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Obama and American exceptionalism
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    President Obama has previously made the point that American ingenuity should not be considered as unique or exceptional. He also has cried out, "You didn't build that!" to entrepreneurial founders of successful ventures, whom he says owe their good fortune to other working people who were unable, or unwilling, to take similar risks. Many wealthy Americans have generously eased the burdens of the poor, but the view that, "In the interest of fairness", the government is better able to dispense their assets, by excessive taxation is, and always has been, baseless.
    The good news in the new year of 2015 is that the American exceptionalism that spawned the "fracking" revolution for oil and gas production will generate substantial beneficial changes, first in our country, and then in the rest of the free world. President Obama's veto pen cannot prevent this from happening, and New York's recent ban on "fracking" will only promote a faster decline in that state's population. The projected improving economy through 2016 may allow our president to claim this as part of his legacy, but in the real "chess" world, "fracking" is the new king, and Obama is only a spectator watching the game unfold.
John E. Carlson

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