No, You Didn’t Build It.
A Thriving Private Sector is the Product of a Strong Government, Not it’s Creator.
Obama knows that the private sector and the government sector should function separately. He also knows that a strong government is NEEDED to foster economic security and private sector growth. None of us built our success alone…it is the product of generations of economic initiatives by our government. It is off the backs of free labor and through privilege that many benefited. It’s how they started their first businesses that provided generations of financial security for their families. That is the American reality…and no one person created it.
We didn’t build it alone and we shouldn’t allow past generations’ barriers to plague today’s students, business owners and entrepreneurs. Everyone should have the same chance and everyone should pay in the same dues.
Obama knows that long-term gains can’t happen with quick fixes and financial bandages. He knows that we need a strong middle class in order to lift up this country. I agree.
Read what he had to say about our path to economic prosperity in this excerpt from a 2009 speech to Congress.
”I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity. For history tells a different story. History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big ideas. In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one coast to another that spurred commerce and industry. From the turmoil of the Industrial Revolution came a system of public high schools that prepared our citizens for a new age. In the wake of war and depression, the GI Bill sent a generation to college and created the largest middle-class in history. And a twilight struggle for freedom led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion of technology that still shapes our world. In each case, government didn’t supplant private enterprise; it catalyzed private enterprise. It created the conditions for thousands of entrepreneurs and new businesses to adapt and to thrive.”
— President Barack Obama
Read the full version here: Address to Joint Session of Congress, Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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