The House that Jack Built…with help.

July 16, 2012

An article by Leonard Brown:


This is the house that Jack built. Actually, we can’t really say that Jack built it. He had help after all. Let’s start again.  This is the frame, that was erected by the carpenter that was hired by the contractor that was followed the plans that were drawn by the architect that designed the house that Jack bought.

According to the president, this is about how the history of any small business should be written. For you see, that business was not built by the owner. No, that would imply that it belonged to him. It was built by the public obviously. Therefore, any business that exists, is, without question, public domain, right? Seriously? Has he slid so far to the left that he is preaching public ownership of all buildings? Well, that’s not really a slide to the left. What it is, is a reputable media source finally documenting how far to the left he has been all along. The frightening thing is, no one is calling him on it.

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran this article on their website. It represents a concerted effort by the Obama re-election campaign to sell people on the fact that the individual can do nothing without assistance, and that they should shelter under the Government umbrella. Not exactly a new tactic, is it? Let’s examine his premise, though.

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.

          On the surface, this is true. There are a lot of successful people, that for some reason, agree with this point of view. Also, they do want to give back a portion of their success to the community. I maintain, however, that dictating from on high that contributions must be made is not philanthropy. Philanthropy is a voluntary gesture. The mandating of philanthropy is tyranny. I know that’s a harsh word, but let’s be honest. Forcing people to make philanthropic gestures is an abuse of authority. It is an unrestrained exercise of power. That is part and parcel of the definition of tyranny.

 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.

           It is the height of arrogance to believe that you achieved anything worth achieving without someone to help along the way. If nothing else, you had moral support from friends and family members. This does not mean that what you accomplish is not your accomplishment. Your business exists because of the financial investments that you have put into it. It succeeds because of your decisions. To say that it belongs to the public because they shop there, is to say that you owe part of your car to the mechanic because he fixed  it. It’s preposterous.

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.

           Yes, Mr. President. There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there that deserve to go home at night knowing that their hard work is not in vain. That they will reap the fruits of their labors. Who are you to tell them that they do not own what they have put their blood, sweat and tears into?

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.

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          Once again, he believes that we are helpless without the government. More government is always his answer. Here he is, praising the government and in the same breath, claiming credit for the invention of Al Go… I’m sorry, I can’t even say it jokingly and keep a straight face. The internet has given rise to any number of businesses in which people have seen a market, and stepped in to offer what it wanted. That is how businesses are built. Supply and demand. It does not take a village to raise a business. We live in a society of builders, thinkers and achievers. This country is built on entrepreneurs that worked hard to build their vision. To take that away is to destroy the very thing that makes us great. I hope business owners remember that come November.


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