Last Friday, July 13th, President Obama said this at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Virginia, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
In case you need to see it from his own lips, here is the video :
To be fair, he said some other things in the speech in which I agree. Paraphrasing, he mentioned that others contributed to business builders’ success such as a great teacher or someone who invested in roads and bridges. However, he did say what is outlined in the video.
The man deserves to be believed. I think he truly believes that the owners of businesses did not build their businesses. He truly believes that somebody else made that happen and that the owners are just fortunate people who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
This is a curious outlook on life.
Anyone who survives the grind of running for President, to become our leader, should have a greater appreciation for the physical and mental discipline it takes to become a successful business owner. I can appreciate the grind it takes to win the Presidency. The candidate must work countless 12 to 14 hour days, travel constantly and be “on” all the time. He must constantly be guarded in the things that he says because there are always people looking to take advantage of any stumble that you make.
Amazingly, the description of running for the Presidency above sounds eerily familiar to almost any entrepreneur. The difference is that a Presidential candidate must do this for over a year. An entrepreneur must do it for decades.
With these similarities, you would think that President Obama would have more empathy and respect for business owners than this quote shows.
Now if you are thinking that you are not a business owner and this attitude does not affect you, think again. How would you have an opportunity to have a job if the original business owner had not taken a chance with their time and money and jumped out on faith and started the business years earlier? Also, did you know that business owner risks everything they own to personally guarantee their bank and/or bonding company with their personal assets?
- Respect the man and believe what he says
- He does not respect the efforts of business owners
- He is intent on transferring your wealth, no matter how hard you worked to earn it, to others
- Do not sit on the sidelines and hope that he is defeated in the upcoming election; do something to influence the outcome if you want a change
This Blog is the start of my pro-active stance on the election; what will yours be?
Post your comments and let us stimulate the discussion.
Ted S. Miller
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