Obama: Government Creates Business

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the internet, so that all the companies could make money off the internet” – Barack Obama.

According to President Obama, business is nothing more than a product of government investments. It’s not, as many would argue, the product of hard work or an entrepreneurial spirit. Instead, business is a private (or public) enterprise that capitalizes on the success of the government. Simply put, Obama believes that government is the foremost creator of economic prosperity in America. This pitiful claim is laughable at best.

First of all, government investments originate from a single group of people: the taxpayers. Without its citizens paying taxes, the U.S. government would be unable to make any of the investments that the President cites as evidence in his speech. We wouldn’t have roads if the people weren’t paying taxes, we wouldn’t have teachers if the people weren’t paying taxes, we wouldn’t have bridges if the people weren’t paying taxes, and we wouldn’t have the internet if the people weren’t paying taxes. The government’s ability to spend money is absolutely dependent on the economic success of its people. The people have to earn money and give it to the government before the government can spend money to build the roads that Obama seems to think power the entrepreneurial spirit of America. As Mitt Romney said, I appreciate the work that government employees have done for us. Roads, bridges, teachers, and the internet are vastly important in building a booming business. However, they don’t build businesses. American entrepreneurs build businesses.

That brings me to my second point. Government investment is not that which creates business. The American people drive the creation of business. To suggest that the people did not built Apple, Microsoft, McDonald’s, and the like is absolutely preposterous. Ideas built those empires, not government infrastructure. People were able to take their ideas and produce some of the greatest companies in the world. Let me repeat that: people were able to produce some of the greatest companies in the world. Not bridges, not the internet, but people.

President Obama has no right to insult the hard work and economic success of America’s entrepreneurs. Americans did “build that”. They built Microsoft, they built Wal-Mart, they built Apple. We built these companies, not the government. The Executive Branch didn’t “build that”; the Supreme Court didn’t “build that”; Congress didn’t “build that”. America built that.