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Entrepreneurs and Big Government

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A political onslaught has brewed against all things business in America by left-wing liberals, the election will decide our future fate.

I couldn’t believe my ears recently while listening to one of President Obama’s latest speeches. And it still causes my ears to burn and bones to shake.

This President clearly stated that if you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, or one who’s accumulated wealth, no matter how big or small, you couldn’t have done it without your friendly government standing by your side, holding you up, supporting your every decision, move, plan, and policy making you successful. His remarks (see two of them below) were completely inappropriate to the business community (especially small business owners) who take great risks to build something from nothing. It was also a direct stab against the core principles which made America the wealthiest nation in the world. Right now, business organizations and owners everywhere have seen the true light of this Presidents agenda: to rid America of Capitalism and further develop a social war between the economic classes; in other words, its rich vs. poor in every sense of the word.

America was built on the drive, determination, and hard work of the entrepreneur—those with the guts, energy, and will to create. Those who work 20 hours a day, max out their credit cards for financing, tap into their creativity, take steep risks, and scratch themselves from dirt to build a worthwhile income and carve out their piece of self-created success. They are the ones which made this country what it is today. They are the ones who employ the masses. They are the ones who pay the majority of all taxes. They are the ones who brought us technological marvels. They are the people who reflect, support, realize, and have proven the American dream is possible. They are the reason people from every country around the world flock to our shores to realize the possibility of creating wealth for their children, and children’s children.

I’ve started, invested in, and been a part of three different businesses: a service business during my early twenties, real estate during the past ten years, and presently as an author. Funny thing, I can’t remember Uncle Sam playing a part in any of them. I really don’t recall a government representative going to the bank with me, swinging a hammer, or typing a word during a late night writing session. The Government didn’t give me any loans or other type of help either. Rather, it all came from my ingenuity, vision, hard work, and willingness to succeed. I thought up, supplied, and worked to create each one, successful or not. Now, our current President thinks people like me couldn’t have done it without him. Really? I think not.

The bridges and highways, say, a trucking company utilizes was built, and paid for by the taxpayer. The police and military securing our borders, watching our skies, and protecting our hard-earned assets are also paid by the taxes which business owners give to our government when services and products are sold. The schools, libraries, and teachers that educate our future entrepreneurs are supported by property taxes. On and on I could go. So, how could this President stand and say we couldn’t do it without Big Brother standing by our side? After all, we’re the ones who pay his salary, we’re the ones who bought the concrete for those bridges and roads we use, we’re the ones who purchased those Government buildings lining the landscape of Washington, and never forget, we’re the ones who maintain it all (including that famous White Mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue) where Mr. Obama rests after a day filled with campaigning. We, the American taxpayer bought it all. We own it all. So yes, Mr. President, we’re all in this together. But, not like he thinks we are. He believes we owe the Government, that we’re in debt to those who make the laws allowing us to become entrepreneurs. He truly believes the more Government the better, therefore creating more opportunity for all. But, in reality, he has it completely backwards—I’ll give him a small break here though, because he doesn’t know any better. After all, what else could you expect from one whose background consists of being a State Senator and campaign fundraiser? Not a businessperson.

I know I’m dreaming here, but I’d love to require every President, Senator, and Congressman have a business background prior to entering office. It would do wonders in bringing an end to our national debt, keep our Government on a tight financial leash, do away with the idea of socialism inside a country built on Capitalism, and make every lawmaker actually think before signing onto another bureaucratic entitlement. Business is what drives our economy. It’s what pays our bills. And I think I can speak for every business owner out there by saying, “The Government works for us, we don’t work for it.”

But yet, we have a President who imagines a country entirely different:

“If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.” --Barack Obama

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.” --Barack Obama

These are the words of a President who clearly doesn’t believe in the American dream. Who truly thinks big government produces jobs, not private enterprise. And it’s hard to imagine I once looked upon this President as someone who might bring a positive light upon the American people.

With just over 100 days left till the election, it’s not too early to begin deciding which future you want for America.

To read more about the recent speech, click here.

Thanks for listening…



About the Writer

Randy Mitchell is a blogger on lifestyle, writing and relationship topics and is a published author of inspirational romance. His first novel "Sons In The Clouds" is available in paperback on Amazon. To read more about Randy, visit www.theinspirationalwriter.com.
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11 comments on Entrepreneurs and Big Government

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By Inmyredhead on July 21, 2012 at 03:04 am

"...where Mr. Obama rests after a day filled with campaigning."

Don't you mean after a day filled with one of his 100 rounds of golf?

He's surely proven himself an idiotic, arrogant, asinine, putz who knows NOTHING about how America works.

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By Randy Mitchell on July 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thank you, Inmyredhead. You're so right, he knows nothing about, and doesn't believe in the American Capitalistic system.

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By Angie Alaniz on July 21, 2012 at 09:14 pm

Well said InMyRedHead. : D

Great article Randy ;)

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By Randy Mitchell on July 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thank you, Angie. Most appreciated!

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By TonyBerkman on July 24, 2012 at 01:49 pm

Excellent article

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By Randy Mitchell on July 25, 2012 at 04:55 pm

Thanks, Tony.

Now, take a look at how Obama quickly tried backtracking over what he said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0yK5NakN2o&feature=plcp

He really doesn't have a clue how to be a leader.

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By John Nelson on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Minority leader said recently on Fox News that making Obama a one-term president was his single most important political goal. In a time of national economic hardship, is that a moral thing to do? Is it the actions of a patriot and statesman? Personally I find it reprehensible and treasonous!

In 2008, when the American people elected Obama as our president, the Republicans vowed then to do whatever was necessary to make him fail. This is unforgivable. Obama inherited a crashed economy that was in free-fall and heading toward a great depression. The Republican leadership had no intention of helping president Obama in his goal to stop the free-fall and work to recover the economy. The Republican machine went into overdrive to make the president out to be a demon so they could gain control of the White House once again. Any Republican that reached across the aisle for the good of the country was beaten down by the Party. Just ask Bob Bennett of Utah.

The fact is Obama is a moderate. Trying to make him out to be some rogue radical is just propaganda perpetrated by the Republican machine (Fox News, talk radio, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, etc) He’s tried to work with Republicans in Washington and has made compromises. The Republicans in lock-step have done nothing but obstructed anything the president tried to do to get people back to work and stimulate the economy.

It saddens me to hear the propaganda parroted back. I think it is reprehensible that the Republican Party places their desire for power above the needs of the American people and the well being of our economy. If they can keep the president from enacting measures to improve the economy they think they’ll get back in power, even if that means that millions of Americans will suffer for those four years.

Do you really support that? I ask my fellow citizens to turn off the noise and wake up. Think clearly. Stop buying the demonizing propaganda about the president. This does not do our nation any good. It divides us. He has not taken us to war on falsified intelligence; he has not degraded our standing in the world through sponsoring torture, secret prisons and extraordinary rendition. He did not pass laws that allow the government to spy on us; he has not thwarted the rule of law. He has enacted needed healthcare reform (RomneyCare), in fact, his plan was very similar to the Republican plan suggested in the 1990’s in response to Pres. Clinton’s proposed health care reform legislation. I think if you turn off the propaganda and gather the facts, you’ll sleep better at night.

I’m an independent and I do have some issues with Obama, but not too many. I think considering the obstruction he faced from the Republicans he’s done a very good job. If we get rid of some of the radical Tea Party types in Washington and restore bipartisan politics then I think America will recover nicely in Obama’s second-term. Obama is not the enemy. Those who wish to keep the economy from recovery for their own desire for power are the ones we should loathe.

Side note: I believe the American worker built our nation, not venture capitalists. I also believe that government is responsible for our clean air, safe food and drinking water, safe working conditions, safe air travel, and all the things we take for granted. If you want to see a vision of corporations in control and a laissez-faire state, read about the Gilded Age in our history. It ain’t pretty!

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By Randy Mitchell on July 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

John, I appreciate you commenting here.

The Republicans have tried to work with this man on just about everything. But Obama, simply put, is a left-wing idealist. A man who only believes in high taxes, big government, and liberal thought. He wants to take from the wealthy, demonize them for being so, and carry on. Just look at his negative attack ads on Romney. It's all he's got to run on.

By the way, have you seen the current tally of our national debt lately? I never ever hear an Obama supporter going there. And the stimulus Obama has supported, it's done nothing except raise our debt to China, and other nations therefore lowering our financial strength among the world. Our economy is stilll in the dumps, unemployment is still extremely high, businesses aren't hiring because they're afraid of this man getting re-elected, and has he actually helped racial rights, especially inside the black community? No. We are further apart than ever. Unemploment within the black community is higher than ever.

I could go on and on.

So, what exactly are his successes?

The Republicans saw his socialistic idealogy a long time ago. They are simply trying to save what's left of the American way of life. And my views aren't a reflection of FOX News, etc. I watch all of the networks, and I base my opinions from all angles of the debate.

Thank you again for your opinions.

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By Josh Marks on August 01, 2012 at 10:35 am

Randy,

You live in Rethug La La land where if we just make sure the rich get richer than all that money will trickle down from The Hamptons and jobs will magically be created. And if we deregulate industry, then corporations will magically do the right thing and make us safe and protect the air and water and stop polluting.

You sir and your failed ideology are a joke and thank God President Obama is trying to get us back to common sense tax codes and regulation in America. That's not socialism (you don't even know what socialism is frankly), it is the right thing to do.

Government is not the enemy. Your anti-public sector ideology is. Who builds the bridges, roads, broadband, piping, trains? Who protects us from dirty air and water? Who makes sure our food is safe to eat? Who makes sure airplanes are safe to fly? Who protects minorities and children and women from abuses in the work place?

And the wealthy don't create jobs. DEMAND creates jobs. That demand comes when the GOVERNMENT pumps money into the economy through fiscal stimulus. Any economist will tell you that.

You and your kind are a dying breed.

Obama 2012!

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By Randy Mitchell on August 02, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Josh,

Your comments here reflect your youth and inexperience.

Government has a role in America, but big Government is intrusive, bureacratic, and always fiscally unsound. The construction, roadways, etc you write about are all paid for by the taxpayer. The construction companies who build those things are done by private companies and contractors paid for by the taxpayer. Everything we have in this country is paid for by businesses who supply products and services.

And stop demonizing the rich. You become rich in this country by starting and owning businesses. Who incidentally, are the ones who employ the masses, not government agencies. Name one government agency who works within budget and isn't overrun with bureacracy?

Obama's stimulus has been a miserable failure. The unemployment rate is still extremely high and has done nothing to improve the economy. When you hear about the GSA, Solyndra, and other programs who waste billions how does that help?

Socialism? I know all about it. I've studied it extensively. If Obama is re-elected he will go much further in promoting this type of government. It doesn't work. I'd suggest you take a look at the countries in Europe who've used this path. They're all broke and it's getting worse.

I hope that young people like yourself learn more about how America became the leader of the free world. We did it through economic power, Capitalism, and the free market. NOT Government bureacracy.

If you want to keep drinking the Obama Koolaid, that's your business. But, I promise, the American taxpayer has had enough of his way of thinking.

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By Josh Marks on August 02, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Randy,

Your comments reflect someone who is old and out of touch. Are you a member of the John Birch Society?

The U.S. needs to spend $2 trillion to upgrade and repair our crumbling infrastructure. No one but the government is able to kickstart these projects (with help from the private sector of course).

Western Europe, Scandinavia, China, Japan, Singapore, Canada all invest way more public money into infrastructure like roads, bridges, high-speed rail, aviation, broadband, piping, etc..

The U.S. invests only 2.4% of GDP on infrastructure compared to 5% in Europe and 9% in China.

The Economist reports that the World Economic Forum now ranks the United States twenty-third overall for infrastructure quality between Spain and Chile.

How do we pay for infrastructure? Taxes.

Obama's stimulus was good but not big enough. We need a second stimulus. Public sector cuts are what is holding back the recovery. The private sector is adding jobs.

Obama 2012!

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