EDITOR:Below is a letter from a well-known small businessman that couldn't say it any better regarding the president's view on small business.
You recently made a statement to the effect that, "If you have a business you didn't build it, you had help," implying that the federal government helped build our businesses by virtue of paving roads and building bridges and keeping the nation safe from foreign invasion.
First of all, Mr. Obama, if I'm going to take advice about business it will not be from somebody who has had absolutely no business experience like yourself. Secondly, Mr. Obama, I vehemently disagree with your premise.
Where was your government when I spent as much as 16 weeks away from my wife and infant son to get a business started? Where were you on those cold winter nights when my old bus broke down in the middle of nowhere and we had to scramble to make the next show, nobody from the government came along to give us a ride?
Where was your government when I had to borrow money from a bank to make my payroll? Where was your government while I was digging out of a two million dollar debt, playing every smoky beer joint I could to keep from losing everything I owned?
Mr. Obama, I want to make you aware of a fact. It is the federal government's responsibility to build roads and bridges and keep the nation safe.
That's what the federal government is supposed to do, not create an entitlement society that is totally unsustainable and pile up debt that we can't pay.
And who do you think paid for those roads and bridges in the first place, and have been doing it for 200 years before you were even born? The citizens of this nation do not need to pay more taxes, the federal government needs to stop spending money it doesn't have and has to borrow.
Because the truth of the matter is that no matter how much taxes the government collects, things are only going to get worse because you'll only spend it and demand even more.
Mr. Obama, you have divided this nation by making the have-nots believe that anybody who has been successful has done so at their expense, that anything they've accumulated has been stolen, not earned. That hard work and risk had nothing to do with their success, because they've just been lucky and should give a big part of what they earn to the government to pass on to those who don't even try to be successful.
Look at what's going on with the African-Americans who put their hopes and complete confidence in you and voted overwhelmingly for you. The unemployment rate is 14 percent and the unemployment among young African Americans is something like 40 percent. Is that what hope and change is all about?
Look at what's happening in your hometown of Chicago where the murder rate is through the roof. Do you think your baseless rhetoric about the unfairness of the successful in America is going to help soothe the situation? Have you ever considered reaching out to them, instead of fanning the flames?
Mr. Obama I don't think you like America very much. I think you'd like to redesign it from the ground up, to turn it into a lazy, unproductive, secular, socialist society.
Well, that just won't flush in a lot of ways, the most prominent being that when all the productive people have given up and stopped trying, when all the investors stop investing, when 80 percent of the population is living on government handouts, your government is going to run out of money and this nation will sink into chaos.
But Mr. Obama, I'm beginning to think that's what you want. My help cometh from the Lord who made Heaven and Earth - not the government who made debt and class envy.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, and for our country.
God bless America,
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
Nov. 6 can't come soon enough.
Spread Eagle, Wis.