This was written by Keith Wine of Glen Allen, Va.
When I had my own company in the 90s, I borrowed money against my credit cards, from my family and others to build something good…a company that put people to work in meaningful jobs. I know that we changed lives, and we enjoyed prosperity. And we never thought for once that we should be thankful because the government built it. We counted our blessings, both big and small, because we prayed constantly to God, knew that it was the right thing to do, we had great people working together as a family, people were working, and had fun.
The government NEVER had sleepless nights worrying about making payroll, about a big deal being closed, or worried about how we were going to pay our bills. The government did not work 16 hour days, or weekends. Ask any one of our spouses about how they felt about the pressures and anxiety of starting a company. Ask any entrepreneur and his/her spouse and family about the risks that someone takes when they first open for business. Being an entrepreneur is a tough, but rewarding life, and I never had the government to fall back on if I failed. In fact, quite the reverse.
To make matters even worse, my belief is that, Mr President, your recent efforts to attract women voters in 2012 has hit a stone wall with your blundered statement made in Roanoke. For those on the fence, I am sure that they have now seen the real you. Just as many women have started or will be starting their own companies, and I guarantee you that they would say the same thing about the risks and rewards. This includes my own mother who started a company over 25 years ago. And this includes my wife who is considering a new business.
The Federal government did not help or will not help them. They have and will experience the same mental emotions, the same risks, the same heart-pumping, gut-wrenching daily exercise that any business owner experiences. This is true, no matter the sex, race or religion. And now, you want to squelch that freedom of being an entrepreneur by imposing higher taxes and reforms that are the exact opposite of what we need.
For you, Mr. President, to tell us with your finger pointing down at us, that we did not build or will build a company with a lot of our own hard work, sweat and equity is an INSULT to the accomplishments we enjoyed or will experience.
I guess that Mr. President, you were only thinking of green companies, or GM or Wall Street when you said the government built them. For the green companies, both domestic and international, that took billions from your failed policies and horrible insight, and have now failed, I will give you credit in saying that you built them. For the Wall Streeters taking tax dollars to pay billions in unfounded bonuses based on complete business failures, I will give you credit. For GM and all of the union bosses taking billions to subsidize their own agenda, I will give you credit. The government did build it. But not our government…this is your social circle of misfits and managers with no real world business skills.
Respectfully, Mr. President, you are sorely mistaken in belittling the GREATEST, most respected Office of the world, of the GREATEST nation of the world, to further your own radical cause of forming a socialistic government to reverse a foundational principle of capitalism…a fundamental value in which American citizens and immigrants utilized to build this country. Many, like I, will not accept the ideologues that you have surrounded yourself with and have continued to shove their impractical idealism down our throats. At some point, we have to call BS. The problem is that you don’t and won’t care until you get your way. Just like your extremist socialists friends, we do not need to try to reason with you. In your view, there is no compromise, except to only suck it up and accept your way.
If you thought that we were angry about Obamacare, you have not seen anything. You have rallied another giant…the entrepreneur, who does not, and cannot afford another four years of lack of leadership and interest in seeing America great. You have even attempted to squelch those that are considering starting their own company.
So, Mr. President, your games of trying to distract those with little knowledge of the real world or those that only live to feed off the system is dwindling. Moreso, the naive students who voted for you before have now graduated only to find no jobs and their parents laid off.
The novelty has worn off, and your Chicago-style leadership with self-serving friends, do not make a very good image. Your true colors, your real heritage of anti-capitalism and the deep-seated desire to overthrow this country to become your Roman empire is and will no longer be acceptable. You are not the Chosen One. You are not Caesar, and you are definitely not King. For you, your dream is that we get down on our knees and bless the Federal government and you for our many blessings. Sorry to ruin your vision, but there is a much higher calling than you. And you will go down in history as the biggest failure of a President in US History.
My mission is to do everything that I can to support Mitt Romney in becoming our next President and Governor Allen to become our next USSenator. And guess what? There are more like me…