He and his followers claim his statement was taken out of context. It is beyond imagination to figure out how that could be so. Nevertheless, virtually everyone else understands that we all have received help along the way, from parents, teachers, mentors and others. It is also obvious that infrastructure, e.g. roads, bridges and utilities, are necessary for our society to properly function in a modern world.
Let’s remember though, we all pay taxes for these necessities.
However, unless one steps out of line, tightens their belt and risk failure they cannot expect to operate a successful business. No matter how much encouragement and tutoring one has received, every entrepreneur has to make the nerve-wracking decision to step out and accept the risk
For the president or anyone to denigrate the risk-taker is anti-capitalistic and unveils their proclivity toward a socialistic philosophy which is anathema to the American experience.
Let’s celebrate those who have taken risk.
David E. Pierson
Likewise, the electricity, phone service and cable television are all privately owned and are provided by individuals or associations of individuals (corporations) who have invested their own resources. The only thing government did was tax them and issue regulations which make it more difficult to do business.
As for the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS seem to visit most businesses more frequently than the USPS.
Police and fire protection are paid for by taxes, though it is also quite common to see private security protection being hired by when they feel police protection is not sufficient.
We in the United States enjoy more freedoms than virtually any other peoples in the world. The owners of small businesses appreciate that freedom more than most because they know that in many parts of the world, what they are doing would not be possible.
That letter failed to give credit to the person who had the idea for creating the business, as well as the work, dedication and skill that went into operating it.
In one speech, he chided small business people for taking credit through ideas, risks and hard work. He let them know it was the government and infrastructure that allowed them to succeed.
(Last time I checked, it was taxes paid by all hard-working Americans that paid for these and other government services.)
In another recent speech, after congratulating himself for saving General Motors, he stated he would like to do the same for the rest of the industries in America.
We have two choices in November. One is where freedom, smaller government, hard work and personal responsibility are the order of the day. The second could lead to the demise of our republic and a slide to radical socialism.
As Winston Churchill said, “The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”