I don’t get Barack Obama. He seems intent on diminishing the very foundation on which his expansive welfare plans must depend—that is, destroying the business efficacy of our robust, fecund, and faithfully tax-paying small business sector.
I was watching a baseball game last Saturday and during the commercial I was flipping channels and came across a speech President Obama had given in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday, July 13. I was stunned to hear the following two sentences. “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Huh? Surely that’s not what I heard.
So I checked it out on the internet this morning when I came in to the office. Yup. That’s what he really, really said. Not only that, but he goes on to say the following: “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.”
Pardon me, while I pick my jaw off the floor.
Am I the only sane man sitting out here in stunned silence? Even I, in my younger days as a frothing-at-the-mouth socialist, wouldn’t cast such calumny on small business owners. What’s next for us entrepreneurial evil-doers? Lynch mobs?
And what is the point of denigrating our community? There can be no decrease in unemployment without our commitment to the future and our willingness to take risk. If we don’t create the normative 65% of new jobs the federal government counts on to reduce unemployment, who will? What is to be gained by dampening our communal self-esteem and animal spirits? Small business is the backbone of enterprise and employment in this country. It is the goose that has always laid the golden egg and brought prosperity in its wake. Why insult us? If I didn’t build my business, who did?
Furthermore, small business generally is not doing well. We are not expanding as we normally would or hiring at the rate we would like because of tax and regulatory uncertainty. Tell me, o faithful Obama apologists, what is the useful point of insulting us personally and vilifying our very existence? When did entrepreneurs become the “bad” people? Please educate me so I can understand, ye readers of this post.
I don’t understand President Obama’s rhetoric. But my take-away is simply this (to riff on Sally Field’s famous Academy Award’s outburst upon receiving her award):
“You hate me! You really hate me!”
Thank you, Sally.