… Well for those of us who have gone out on that limb and risked everything to start our own business, this statement by our president in his recent speech in Roanoke, Virginia is an insult. It simply and blatantly adds to the mountain of proof that he clearly and absolutely has no concept of what a business is, how it works or what it takes to build one; let alone run one! I stay very far away from expressing any political opinions in this blog, and this is not a political opinion, but it is an observation by a business person about a politician whose recent expressions are reckless. From someone who has never been in any private business whatever, and basically has only worked with or in services related to government entities, non-profit social service organizations and government, this writer is personally impressed with the sheer gall it takes to talk about something he obviously knows nothing about and yet do so emphatically with conviction, as though his audience has no idea of his ignorance! Well, maybe they don’t? As a business person who has built several companies (including from scratch), and failed a few times too, I am appalled at Obama’s assertion and his blatant disrespect for millions of Americans who have risked everything and too often failed all ALONE. All of it done to make a better life for themselves. In so doing they have created the greatest economy the world has ever known and millions of good paying jobs for Americans everywhere. Piece by piece and brick by brick as it were, this president and this government seems clearly bent on taking that all apart and telling the public, who seems all to ready to listen and accept it, that those who go out on their own and risk everything to build businesses didn’t do that themselves! “Well now they didn’t actually do that… somebody else did that for them.” I guess were supposed to be led to believe that the “somebody” implied there is government? As a business builder and owner myself, I never recall the government doing anything to help me. I recall no favors, and tax breaks are not help; they are someone taking my money and profits away from me and my employees, and from reinvestment, and then telling me they are doing me a favor by arbitrarily taking less sometimes. They are also clearly the government out to pick winners and losers! When I have had businesses that have failed, I recall no one there to help me out, especially not government. However I do recall them with their hand out to get taxes from me when I was down. Guess I must somehow have missed all that “help” I had that Obama speaks of? I am concerned our president has such a great love for government and yet clearly precious little apparently for the American business person, people and the American Spirit personified by the entrepreneur small business person who does go it alone!
With all the hyperbole and media spin these days of virtually everything and anything, it seems people are willing to accept anything. Heck, even if you are a senator and speak out that the president is lying you are lambasted by the media (I guess free speech is only for the politically privileged these days, huh?). With all the staging of political photo ops for everything and anything, and the contrived situations of many politicians to appear more than they are, why should we be surprised if those same politicians believe their own press releases and think they have us all thoroughly hoodwinked. Surely the polls and the election results have proven too often that the much vaunted American voter, when it really comes down to it, either simply doesn’t care, or is truly the stupidest thing walking around today! After all, for all the posturing about negative and mean spirited political ads, it is proven that they work. Whose fault is that but us the Amrican voters listening to this crap. If you actually want change, real change, you need to do it yourself, but be careful what you ask for as you may get it…. and we have! If you want change in government then you have to listen, really listen to all the opinions and players and you have to see and hear the BS, not just listen for what you want to hear. The you have to demand with your votes. Otherwise we get what we have now, a mess, and ultimately the people responsible aren’t in the White House or an Capitol Hill, the miscreant is in your mirror looking back at yoy every morning! If business people continue to play this dangerous game of supporting politicians for office for poytential short temr gain but who clearly hate businesses and business people, how do you think that will come out eventually?
I will say no more here, as it is not my intention to be political, although that is hard to do in the face of this blatant attack on business people across this country by this politician solely for political reasons. As well, those who are blindly in love with whatever “side” they may identify with can choose to regard my blurb here however they want. I just pray this government can finally stop working to destroying business and quit running down business people who take all the risks alone to build their companies that make this country great!