Local business owners object strongly to Pres. Obama’s comments that somebody else built their businesses
ROCKWALL – Many small business owners in largely Republican Rockwall County are upset and strongly object to Pres. Obama’s comments last week that somebody else actually built their businesses.
In case you missed it, he told a Roanoke VA audience: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
What his campaign spokespeople say was simply an attempt to point out the importance of working together has fired up business owners across America and the Rockwall area who say what he was really doing was promoting big government and socialism.
The President seemed to be taking a page out of the playbook of Massachusetts Democrat US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren who upset business owners last August when she said, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.”
“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”
Heath dentist Dr. Robyn Abramczyk (above left), who owns Smile Ranch Family Dentistry, at 6700 Horizon Rd. near SH549, said she disagrees with what Brown and Pres. Obama said. She told TheRockwallNews.com that the road in front of her practice did not build her business; her business helped pay for the roads and bridges.
“I view Barrack Obama’s comment on small business owners as a personal insult,” she said. “However, I am not surprised at his statement based on his history of intentional class warfare.”
“Dental school was no cake-walk, especially as a single mother and sole custodian of my son. The hard work, which I find satisfying and rewarding, continued when I opened my practice. My accomplishments were due to the sweat from my brow (and prayers from my mom), not bureaucrats in Washington D.C. The road in front of my practice did not build this business, but my business helped pay for roads and bridges.”
She added that she is handling her responsibilities without the aid of the government.
“My experience as a small business owner is probably no different than any other. I get up and go into work a little earlier, stay a little later and miss a few of my son’s games. I am not only a business owner, I am also a doctor. These responsibilities alone are challenging and I am doing them without the aid of the government. When I leave my practice, the work does not end, the phone calls do not stop and the mind continues contemplation.”
“I feel such a sense of gratitude and respect for the men and women who shed sacred blood to protect my freedoms and provide opportunities for me and other Americans. God bless America!”
Horizon Auto Center owner Ken Sterling (above right) says he doesn’t recall any branch of government having helped him to grow his business and keep people employed at 5335 Horizon Rd., just southeast of Rockwall Presbyterian Hospital.
“I don’t recall Obama being here when we work till midnight to get a customer’s car fixed,he said. “I don’t recall any of his Czars being here when we are working on Saturday to help meet a customer’s need for a working car. I don’t recall his name on my check book when I write checks to keep a dozen people employed, or pay our vendors. I don’t recall him being here to help make capital investments in our operation from my pocket, and I definitely don’t recall him helping with all the taxes and fees we have to pay routinely.”
So other than my hard-working employees, my wife, and the loyal customers we have gathered over the last 12 years, I don’t know who else helps us grow this business and keep people employed – certainly not any branch of government.”
He added that the best thing he thinks government can do is get out of the way of resourceful and driven business people.
“Leaders from businesses, large and small, will tell the truth that the government is the problem, not any part of the solution, unless you have a President like Ronald Reagan. He understood the best thing government can do is to get out of the way of resourceful and driven business people.”
Sterling explained that he worries that our “overreaching” government is now attacking us worse than foreign countries.
“This president has shown his colors many times leading us to a socialistic society. The problem with Socialism, as Margaret Thatcher pointed out, is you quickly run out of other people’s money to spend. Obama’s answer, so far, is to continue to kill the goose which lays the Golden Egg: American businesses. With the assistance of a harmful and complicit Federal Reserve, which has printed more than 7 trillion dollars in secret, is to continue to rob my grandchildren of the America in which I grew up.”
“My parents were Southern Share-Croppers. I told my kids that anyone with drive, who is willing to work hard, can be a success in America. They are now having to tell their kids that we have to be on constant guard against an overreaching government attacking us in a manner worse than any foreign state could do.”
The owner of the only AAA-recommended auto repair shop in Rockwall explained that he believes Obama wants to replace self-reliance with “government determinism.”
Barack Obama, is the best example yet of a leader who wants to make us forget our past and rewrite our history, where private citizens built our great economic system,” he said. “He wants to raise generations of “give me” children.”
“With the help of many government programs, private and public unions, and a long list of special interest groups, he is doing that. He wants to replace “self reliance” with Orwellian ‘government determinism.’ Business people are now enemies of the state more so than illegal aliens and fundamentalist terrorism.”
A number of other local small business owners also wanted to express their objections to Pres. Obama’s comments. A lack of time prevented us from quoting them today.
By J.J. Smith