I want to further the conversation on the current issue of business vs government as recently defined by our President who no doubt has a healthy disdain for success, in my opinion. I believe that this issue is one of the fundamental differences between conservative and liberal thought. Liberals, or at least the majority of current progressives, believe in social justice engineered by a large central federal government, taking from those at the top of the economic ladder and distributing to those on the lower rungs. This is hardly a new concept and has been done numerous times throughout history with little success. It has never resulted in lifting people out of poverty, nor has it resulted in creating a higher standard of living, or brought out the best in any individual. It has only served to enrich a ruling class at the expense of a permanent under class. What’s frustrating from a conservative position is that if you oppose the progressive agenda, than you are an evil over lord without any compassion, when in reality, conservatives do care, and have much more effective ideas on how to administer safety nets to those truly in need.
When the President stated that if you had a successful business, you didn’t build it and that others did, he offered a genuine glimpse into his true ideology, and that is one of collectivism. Of course this should be expected from someone who has never been a part of private enterprise having never started a business, nor even managed one, and yet has been the recipient of the benevolence of others almost at every stage of his life. Obama fails to understand the financial risk that so many people take to start their own business and be independent. If that individual fails, will the collectivists be there to off set the losses? I hardly think so, but the collectivists are sure there to take from that individuals success now aren’t they? Considering that business’s and successful individuals pay the majority of income taxes, it can be easily argued that they are largely responsible for building that infrastructure that others enjoy. It can easily be argued that without successful business’s, the government would not have the money to build those roads that those who don’t pay income taxes use on daily basis, so really, who should be more grateful? Shouldn’t the 47% who pay no income tax be grateful that hard working Americans provide the funds to build that infrastructure that they benefit from? Shouldn’t the president and other elected government officials be grateful to hard working, risk taking Americans for paying their salaries and benefits? I really believe that this President and most liberals have their priorities all screwed up, and have put the cart before the horse.