Mr. Obama’s words “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.”
I am always struck by Obama’s twisted “truths”. He can take the most obvious facts and distort them in such a way that it makes one question his sanity. He tries to make successful people look self centered, conceited, and arrogant with his distorted words. Most of the people I know that are successful have never said they were smart nor will they take all the credit for their success. They know that it takes a lot to make a business successful. It takes hard work, common sense, being in the right place at the right time, it takes help from others and it takes a little luck.
Obama is correct in one thing, that a business is only successful if it has devoted customers, valued employees and skilled managers behind it. Yes the business owner is also needed because it is his job to put it all together. There would be no business without the owner who is the creator and the inspiration. The owner is the person who will do whatever it takes to make it successful. If it is necessary for someone to dig a ditch in order to make a business successful, then the owner will find a way to dig a ditch even if he or she is the one doing the digging.
Being smart doesn’t make a business successful and working hard doesn’t make a business successful, it actually takes a combination of things to make a business successful. It takes intelligence, it takes hard work, it takes perseverance, it takes sacrifice, it takes inspiration, it takes the right kind of person and it takes time. A successful business isn’t born overnight off the backs of serfs but rather over time, off the backs of hard working people with a dream. Any capitalist can tell you that, but then Obama isn’t a capitalist is he?
The successful businesses aren’t made by the system but in spite of the system because the odds are against anyone being successful. There are so many obstacles in an entrepreneur’s way to hinder success, that they cannot be counted. You can’t learn success but you can learn successful practices to help you be successful. All the training in the world can’t guarantee success especially if you aren’t willing to sacrifice.
Sure there are a lot of smart people and a lot of hard working people out there, but not all of the smart ones are hard working and not all of the hard working ones are smart. This attempt by Obama to belittle entrepreneurs is a prime example of socialist propaganda. Entrepreneurs are among some of the worst enemies of socialist, in order for socialism to take over, the entrepreneurs must go. What he is saying, is that ONLY the government is responsible for everything that happens within a country and that is socialism in a nutshell.
As for his statement that… “Somebody helped create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.” This is true but that doesn’t guarantee the success of anything that we do, it just guarantees our pursuit of happiness. It is up to each of us to create our own happiness/success… or not. His very words are destroying the “unbelievable” American system he speaks of. It is the American system that created the entrepreneurs that create the successful businesses. He says that the government and everyone around you are responsible for any success you might have. The unspoken part of his statement is that everyone should therefore share in any success equally.
No honest businessman can be successful without a solid background and stable environment to grow his ideas and business. To have a solid background, one must have had people in their past to inspire and or support them. To have a stable environment, one must have people in their present to help support them and work with them. To grow ones ideas and business, one must turn inward for troubleshooting and practical application of good business actions. A successful business does come out of benefits within the American system but a successful business can’t be born without the entrepreneur.
The government “helps” businesses by mandating business licenses, health permits, surprise inspections, business practices and then taxing everything they can. That is not helping but hindering a business.
Businesses definitely aren’t successful because of government but on the contrary. Government is always the enemy of the entrepreneur and his business. It is the government who regulates and restrains business. How does that help business? Ask any business man how government HELPS him and I doubt any of them will tell you anything positive.
It is dishonest and cruel to belittle another’s achievements by saying that others are responsible for one’s success. I’m sure most successful people will credit others for giving them inspiration, support and possibly financial help but that doesn’t negate the fact that the person was successful because of their own actions.
Entrepreneurs manipulate whatever is available to them, give them lemons and they will make a lemon product, to sell at a profit. The “lemons” can be anything and the “lemon product” can be anything. But the “entrepreneur” is always an industrious, forward thinking person who is willing to do whatever needs to be done, to make his business successful.
I have one last thing to say about Obama’s statement. I think Obama needs to read his history book. The internet was NOT created by the government “…so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” It was created so that military research could be shared between all the different universities doing the military’s research. The internet was never designed for business use. Entrepreneurs converted it into viable business use. Sorry but the government can’t take any credit for making the internet into any kind of successful business. -BJMJr
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