An excellent letter to the editor appearing in the July 20, 2012, issue of The Franklin Press written by Jim Gray:
Obama’s comment, “You didn’t build that,” shows mindset
President Obama says if you created a business or technology, “You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” He gives all the credit to government infrastructure and government investment. Obama sees the government as the only driver of the economy. This is the definition of a socialist.
Government’s job is to create a level playing field for everybody, provide a legal framework to assure fairness and to provide the infrastructure to allow commerce and innovation to thrive. It is not government’s duty to invest in obscure research, select favorite industries for investment, regulate companies out of business if they are not favored by the administration, etc., etc., etc.
Personally, while holding a fulltime job and raising a family I took night courses, studied computer manuals, pestered computer programmers for tips and learned to program computers completely on my own, with no government help. That effort eventually resulted in my becoming a vice president of a large company. It took a lot of work, a lot of time away from my family and a lot of study. The credit for “help” should go to my wife who raised our family and provided a stable home environment while I worked my primary job and spent the equivalent of a second job to advance my education and skills.
There are a lot of other people out there just like me. It takes hard work and initiative to succeed. You can’t, and shouldn’t, just sit back and wait for the government to provide. That is not how America got built and it is not what will keep this country great.
Ask yourself “Am I better off since Obama was elected?” If you have a job or a business or provide a service, you better think twice about who you vote for in this coming election because you are viewed by the Obama administration as either: a source of tax revenue, if you make enough to pay taxes; or as a “vote” if you don’t.
Jim Gray – Franklin