I’d like the President of the
to name ONE business he has started. United States
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you somehelp. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebodyhelped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowedyou to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’vegot a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made thathappen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Governmentresearch created the Internet so that all the companies could make money offthe Internet.
Well, Mr. President, I am a small business owner, something you know absolutely nothing about. And in this economy, I feel every penny, review every expense. I sit down with my business partner and create business strategies and marketing plans. We review the mundane, such as employee schedules, as well as the more theoretical, such as whether a new marketing campaign will pay for itself. We do research to set pricing, and continually review our internal processes to ensure that we remain competitive. We constantly (and constantly) have to keep city, state, and federal rules and regulations in mind as we tread the regulatory minefield that is today’s business landscape.
For you to suggest that I should pay more in taxes (or, “do more”) because somehow I owe the government for creating the internet and paving the roads is absolutely nonsensical. Moreover, I find it interesting that the examples you cite are examples of government involvement. It’s like you truly believe I owe my success to the efforts of the government, and not due to what I have done (or even the efforts of those in the private sector that have assisted me).
Look, the government is so incredibly inefficient that most people get stuff done IN SPITE of the government. Think about it. When was the last time you were excited about the help you were going to get at city hall? When was the last time you were looking forward to speaking with the IRS?
No, Mr. President, I do not owe my success to the government. Although I appreciate the infrastructure, I cannot believe you think my business is thriving mostly because of something the government did.
You're completely wrong.