The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thomas Peterffy

In Florida, the best ad of this campaign season comes from neither Obama or Romney. It was developed and paid for by Thomas Peterffy and goes to the core theme of this campaign. To wit, does the class warfare (some would say veiled-socialist) meme espoused by Barack Obama lead to effective governance, a better economy, more jobs, and less debt?

But wait ... Thomas who? Here'a quick bio from Youtube:
Thomas Peterffy grew up in socialist Hungary. Despite the fact that he could not speak English when he immigrated to the United States in 1956, Thomas fulfilled the American dream. With hard work and dedication, he started a business that today employs thousands of people. In the 1970s, Thomas bought a seat on the American Stock Exchange. He played a key role in developing the electronic trading of securities and is the founder of Interactive Brokers, an online discount brokerage firm with offices all over the world.

The President's supporters in the media has done oppo research on Mr. Peterffy and have launched their usual attacks to disqualify him as a voice in this debate. After all, Peterffy is a Greenwich, CT billionaire, the founder of a Wall Street firm, a hyper-successful immigrant, and well ... opposed to their world view. Therefore, the message he delivers is unacceptable, right? For those who may not have seen it, here's Peterffy's message:

Over the years I have met many, many people who fled from communist countries during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as many Cuban immigrants who fled from Castro's Cuba. Today, in South Florida, it's not hard to run across immigrants from Chavez's Venezuela. To a man and woman, they say what Thomas Peterffy says. Yet in the United States, supporters of the President seem unconcerned, even supportive of the President's Left-wing ideology. They revel in class warfare rhetoric and praise the tax and spend policies of social democracies in Europe, even as those democracies slide slowly into insolvency. They cheer when the President suggests that taxing-the-rich is a solution to our problems, even as wealthy Europeans flee high-tax countries, taking their investment income with them.

I suspect that at some level a majority of the American people reject the socialist ideal espoused by Barack Obama and his supporters. We'll see whether that's true in just a few days.