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NUGENT: The free-market ballot

Send the ivy-headed academics back to their ivory tower

- - Monday, November 1, 2010

With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, job No. 1 should be putting America back to work.

As I have written before and as is now painfully obvious, President Obama has no hands-on experience as to how the private sector operates. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is equally clueless. Both could stand in a free-market sandstorm and not bat an eye. As far as I can tell, neither the president nor the vice president has ever owned or run a business.

Now you might think that because neither the president nor the vice president has real-world experience in the private sector, the president would appoint someone with practical experience who does understand what makes the economy tick and knows what will put America back to work. Someone like, say, the secretary of labor. Just a hunch.

Well, if you think Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has the business experience, knowledge and expertise that neither the president nor vice president does, you are laboring under a false assumption. She is equally clueless - possibly more - than Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden, who has never met a foot he couldn't stick in his mouth.

You may have noticed that in all of the speeches on the economy that both the president and vice president have given, you haven't heard a peep from Ms. Solis. That's because she has nothing to say. Reason: she has zero - as in none whatsoever - experience in the private sector, according to her biography on the Department of Labor website.

Because Ms. Solis has no experience in creating a single job or running a business, you might like to think that maybe the deputy secretary of labor has a real-world clue so he could properly advise his bevy of bosses.

You would be wrong again. According to Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris' biography on the secretary of labor's website, it appears he, too, is clueless about the private sector. There is no mention of his business experience in running a company, generating profits, complying with the stacks of federal and state laws and requirements or ever having hired any employees.

None of this inspires any confidence in growing the economy and putting America back to work.

Lawyers, ivy-headed academics and professional Fedzillacrats run the Obama administration - business sense be damned.

Fedzillacrats believe rich people need to pay more of their fair share and need to spread their wealth around. What these numbnuts can't get through their shallow understanding of basic economics is that when you punish a producer, he produces less, which means less tax revenue for the government, less employment, less productivity and less quality of life. Bizarre.

Growing the economy requires slashing taxes even in times of high deficits and debt. This has worked any number of times in our nation's history, and it would work today if the Obama administration types truly cared about growing our economy and putting America back to work. But they don't care.

Growing the economy is not their goal. Their goal is to expand government, put more people under the enslaving weight of Fedzilla, punish the producers and take over even more of the economy of "we the people." This is a socialized recipe to kill off the private sector. Those who endorse this evil plan are dangerous and clearly anti-American. God help us all.

Growing a successful business and playing more than 6,000 brutal rockouts is tough business. Never trust a Fedzillacrat to do what an enterprising, industrious and terminally motivated person who is addicted to the free market can do. I get more accomplished before breakfast than any Fedzillacrat will get done all year. In fact, this column is being hammered out while I am sitting in a deer blind in the pre-dawn darkness waiting to ambush my dinner.

You have a choice today, America. You can vote to strangle yourself by voting for Fedzillacrats or free yourself and vote for the opposition, who still believe in the free market and American exceptionalism. It is a shame it has come to this. But it has.

Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock 'n' roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of "Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" and "God, Guns & Rock 'N' Roll" (Regnery Publishing).