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Hey, business people, President Obama says you didn’t do it. Especially those of you who think you have created, led and built small businesses. You didn’t do it. The government did. Never mind that you and your staff pay the taxes.
Here’s the statement, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” That’s what President Obama told a Roanoke, Va., group at a campaign event July 13.
I believe that with this remark, the President opened a window into his soul, into his deepest convictions.
The heads-up on this revelation came from a businessman. His business involves a dozen people. His wife’s business has one employee. Both work with a network of other small businesses.
Mr. President, here’s how it works. Someone has an idea. This person might be an individual alone or within a larger organization. Part of the idea is that others might find the idea useful, preferably useful enough to pay money to use the idea.
These people are called “customers.”
The notion of customers potentially existing forms the rationale for further developing the idea. Others enter the development process, maybe only one or two others. Maybe many. Money is found. (Over time, I have had ideas, but have hit the wall on money.)
The idea might be modest. I buy clothes from partners, one Hispanic, one African American, who spun out from an Albuquerque clothing retailer.
There is the Hispanic woman’s mail house.
The idea might be bigger. The largest Albuquerque-based Internet service provider keeps acquiring other ISPs.
These enterprises would not have happened without the idea and, then, the drive to see it through. The president denies that, something I find really scary. “Somebody else” created the companies, he said.
Capitalism —the free enterprise system — allocates resources through individuals and small groups making arrangements that satisfy one another. Allocation is the big problem with socialism. Just for a moment, grant the idiotic notion that we should pretty much have the same amount of stuff. Decisions must be made on how to get there. People make decisions.
A natural tendency toward corruption exists. The decision maker—ever so pure much of the time—says, well, I’ll grab a little more for me or maybe for my kid. Pretty soon an elite exists.
Someone might object to these decisions, but open societies and elites don’t mix. The elites will have the guns. It’s totalitarianism time.
The Roanoke speech is at:
whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia. For an American Enterprise Institute analysis, go to:
Support the other guys, the ones believing in freedom, creating and building, is my suggested response to the President’s rhetorical theft of your accomplishments and those of people working with you. The presidential choice is obvious.
In New Mexico four federal office candidates might be worth your time (talking to friends, volunteering), your money and your vote. The state Republicans (gopnm.com) doesn’t list candidates, which is stupid. Here is some help.
Because choices are necessary, I suggest focusing on Heather Wilson and Janice Arnold-Jones, who has been a friend for 10 years.
Of the other two, in the south Steve Pearce (peopleforpearce.com) is already in Congress, has lots of campaign money and an apparently token opponent. In the north, Jeff Byrd (jeffbyrd2012.com) seems offering only token opposition to incumbent Ben Ray Lujan.
Janice Arnold-Jones (janice2012.us) of Albuquerque has many virtues and would be an impressive member of the House of Representatives.
While she is waging a vigorous campaign, her money totals remain modest. She needs your help.
Heather Wilson, Senate candidate (heatherwilson.com), would be a huge addition to the Senate, great for the state and the nation. Wilson has campaign money but always could use more.
Time to act.
New Mexico Progress