It is a simple fact that the government can only grow at the expense of the private sector. Wealth is created through voluntary transactions, with a mutual increase of value for both parties. Government has no resources except coercion, no funds obtained through any means but confiscation. Barack Obama has not taken a single action which has not increased the size of government. Why is anyone surprised by the resulting contraction of private industry? The promise of growth is the phantom priority of a leftist President, snappy patter designed to gain time as he does the one thing a successful private businessman never does: spin the economic roulette wheel and hope he gets lucky before he loses his job.