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Opinion: American exceptionalism ... despite President Obama

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Like millions of other small-business owners, I'm confused by the president's statement last week that somehow, I didn't build a business alone -- someone helped me.

The clearly unscripted remarks sent shock waves through the private sector community.

Rest assured, the President will be given ample opportunity in the coming weeks to clarify, modify, adjust and rephrase those comments.

The administration damage-control apparatus must be in full swing.

The way I remember those early days, business was built with sweat equity, sacrifice, hours and hours of toil and no guarantee of success.

But nowhere in that business story did I rely on government for assistance.

I am certainly not alone.

If the president was referring to the infrastructure of this nation as a contributing factor in business growth, surely he recognizes that I, too, contributed taxes to provide that basic support.

Here's what the president really said:

He said he is clueless on what drives success in small business.

He said his life story of government involvement and a complete disdain and contempt for private achievement, renders him incompetent in the small business arena.

He said that because of this obsessive belief in government control, he has chosen to surround himself with like-minded folk who believe only in government as the solution for everything.

Mr. President, here's how you build "that" business.

You miss kids' ballgames and dance recitals.

You eat vending machine food at your desk in order to squeeze as much work in the day as possible.

Sometimes you even hold your own paycheck to assure that the employees' paychecks will clear the bank.

You work when you're sick and when you're tired. When others gathered for a social drink, you remained at the office to make sure the bills were paid and the work complete.

But you're right, Mr. President -- you don't do it alone.

If you're fortunate, you surround yourself with hardworking associates who also make sacrifices.

But, Mr. President, government didn't open my doors each morning or sweep the mess each afternoon.

That was me, sir. A small-business owner.

You scare me, Mr. President. I respect your office but I fear you know too little about what makes this nation exceptional.

Yet despite your twisted views on an all-powerful central government, we remain exceptional.

Unfortunately, we remain exceptional despite you, not because of you.


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Thank you for a well written article.

This president is so "scripted" it's unbelievable. As soon as he gets off the teleprompter he is lost. Some other gems:

"I want so spread the wealth around" - to Joe the plumber in 2008

"Although I don't know the facts (HELLO!) what the Cambridge police did was stupid" - referring to law enforcement officers that arrested his friend

"Tell Vlad that as soon as the election is over I'll more flexibility" - off mic to Russian prime minister Dmitri Medved

"If you are a business owner, you didn't build that" - just a week ago

I can't imagine what a world leader in a room with this guy would think after talking to him - off teleprompter - for more than 5 minutes. Angela Merkel of Germany could run circles around this inexperienced Acorn community organizer.

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Jul 25, 2012, at 8:15 AM

Lest we forget "Mission Accomplished"and all the other lies the Bush admin used to take us to war. All admin will lie to accomplish their agenda, including Obama. Regardless of which party you support they all are there to further their agenda. In Bush's case it was oil production "drill baby drill" and I really don't know what Obama wants. We need to clean house in Washington before it's too late.

-- Posted by wolfwoman on Wed, Jul 25, 2012, at 10:36 AM


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