Free Markets, Free People
Let Them Buy Stock
While stocks are tanking, partially due to uncertainty and skepticism over President Barack Obama’s economic agenda, the president encouraged people to invest:
As Wall Street tumbles, President Barack Obama offered up some investing advice on Tuesday, telling a wary nation that stocks are becoming a “a potentially good deal” for those willing to think long term. The White House later cautioned people not to read too much into the statement.
Obama also said he will not base policy on what he called the “day-to-day gyrations of the stock market.” The Dow Jones industrial average fell again Tuesday after plunging on Monday to it lowest level in more than 11 years.
The index has lost more than half its value since a record peak in October 2007. The toll on retirement plans, college savings and nest eggs has been huge.
“You know, the stock market is sort of like a tracking poll in politics,” Obama said during an appearance with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. “It bobs up and down day to day, and if you spend all your time worrying about that, then you’re probably going to get the long-term strategy wrong.”
Yet lately, Wall Street’s direction has been down, period. Investors are in despair over the state of financial companies, the deepening scope of the recession and doubts about the government’s various attempts to bolster the banking sector and create jobs.
Talk show host Neal Boortz responded with this:
Is he kidding? He’s waging an all-out war against capitalism, and he wants us to buy stocks? This man who wants a government-controlled economy wants us to invest in the stock market? This is like the Surgeon General telling us to go out and have unprotected sex with drug addicted street walkers. Yeah … let’s all do that!
No doubt that stocks may improve in the future, but economic forecasts aren’t that great in the long term, considering the amount of debt being piled up and unfunded liabilities from entitlements.
And who wants to be an investor when they constantly have a target painted on their backs by politicians who make class warfare the focal point of their economic agenda?