice in D.C?

I certainly don’t see the sacrifice coming from Senators and Congresspersons. Have they agreed to cut their salaries until this economic crisis is over? Last I checked, many of Obama’s cabinet appointees have admitted they don’t even pay their fair share of taxes. His Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner- tax cheat. His Health & Human Services appointee Tom Daschle- tax cheat. Nancy Killefer, his choice for Chief Performance Officer- tax cheat. His Labor Secretary Hilda Solis- her husband appears to be a tax cheat. Don’t forget the Democratic Congressman in charge of tax policy Charles Rangel- tax cheat. It’s pretty easy to spread the wealth around, when you don’t pay any taxes yourself. It’s pretty easy to point fingers and rail about sacrifice, when you don’t think those same rules apply to you.

When Obama uses the economic stimulus money to hire 600,000 new federal employees, where’s the sacrifice for those 600,000 new Democratic voters? When Obama hires 100,000 new teachers, where’s the sacrifice for those 100,000 new Democratic voters? Not only are none of those people being asked to sacrifice today, they are now set to receive government salaries, cost of living increases, obscene pensions, and health care benefits for LIFE. We (the taxpayers) are on the hook for these new government employees for the next 50 or more years- no matter how bad the economy is. And unlike the private sector, they have a guaranteed job for life; generous paid holidays throughout the year; and the right to retire at age 45 or 50 (with almost full pay for LIFE). Where’s the sacrifice of this privileged government class?

As 600,000 Americans per month lose their jobs in the private sector, why isn’t government laying off hundreds of thousands of employees? Why are state and local employees in my home state of Nevada facing no layoffs and getting their annual pay RAISES, while small businesspersons like me are laying off workers; taking huge pay cuts; putting our own personal money into our business in a desperate attempt to survive; or going out of business. Where’s the “shared sacrifice?”

Why should Obama ask business owners to sacrifice so that government employees can get pay raises in the worst economy of our lifetimes? Why should businesses sacrifice and lay off employees, while government continues hiring like everything is fine? Why are government union employees getting awarded with privileges that no one in the private sector could hope for? No one I know in business gets guaranteed jobs for life; or guaranteed cost of living and “step up” pay increases; or bloated pensions of almost their full last year’s salary; or gets to retire at age 45 or 50 after only 20 years of work; or gets health care paid for by taxpayers for LIFE. I know no one getting any of those things in the private sector. I have no pension of any kind. Who created this privileged class? Why don’t government employees have to sacrifice like the rest of us?

I have no trouble with Obama asking me to pay higher taxes, or asking CEO’s to limit their pay, as long as he agrees to massive layoffs and pay cuts for government employees. As long as he agrees to cut government spending dramatically, as opposed to increasing it while I’m busy cutting spending and sacrificing. As long as he demands that auto unions re-structure union contracts agreed to in more prosperous times, that now threaten to bankrupt their employers. If Obama is going to ask for sacrifice, then we all have to be rowing in the same boat, in the same direction. But some of us cannot be benefiting, while others sacrifice.

From my side of the street- as the taxpayer that is being asked to pay for all this government theft and waste, I just don’t see any “fairness” in President Obama’s message of sacrifice. I see a cynical political ploy to punish private sector taxpayers who traditionally don’t vote Democrat; and reward those who live off government jobs and handouts- and who just happen to vote Democrat. I see a cynical political ploy to rob Peter to pay Paul- so that the private sector that supports conservative candidates and causes is weakened… and Obama’s Democratic supporters are flush with cash to contribute to future Democratic campaigns.

When Obama blames CEO’s of failed banks and Wall Street companies and wants to hold them responsible, I agree. But who holds failed government employees responsible? Government agencies waste and spend and lose billions- just like Wall Street did in the Fall of 2007. Isn’t the U.S. Postal Service failing? Isn’t it losing billions of dollars per year? Isn’t the public school system failing badly? Is Obama holding those government employees responsible or accountable? The big difference is that government has been losing money every year since inception, while Wall Street and banks just had one bad year. The other difference of course is that no matter how much money government loses, they just ask taxpayers for more. Obama asking the CEO’s of private industry to be responsible and accountable is the very definition of audacity.

This Obama economic stimulus bill has nothing remotely to do with “shared sacrifice.” It’s a massive vote-buying-scheme. It’s about expanding the size of government and the privileged government employee class. It’s about expanding the size of the Democratic Party. It’s about making more people dependent on welfare and government handouts. It’s about forcing one group- the people who didn’t vote for Obama- to do all the sacrificing. I don’t mind sacrificing. To the contrary, I’ll do anything to save this great country. We are facing a once-in-a-lifetime economic tsunami that demands sacrifice from everyone. But with all due respect Mr. President, “everyone” includes government, government employees, Washington D.C. bureaucrats, politicians on both sides of the aisle, and your supporters. So next time you lecture us on “shared sacrifice,” try to share some of it.

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book will be released by John Wiley & Sons this Spring entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” The book is available for pre-sale at Wayne also happens to be Barack Obama's college classmate (Columbia University Class of '83). For more of Wayne's views, commentaries, or to watch his many media interviews, please visit his web site at:

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