On my way home from work last week I had to slow down and stop as a gaggle of geese meandered across the road. As more cars started backing up, the geese continued to take their own sweet time, completely oblivious to the backlog of traffic that they were creating on either side of them. One car started to inch forward, in hopes of speeding them up, and promptly got a squawking to by some very perturbed and arrogant geese. Eventually, they finally crossed the road, and flapped their wings back in irritated displeasure as the traffic again started moving along
As I continued my drive home, I got to thinking about how our government seems to act like those geese. Walking around disorganized, acting like they own the joint, oblivious to the fact that they were inconveniencing everyone around them, causing backups, confusion, and frustration everywhere. Everything productive and moving having to come to a standstill so they can prance across the street in the middle of it all, flapping their wings, always full of their own sense of importance. And then there is the other side effect of geese that is left behind – goose poop.
I guess small businesses have a right to feel like they are always being plopped on by the messy, stinky stuff that comes from the rear end of a goose orifice when dealing with those in government. You need look no further than our own President’s words in order to understand what some public servants think about the private sector. I refer to his now infamous gaffe, “You Didn’t Build That’ speech, in which he had the audacity to criticize the very ideals that make America great – sacrifice and hard work. I know that some may counter that he was merely taken out of context. However, when you add the context back in, it makes the gaffe even worse, revealing that much more clearly what the progressive left think about those who defy the idea of dependence on government:
“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet”. ~ President Barack Obama, July 13, 2012
Basically, according to the President, the long hours you worked, the time away from your families, the money you borrowed or risked – none of that matters because government built a bridge. Oh, yeah, and hired a teacher. Or something. The problem with that theory, and all those misguided elitists that promote it, is that it is not connected whatsoever to reality. Granted, government does provide public schools and infrastructure but those did not spring from the goodness of the state but from the desires of its people. Public teachers teach and roads are built because that is what government employees are hired to do, by the taxpayers, with taxpayer money, which was taken out of the hard-earned paychecks of individuals and businesses. Not only that, if we truly “didn’t get there on our own”, how do we account for the fact that not all businesses or individuals succeed, when all have access to the very same schools, roads and bridges? No, Mr. President, the common denominator for success is not government, but those who are willing to do what it takes to pursue the American dream. You still fail to understand that while we all have equal opportunity for greatness, there will always be some who choose not to take it. Success is not something granted by government, it cannot be spread around and it is not a right. It is something that must be earned.
In other words, Mr. President, we DID build that. All of it – what our country has to offer – was built with our money, our effort, our sacrifice. The only role government is supposed to play is that of a hired steward, with an understanding that they would not exist were it not for those of us who sacrificed in order to succeed in life.
Mr. President, you’re full of goose poop.
“Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.” Ayn Rand (1905-1982) a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter