The Truth in the "You Didn't Build It" Speech

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Along with every other small business person who has worked long hours, borrowed money, worried over meeting a payroll or paying bills to suppliers, and gone without personal indulgences to push a business to success, I'm outraged by Mr. Obama's statement that we owe our success to the government. outraged man, yelling

 

We shouldn't be outraged. It's so ridiculous that we should all have ignored it as the rantings of a person who knows nothing about building a business.

He also doesn't seem to realize that if his statement was true, then everyone would be successful. Everyone in America has access to roads, bridges, police and fire protection, and a public education.

Although he didn't mention it, it is true that government helped many in the older generation via the GI Bill. But even then, some took full advantage and made something of themselves while others didn't. The same could be said for student aid and student loans.

As Jim Rohn said, when you offer an opportunity "Some will, some won't."

 

But he DID make one true statement in that speech. It's been ignored, probably because it isn't what he meant, and "You didn't build it" overshadows the whole message.

 

That true statement is that none of us has done it alone.

 

  • Someone has either encouraged us or said "You can't" - so that we had to respond with "Oh yeah - watch me!"

  • Someone set an example of how to work and live that we either followed or turned opposite to.

  • Someone gave us a first job and taught us how to work.

  • Someone - perhaps inadvertently - gave us the spark of an idea that we acted upon.

  • Someone inspired us or introduced us to a career that was the right one for us - possibly by example. Maybe that someone was a person we knew, or maybe it was someone in a book or a magazine article.

 

And best of all ...

 

Someone believed in us and trusted us enough to become our first paying customer or client, long before we had proven our worth. 

 

Just for the record - I do believe there is one government agency that we owe for everything we have. No, not the agency so much, but the men and women of The U.S. Military.

Without our Founding Fathers and all the military men and women who have risked their lives to defend our way of life, we wouldn't even have the freedom to think about being entrepreneurs.

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Rainmaker
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Frances C. Rokicki
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Marte, Excellent!  I did hit that little suggest button:)  Hoping that the majority of people get this, come election time in November!  I was inspired, by a person very dear to me and I will be forever grateful.

Proud business owner in Connecticut! 

Jul 21, 2012 07:51 AM #1
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Marte, I agree, our military is the backbone of our country's strength. Our veterans cannot be thanked enough for their service and sacrifices.

Jul 21, 2012 08:31 AM #2
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Marte Cliff
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Thanks Frances - All of us have been touched by someone, somehow. And all of us owe a little debt to that first customer or client who took a chance with us.

Debbie - They definitely deserve our respect and our support.

Jul 21, 2012 08:56 AM #3
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Nancy Laswick
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Marte, "Politicians Say The Darnedest Things!" could be the next big realty show..  of wait it's already on cspan.

"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for." Will Rogers

Jul 21, 2012 08:59 AM #4
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William Feela
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Very good Marte.   I agree completely on the Military comment.  Without them we would not be where we are today.

Jul 21, 2012 09:51 AM #5
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Patrick White
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Good Evening Marte

Thanks for the post. Listening to President's entire statement I think would be useful rather than just a portion and what others want you to accept. Thanks again for sharing.

Jul 21, 2012 11:13 AM #6
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Hi, Marte ~ I appreciate your sentiment about the men and women in the military. We would not be free to agree or disagree without their service. The irony is when they join, their free speech becomes limited.

Jul 21, 2012 11:20 AM #7
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Nancy - Thanks for adding a giggle!

William - We'd be a completely different country - and not a very good one. 

Patrick - Yes, I did listen to the whole statement. And I wonder where he comes up with his ideas.

Yolanda - At least until they get out and get home. Then many do speak out.

 

Jul 21, 2012 12:41 PM #8
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Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

The real frightening aspect of his speech is because of government's contribution to the success of the wealthy, that the wealthy should then pay more in taxes. Although he didn't specifically say that, it was the logical conclusion. He even opens up with "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back."   Pray tell, what is this something and why can't those wealthy Americans give back on their own, without the government forcing them too??

 

Jul 22, 2012 07:09 AM #9
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Satar - As far as I can see, in addition to already paying more taxes than other citizens, those wealthy Americans give plenty back - in the form of employment and by spending money in places that provide employment.

Expenditures that to someone like me look like wasteful foolishness none the less do provide employment. I'm thinking about fancy cars, yachts, the highest of high-end furnishings, jewelry, art, travel, domestic help... and the list goes on. (Oh - can't forget real estate agents who benefit when they buy that second or third or fourth home!)

I have never been against helping people who actually are unable to help themselves, but I don't believe any of us - rich or just getting by - need to provide for people who could work but choose to lives as parasites on society.

Even beyond that, I do see business people "giving back" on their own. People like the owner of Melaleuca and my son's boss at Mountain Power routinely reward their best employees with unexpected bonuses, and I'm sure many other employers do the same.

The difference between what they do and what Obama wants is the fact that people who benefit are people who work and make themselves valuable to their employers.

Back before government forced businesses and individuals to support those who choose not to work, some employers went far beyond bonuses in "giving back." Check out this story about Milton Hershey.

Jul 22, 2012 08:13 AM #10
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Satar Naghshineh
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Very true. Thanks for the link. I wonder what government resistence he would face today if he wanted to make chocolate.

Jul 22, 2012 10:16 AM #11
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Satar -  can't even imagine. Probably at least a foot high stack of red tape. And there'd probably be some kind of regultions prohibiting all he did for his employees, too.

Jul 23, 2012 04:04 PM #12
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Sam S.

We are fortunate to live in a country that allows us the pursuit of own desires. Government and our "leaders" set the tone and policies that either encourage or discourage entrepreneurship.

The fact is that as we become more financially successful, we find that we lose some of our tax breaks and can gain others by restructuring our businesses or finances to take advantage of tax breaks that were otherwise not available. Those tax breaks allow some of the wealthiest individuals, including Warren Buffett, to pay less in taxes than those that work for them.

No government is perfect, but a good one allows its people to succeed if they want to and stays out of our  personal lives. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect leader, government or candidate.

The good news is that as Americans we are free to have this conversation openly. For that we can all agree that we owe those who have served in our military and those citizens and politicians who have made preserving and expanding our personal freedoms a priority.

Jul 23, 2012 10:59 PM #13
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Sam -Yes, we are fortunate and we do owe a debt of gratitude to those who fight to keep our freedom to pursue our own dreams - and speak out when we don't like what government is doing.

About the taxes: I've heard that tax argument as well, but as with all statistics the numbers are skewed to make the point. Perhaps those employees are in a "middle zone" with fewer deductions, so pay a larger percentage of their actual wages, but they don't pay more taxes.

In addition, those creating the statistics fail to mention that those "rich" people who can deduct the expense involved in providing jobs for the lower income employees also pay corporate income tax.

Depending upon which year is being reported, my research says that the top 10% of earners pay 71% of the taxes, while earning about 43% of the income. The bottom 50% pay only about 2% of all taxes while earning 13% of the income. Check out this chart.

Meanwhile, about half of all income tax filers pay no income tax at all. In fact, some get money back in the form of earned income credits.

While we despair of jobs being sent overseas, I can't blame those individuals who are tired of paying more and more of their profits in taxes, regulations, red tape, etc. When you work hard; forgo "toys," vacations, and even family time; risk all you have; spend sleepless nights worrying about it; and finally achieve some success, you do want to reap the rewards.

Hearing "You need to pay more" is enough to drive anyone away.

Jul 24, 2012 02:29 AM #14
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