Monday, July 16, 2012

Obama: Be Grateful, For Your Government Has Given You Everything

From the UK Daily Mail (among others):

President Barack Obama said in a speech at the weekend that governments and not individuals create jobs, telling entrepreneurs: 'If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.'
He added: 'You didn't get there on your own.  I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.'  
He continued: 'If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.
'Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you've got a business - you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  
'The Internet didn't get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.'

President Obama is making the case for full-on Socialism here.  He's telling us - you and me - that we are nothing and have nothing and can do nothing unless the government allows it to be so - that we're basically wards of the state.

Memo to President Obama: where do you think the government got the money to build the roads that you so graciously built for us?  Where does funding for the military come from that built the internet?  It came from the people.  It came from small - and large - businesses and the taxpayers of the United States.  

The government does not make money on its own. It derives its power and its funding from the citizens of the United States. The government - any government - does not build roads or infrastructure out of sheer benevolence, either.  It does not do so for government employees or use only.  It does so because it allows for free trade and commerce, which in turn allows for more money to flow into government coffers.

Your ideas and rhetoric are insulting.  I have worked for small businesses and none of them were successful because of the government.  In fact, sometimes they were successful in spite of the government.  They were successful because they offered goods and services that people wanted to pay money for and worked long hours and many years to either build a market for those services or to claw their way into that market.

Your ideas and rhetoric are chilling to the successful mindset of entrepreneurs in the United States.  By belittling the success of small businessmen and women in the US, you do not make future entrepreneurs want to work hard to be successful.  You undermine their success and dispirit their ambition.

I, for one, plan on owning a successful small business (again) someday. And I will get there with my own talent an initiative, not with government handouts.  In fact, I could be a lot more successful if I got to keep more of the money I earn, instead of having to send 30 percent of it to Washington in the form of self-employment taxes.  That money would allow me to build my business faster and to feed my family and to buy more products and services. 

You, sir, are a cancer on country and on our economy and on the morale of our nation.  Not only do I hope you are defeated in November, I hope you are defeated in embarrassing margins and are run out of town in a landslide of epic proportions.

I reject your silly ideas of government benevolence and I hope that the voters of our country show you just how stupid you are very, very soon.

1 comment:

Craig Mac said...

I just watched the video, and what he's saying isn't an argument for socialism, and he's not saying that entrepreneurs got where they are solely because of the government. It's a Herculean leap to come to that conclusion, and takes what he said very much out of context. I'm all for healthy political debate, but misconstruing someone's statements and manipulating them into something they're clearly not (the socialism argument is nonsense) is far from healthy.

The president is merely saying successful and wealthy people didn't get where they are on their own. Every successful person has a network of people that supported them getting there in some way shape or form. This argument can also be extended to government programs. While there is plenty of room to debate on which programs should stay or go, there are plenty of programs that provide much needed support and assistance to many, many Americans.