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One Opinion: Who built this country? Business or government?

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

July 18, 2012 | 3,634 views | 102 comments

“If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” This is what President Barack Obama said over the weekend!

Really? Somebody else worked the 20-hour days to get the business going?

Somebody else took a personally guaranteed loan to get the business going?

Somebody else maxed out credit cards to keep the business going?

Somebody else lay awake at nights worrying about how the bills would be paid to keep the business going?

Somebody else had the vision, the concept, the idea, the plan for getting the business going?

Somebody else went without a salary and without a vacation so that all the money could go back into building the business?

Dream on. Of course, it’s true that businesses take advantage of paved streets and government facilities -- government facilities that businesses paid for with their taxes!

Obama has it backward. It’s business taxpayers that paid for the infrastructure in the first place -- not the other way around.

Obama said successful business people must think they are pretty smart and have worked harder than anybody else. Of course, a lot of people are smart and work hard, but do not get ahead.

Part of not being as "successful" as some could be due to choices. They choose, for instance, to buy another car or go on vacation. They choose the security of a job instead of enduring the stress of not knowing how the bills will be paid. They choose a 40-hour week instead of working the long hours demanded by starting their own business.

It's also true that a lot of their success or lack thereof is due to poor choices made in life. There are choices of using drugs or not, sleeping late or getting up early to go to work, or doing without in order to invest in your future.

This in no way implies that there are not some people who just never got a fair shot in life. Perhaps there is illness or accidents that knock them down. These are people who need help and should be helped, but Obama goes well beyond that in his demands.

Obama said, “Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.” That’s true. You reached out to the rest of your family. You found talented and competent people to work in the business, and you paid them a salary that you could afford.

Obama said, “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back.”

Yes, business want to give back to their community -- the community that supports their business and walks through their doors to spend money with their business. That’s why businesses give back to the Lions Club, the Rotary, the Chambers of Commerce, the 4-H Clubs, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Little League Teams, the soccer teams, the church festivals, and all the other civic societies, and the many, many community projects whose organizers come knocking on our doors.

Businesses choose to give back to their community, instead of to Washington. They’ve paid enough taxes already and don’t want anymore going only to be squandered on failed green projects or trips forcampaign stops at $180,000 an hour aboard Air Force One.

Businesses have had to tighten their belts and it’s time Washington does the same. Washington cannot operate without businesses that produce because, eventually, they will run out of money to fund all those “infrastructures.”
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Your Opinions and Comments

September 12, 2012 4:55am
Thank you Muse for bestowing upon me the honor of being able to distract voters. With all their learned knowledge of what is good for this country and their professed adherence to the constitution, I am amazed that a simple ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
September 11, 2012 3:57pm
OK, OK. continue distracting voters from the real and present danger which is Obama. He gets re-elected. You happy?

September 11, 2012 1:13pm
If we are really sincere about living within the confines to the US constitution, then I suggest we throw all the bums (democrat and republican} responsible for establishing a welfare nation out of office. I don't believe ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
September 11, 2012 11:46am
And so, ladies and gentlemen, round one has ended! Battered and bruised they return to their respective corners to wonder exactly what they were fighting about. And all the while the great divider continues his campaign for re-election. ... More ›

September 9, 2012 1:51pm
Elaine....good points....I will strive to be kinder to my fellow man and disagree with a more humorous manner.

Elaine K.  
September 9, 2012 1:05pm
Prairie, I know what you mean. Humor is good. In fact, I think part of this country's problem is that we have lost our sense of humor in our attempt to be so very politically correct. People are afraid to say something with ... More ›

September 9, 2012 9:30am
Elaine....I fully deserved the A/C remark....thanks for adding a little more humor to my life....:)

September 9, 2012 5:32am
Pris......have you considered that Medicare contributes to the size of government ? The general fund (read taxpayers) fund over 40 percent of the Medicare Plan B programs. A portion of that money is being borrowed and will ... More ›

Elaine K.  
September 8, 2012 6:03pm
And all without air conditioning? :)

September 8, 2012 4:16pm
What really amazes me when I see pictures of homesteads occupied by my grandparent in the late 1800's is to realize that those places were build by hand without any motorized machinery. Can you imagine clearing the land ... More ›

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