I plead guilty (to being a driven entrepreneur)

Entrepreneurs like me have enabled our crippling nanny state, laments a local businessman

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I am the reason liberals believe their policies and ideas will work in the real world. I am the driven American entrepreneur.

Every time an entrepreneur accepts a directive from the government that will harm his chance of earning a profit, every time a roadblock is put up and the entrepreneur finds a way to adapt and keep moving on, every time a conservative curses the policy of the liberal but still keeps running his business and paying taxes ... he confirms the liberal policy as a logical reality.

Why wouldn't liberals keep pushing their agenda? Why wouldn't they believe their policies work? We make their irrational ideas work for them.

Every time we open our doors in the morning and go to work on the day's business, no matter what the obstacle, we make their policies rational. Every day I press on with my small business and eight employees, I enable them. If my cash flow shrinks, I work harder. If regulations make my job more difficult, I work longer hours. We press on despite smaller margins, proliferating regulations, higher taxes and further vilification by the American left.

You see, liberals are not guilty of destroying this country. I am guilty for accepting their agenda and pushing forward even in the face of more people who choose to produce nothing yet consume everything.

You cannot eat your cake before you take the time to make it or earn the money to buy it. To eat your cake first, you must steal from the efforts of others. Society cannot prosper this way.

Yet, I press on. I produce and I allow the looters to steal from me.

These looters complain that the doors before them are locked and because of this they need help from a central governing body to steal from me and give to them. Those who throw away the key should not complain that the door before them is locked.

Slowly but surely, the dumbing down of education and the passing of unreasonable regulations made it legal and acceptable to steal from the producers and give to the leeches.

Understand, "the key" is education and hard work. If you are not smart enough to open the door before you, you are destined to keep running into it until government gives you an easier way. There is no logic in this. But to many people, logic is an enemy and truth a menace.

People who gave up everything and gave of themselves to create a new beginning built America. It was a chance for all to produce and reap the rewards of their production.

Yet American liberals for decades have acted as apologists for our success, never being proud but rather decayed by some disease that caused them to feel guilt. Still, the producers accepted the New Deal, we accepted welfare, we accepted environmental regulations, we accepted greater and more abusive taxes. Yet we pushed on.

In President Barack Obama's first term, new regulations dropped $70 billion in new costs on top of American businesses (according to a Heritage Foundation analysis). Business owners face challenges not thought of 100 years ago. Example: The Rough and Ready Sawmill, a 91-year-old timber business in Oregon, recently closed its doors forever largely due to the crippling effects of the Endangered Species Act.

Furthermore, new entrepreneurs face greater challenges not heard of in the past. Regulatory rules and procedures promulgated by politicians trump traditional barriers to entry.

So, why do we push on? We want to keep our homes and our cars. We want to keep our children in dance school and Little League. We keep running even though we get a smaller piece of the pie with every step we take.

Why would the left change its thinking? We have never given them reason to.

Why would they accept that they are wrong? We prove them right. They have built the perfect trap.

They allowed us to gain wealth by our production. They allowed our families, the ones we love, to get used to the comfort of our wealth. I could not imagine telling my daughter that she could no longer go to dance school because Daddy quit his business to prove a point.

Long ago, though, this is exactly what we should have done. Instead of capitulating to the whims of governing bodies, we should have resisted as a unified front. Government relies 100 percent on the success of business to survive. The inverse is not true.

It was our ball, our playground, but we tried to play nice with a vampire. In the end, our lifeblood was drained. Once we got used to the spoils of success, the trap was sprung. They started taking it away, our reward for hard work and self-sacrifice, little by little, making it harder to keep up our standards, yet we continue running.

This is why I accept the blame for the downfall of America. I am the American entrepreneur, the guilty one. I make the left ... right.


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