Monday, July 16, 2012

I Owe My Success to the Government

I’d like the President of the United States to name ONE business he has started.

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.


Auntie J said...

Well, when you think you're next to God....


In spite of the government... Precisely.

Graybeard said...

He really advances a singularly stupid and specious argument. For example, If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you somehelp. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Then why didn't the teacher make everyone successful? Why just this one business person he talks about?

Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. Since the top 10% of earners pay the vast majority of taxes at all levels, it seems the "rich" paid for the roads largely by themselves. Yet, still, why didn't those roads make everyone successful? Who are these magical people who reach in and, like a magic wand, bestow success on people - apparently randomly? And why do they choose who they do, if the Government is making those people successful?

He seems to be arguing against himself.