Tough times don’t last; tough people do.
That’s the theme of author John S. Cohoat’s new book “No Thank You, Mr. President,” which tells the story of 10 private companies in
“My hope is that these stories provide some inspiration for you or make you remember why our capitalist economic policies and truly American way of life is the answer,” Cohoat wrote in his first chapter, titled ‘Why This Book? Why Now?’
In 2009, President Obama visited
“Of all the hard-hit places,
MSNBC.com kept a running blog called “The Elkhart Project” that ran from March 2009 until March 2010 chronicling the “tales of struggle and recovery from the epicenter of
Cohoat’s book, however, focused on the confidence and entrepreneurial spirit of the residents and workers of
“Larry’s attitude is that government officials often see their role as finding a way to fix problems for its people,” Cohoat wrote, “but Larry says Elkhart County’s message is, ‘just get out of our way, and we’ll find a solution.’”
Compare that with Mike Stuckey’s February 2010 story, ‘A city’s mixed feelings about Obama’s impact.’ The “Elkhart Project” post didn’t cite opposition to the stimulus until 22 paragraphs into the story and wrote it off as conservative, Glenn Beck-inspired resistance.
“’I honestly think if the government would just get out of the way and let us go back to work, it would be better,’ said Graber, a founding board member of the Michiana 9-12 Project, a group inspired by conservative TV and radio host Glenn Beck that stresses family and religious values over government solutions,” Stuckey wrote.
Rather than underreporting stimulus costs or championing further intervention, as many in the media have done, Cohoat’s book provides a picture of