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I have a question: which came first – the goose or the egg? Don’t
wrinkle your brow and glance at your teleprompter -- this is not a difficult
question – eggs don’t hatch without a goose to sit on them.
Let’s try another one. -- which came first – the taxers or the taxees? That’s evidently a more difficult question because you, the
most powerful man in the world, recently got it wrong. Very wrong.
Recently you made quite a speech
in Roanoke, Virginia, in which you figuratively addressed small businessmen
saying, “You didn’t build that.” You went on to explain that without public
works, “roads and bridges,” a business couldn’t exist. Your implication was
that government agencies and activities are the foundation on which industry
rests, that without public policy there would be no private enterprise.
Ruins in Detroit -- seedetroit.com
P-a-l-e-e-z-e, Mr. Obama, that statement is almost as
offensive as your ignorant proclamation that this country is not a Christian
nation, and don’t give me that “out of context” palaver. It is the context of
your entire presidency that makes this so objectionable.
Obviously, Sir, you haven’t thought very hard or very long
about this country and what it’s all about, or you would know better. The truth
is that without private, moneymaking endeavors, the government would have
nothing, would be nothing. I realized that yesterday when I ran across a news
tidbit about California’ sales tax revenues dropping
by 33.5%. No. Really?!
Duh. People aren’t working; they aren’t producing, so they
aren’t earning money. Therefore they aren’t spending money, so less money is
clinking into the state’s coffers.
I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but government is
dependent on the private sector, not the other way around. Government leans on
private enterprise in two ways:
according to our constitution (Have you heard of it?), the government derives
its power from the consent of the people, who not only vote to elect
individuals to make decisions on their behalf, but who also work at producing –
food, clothing, shelter, energy, anything other people will pay for – therefore
creating incomes which the government then taxes, and, as a result, providing revenue
for the government.
Detroit neighborhood -- seedetroit.com
Government derives not only its political
power from the people; it also gains its functional
power from the productivity of its citizens. A society that produces very
little in real goods will eventually collapse under its own weight; it won’t be
able to defend itself from aggressors, nor will it be able to maintain its
infrastructure (see Detroit). Government is the result of a productive citizenry; it is
not the cause.
the public sector can’t accomplish anything without the private sector’s manufacturing
abilities. Let’s take your example of roads and bridges. Roads and bridges are
not made out of government bureaucrats (Though I rather like that idea – I even
have some individuals I could recommend.).
our transportation infrastructure is made of concrete and steel and asphalt.
The government doesn’t produce those items – private businesses mine the
minerals, mix the ingredients, and transport those materials. Private
businesses design and manufacture the giant earth-moving equipment, the paving
machines. Private businesses supply the energy required. And, especially where
bridges are concerned, private businesses often do the designing. Even the
governmental paperwork couldn’t be done without private businesses cutting down
trees and making the paper you feds waste so well.
OK, OK -- government does affect private enterprise. Of
course. If we were under constant attack by enemy armies, it would be hard to
run a business. If there were no anti-theft laws, no copyright laws, no
anti-trust laws, it would be difficult to succeed. But then, it’s difficult to
succeed anyway. I once had some copyrighted educational materials ripped off by
a California school district, but because of the way the laws were written I
had to have $60,000 up front to hire a California lawyer to prosecute the case;
needless to say, a couple of threatening lawyer-letters was all I could do
about it. But that’s not your fault – I’m just saying that even the laws don’t
help all that much.
And often, Sir, more and more often, government’s effect on
business is more in the way of walls than it is of roads. I find government getting
in the way of how I handle my two small rental properties – I can’t even
imagine what fortresses of paperwork and regulations a real business must have
to lay siege to in order the make a profit.
Of course I realize that you don’t much like profit – why, I
don’t know. You seem to be making a profit out of being president. But that
aside, I have another huge newsflash for you:
There’s really no limit to wealth. That’s a biggy. Say it
with me, slowly. There. Is. No. Limit. To. Wealth.Fairness is not about sharing what already
exists.Fairness is about letting
everyone have an equal shot at creating wealth. I know this is a tricky idea
for all you lefties, but let me try to explain:
Let’s say you figured out a way to use eggshells to make tires.
Up until this invention, eggshells were not recycled, they were just thrown
away; every morning McDonald’s, alone, chucked over 20 million eggshells. So, raw
materials were easy to come by. You patented your formula, borrowed the money
to build your factory, and set up a distribution system.
Eventually, you were turning out 2 million tires per month.
Your company, which I’m sure you ran expertly since you are so brilliant, not
only made a profit, but the economy now has 24 million new, serviceable tires each
year – basically made out of nothing. It also now has 3,000 new jobs and the
money those people are paid circulates back through the system which stimulates
(I’m trying to use words you’re familiar with.) other businesses. See how that
works? Something out of nothing.
You see, when this nation first started no one knew what to
do with that black goo that oozed out of the ground in Pennsylvania. Now we
call it “black gold.” It has created unimaginable wealth. When this nation
first started, Ben Franklin was inciting lightning strikes with a key on a kite
string because he suspected that electrical power could be harnessed. Then
along came Edison and Jobs and Gates and look at the wealth that’s been produced
almost ex nihilo.
My dear president, you need to open up your supposedly intelligent
brain (I do have some doubts about that.) and understand that this country
figured out how to coax the goose to lay the golden egg (Note the goose was
there first.) Our forefathers realized that if people have their own personal
integrity (which was assumed since our nation was peopled mostly by fervent,
Bible-reading Christians), and enough elbow room to be inventive, that wealth
would accumulate quickly.
It did, and it did so, back when private people built the
roads and bridges, back when government was seen more as evil than good, when
taxes were never beneficial to anyone on this side of “the pond.”
Sir, you are the president of a country of which you have no
knowledge, for which you have no affinity. You are either driving without a
license or you are going somewhere none of us riding on this bus want to go.
Please pull over. I want to get off.