What Obama cannot appreciate without experience is that owning a business does not equal success
There can be no measure of success without the possibility of failure and last I saw something like 75-80% of new businesses fail.
It is amazing that people who accept progress in evolution of a species by natural selection of positive traits seeks to assure we maintain and maximize failing traits by force of law.
People see a "rich greedy" businessman and make him the target of generalized ire of businessmen, without realizing they often played but won a high risk game, or that the vast majority are not greedy, they just want their business to succeed.
And that's a huge problem Obama, and the left have right now, and the same thing took place in Europe for decades. The left cripples the private sector with high taxation, and regulation, and it kills the golden goose that pays for their socialist policies. But they want govt control, and the purse strings. Just never works, and never will.
The old saw "nature red in tooth and claw" is apt. People can be compassionate, if they like, but nature is not. We attempt to go against nature at our peril.
Human compassion no doubt stems from the instinct to care for one's own offspring, especially when they are young and helpless. And that instinct itself results from natural selection. Species have a choice about how to deal with their offspring -- they can invest in quality or in quantity. The human tendency, for the most part, is to invest in quality.
"It is amazing that people who accept progress in evolution of a species by natural selection of positive traits seeks to assure we maintain and maximize failing traits by force of law."
Quite amazing. But it follows from a flawed view of ourselves and the world. They think God made us in the image of himself, therefore we must be in some sense perfect, with a deep and compelling reason for everything about us. The truth is that we are deeply flawed, a sketchy work-in-progress. There is much about us that is accidental and incidental, could be better, would be better if we were the result of a design process. Evolution is not done with us, but there are some things about us that evolution will never fix, because evolution took a wrong turn a few hundred million years ago, and there is no going back.
My favorite example is our inside-out eyeballs, with neurons spreading over the inner surface and receptors aiming outward, away from the light. The result is that each eye has a blind spot, where the optic nerve punctures the retina.
Another is the fact that we have only two arms and two legs, not two arms and four legs. That is because the fishes we evolved from had only four fins so positioned as to be capable of evolving into legs, and two of them later into arms. Four such fins were enough for maneuvering in water, and evolution has no foresight.
Another is our inability to regenerate lost limbs, as some salamanders do. Apparently a gene that reduces our susceptibility to cancer had that unfortunate side effect.