As Twitchy reported this weekend, President Obama upped his sneering contempt for business owners and entrepreneurship recently. He told them that if they have a business, they “didn’t build that. Someone else made that happen.” Yesterday, small business owners responded by trying to teach President Obama a little something about business, being that he knows absolutely nothing about business nor even about meeting a payroll. Wearing big boy pants is hard!
Citizens, small business owners among them, are still fuming today. And rightly so; President Obama’s sneering contempt and the scorn he holds for business is shake fisty beyond belief. The worst part is that it was not something gaffe-tastic; it is what he truly believes. He believes that government, not individuals, is paramount. He believes that The State should run all and pesky people should just get out of the way and shaddup. Entrepreneurship is bad, because it is individual and not collective-based.
Well, small business owners refuse to talk to President Obama’s dismissive hand and they are fighting back.
More from the National Federation of Independent Business’s statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16, 2012 — The following statement is the response from NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner to President Obama’s declaration over the weekend that “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
“What a disappointment to hear President Obama’s revealing comments challenging the significance of America’s entrepreneurs.
“His unfortunate remarks over the weekend show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs.
“I’m sure every small-business owner who took a second mortgage on their home, maxed out their credit cards or borrowed money from their own retirement savings to start their business disagrees strongly with President Obama’s claim. They know that hard work does matter.
“Every small business is not indebted to the government or some other benefactor. If anything, small businesses are historically an economic and job-creating powerhouse in spite of the government.”
Bingo. The president would have you believe that these people sacrificed nothing and should, instead, kiss the hem of the government’s garment (probably made in China). Kowtow to The State, ingrates! Without it, you’d be nothing. Never mind the blood, sweat and tears that you invested, along with your own hard-earned cash, in your business. President Obama and The State did it for you, rubes! And, so, #BarackObamaDidItForThem was born, out of mockery.
That’s another Teachable Moment for you, President Obama. Perhaps you need to hold a summit with people who know what they are talking about, lest you “act stupidly” again.
Small business owners have done more, and will continue to do more, for individuals and families than the government ever could. These business owners, and builders, are Americans who don’t posture. Instead, they take action, work hard and strive to do what needs to be done. The businesses that they create result in far more good than big government’s failed programs ever will. These entrepreneurs are people who employ others; enriching them and their families in ways that The State cannot. These hard-working and enterprising people beat themselves up every time they are forced to lay someone off due to the incessant interference and constant screw-ups by the government. The very same government, currently “led” by President Obama, that is now smugly dismissing them and blatantly ridiculing and mocking them.
You know what else? The government didn’t build itself; someone else made that happen — We, the people. And you work for us, not the other way around.