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Instead of encouraging these young people to go out into the world and build something, start a new enterprise or enter the world of venture capital to finance the Apple and Wal-Mart corporations of the future that would create jobs and strengthen our economy, he seemed to be suggesting that they become more involved in politics.

Mr. Obama quoted President George W. Bush, who told the graduating class of OSU in 2002 that “America needs more than taxpayers, spectators and occasional voters.” Instead, Mr. Obama urged them to get more involved in the democratic process, saying it “isn’t working as well as we know it can,” especially in the nation’s capital.

What he means by that, of course, is that the government programs he wants to create and the fatter budgets he wants to enact are stalled in Congress, half of which thinks we spend too much as it is.

We certainly need an active citizenry, but we also need people who dream of creating businesses that put millions of people to work and open new economic opportunities for future generations of Americans.

I think we know by now that Mr. Obama is never going to be a cheerleader for capitalism, wealth creation and a rising tide that will lift all boats. He doesn’t want these kids to go out and build a global corporation. His message is to go into public service, run for political office and get into government.

No one knows how many in the class of 2013 already have jobs lined up, but we know that roughly half of all college graduates today can’t find work commensurate with their educational skills.

Yet, there was Mr. Obama behind the podium, telling these hopeful graduates that they face “an economy and job market that are steadily healing.”

The truth is, it’s tough out there in Mr. Obama’s tough job market, and it’s likely to get worse.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.