Which came first—government or the egg?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Recently President Obama made some disturbing remarks in a Roanoke speech in which he tied the infrastructure of government to individual business success. The president said: “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.”

Mr. President, who do you think pays the taxes that builds the bridges, roads and pays the salaries of those great teachers you are referring to? The free enterprise system is the only system that creates wealth for people who had none before. Throughout the history of man no other system has proven to motivate lowly immigrants without much more than the clothes on their backs to work hard, lift themselves from poverty and build a new life for themselves and their families.

The American Dream, available to all citizens, is to provide the freedom to own a home, create a life and build a career or a business. The freedoms our forefather fought and died to preserve are based solely on building a life free from government control. Yet this wonderful system that has given our nation so much is now being minimalized by the commander in chief, the leader of the free world, as something that couldn’t exist without government assistance?

At times I have to wonder if this is the same country I was raised in by hard working parents and immigrant grandparents who dreamed for a better life for their children? The same country where the school teachers pushed us to dream big and believe we could be anything we wanted if we were willing to work hard, get a good education, play by the rules, be creative and always remember to give back to those in need?

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