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18 months ago in
Does Obama Really Believe You Didn't Build Your Business?
Bill, I am struck by your willingness to excuse the President on this particular issue. While criticizing the Presidents opponents for picking through his statement to suit their needs, you have effectively done exactly the same thing. I would point to the President’s previous paragraph in which he said “look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. 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. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.” Using this statement as a launching pad into the statement that you’ve spent the entire article defending, I would say the President was NOT taken out of context. As an entrepreneur I would say that while I may not be smarter than the rest of the world, something sets me apart from the pack. There is a drive in me that desires to succeed, that craves to build a successful enterprise. This drive keeps me up long nights, and often keeps me in, working behind closed doors to figure out a way to be even more successful. The determination to succeed is driven by my responsibility to my employees who rely on a successful company to feed their families. The entrepreneur may not be smarter than everyone, but we work just as hard, or harder than most. We create, we brainstorm, and we fail time and time again. We brush ourselves off and start again. We are not happy with the monotony of the 9-5 grind; we’d rather work 20 hrs a day building something that we can be proud of. I don’t know what the President’s experience is, but I started my tech company as a full time graduate student, while also enjoying full time employment. I started my company in the midst of a recession, and spent countless months seeking funding, maxing out my credit cards and eating bare bones. So to the Presidents point about all that I did NOT do, I say I did all that and more! Finally, even if the President was talking strictly about infrastructure, which he clearly was not, the roads and bridges that he speaks so highly of were paid for with MY tax dollars. The teachers were paid from MY property tax dollars, and somehow I’m supposed to feel a debt of gratitude because the govt used my money to build a bridge? My gratitude is the 40% tax rate I pay for everything from gas to clothing to property. THAT’S what built this American system! The President should be thanking the American people, not expecting me to thank him and the federal government. Without the people, and without the taxes on the people, there is no federal government. I owe the government no praise. I owe the construction worker nothing! He/She got paid with my tax dollars. They owe me a debt of gratitude.
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