friday, february 1st, 2013
one of the "mandatories" contained in the gun-hating, America-reviling, US Sen Dianne Feinstein (MORON-CA) "Assault Weapons Ban" Bill (SB 150), is that everyone must now pass a "background check", to purchase any firearm. That is the law now, except for private sales, gifts or inheritances, and there's no way to regulate them. All gun shows require background checks on handgun sales. Rifles and shotguns do not have that requirement; it's never been required for "long guns". Class III Weapons are in a whole different matter. The new "AWB" (SB 150) wants to mandate background checks and paperwork for every firearm sold, which leads to a National Registry Database. Take a wild guess what that leads to?
Firearm registration quickly led to confiscation in Australia, and that's not working-out so well.
Truth be told, pResident Bathhouse Barry ∅bummer (RACIST-IL) couldn't pass a basic background check for either a firearm, driver's license, Concealed Carry Permit, or a simple job.
Hate & Contempt for America
His official, long form birth certificate (LFBC) records – SEALED.
His Indonesian grade school and religious training records – SEALED.
His Occidental College records – SEALED.
His Columbia College records – SEALED.
His Harvard College records – SEALED.
His College thesis – SEALED.
His Harvard Law Review notes, records and articles – SEALED.
His Indonesian adoption records – SEALED.
His passport file – SEALED.
His medical records – UNAVAILABLE.
His baptism records – UNAVAILABLE.
His papers from his service in the Illinois legislature – UNAVAILABLE.
His Illinois State Bar Association records – UNAVAILABLE.
The long form birth certificate (LFBC) that the White House released is fake, created by PhotoShop, and has been publicly exposed.Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.
The Social Security Number (SSN) he has used was issued to someone else. He couldn't pass a simple E-Verify test. The first three numbers of his Social Security ID are reserved for applicants with Connecticut addresses, 040-049. The number was issued between 1977 and 1979. ∅bummer's earliest employment reportedly was in 1975 at a Baskin-Robbins in Oahu, Hawaii.
Many of the "facts" he cited in "his" two memoirs have turned out to be outright lies; particularly as regards his birth father, an alcoholic, drug-addict, racist, women-beating citizen of Kenya, at the time of his birth.
Fake & Fraud!
A job applicant with ∅bummer's paper trail would not even pass the smell test, but this man was elected and reelected. The role of journalism is to vet the credentials of anyone running for public office, let alone the highest office in the land. Instead, he has been protected against all inquiries and those making them have been called "birthers", or simply ignored.
Need documented proof? Right here.
∅bummer so routinely lies that keeping track of them would require a team of full-time archivists.
In August 2009 he said, "I have not said I was a single-payer supporter", but in June 2003, as an Illinois state senator, he said, "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care system".Witnessing the corrupt Republicans and the criminal Democrats bicker over the US Debt, is like rearranging the deck furniture, on the Titanic.
In March 2006, he said "Leadership means the buck stops here... I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit". He is now into his second political battle to raise the debt limit. In July 2011, he said, "It is not acceptable for us not to raise the debt ceiling and to allow the US government to default".
In response to a 1996 questionnaire he said, "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages", but in November 2008 he said, "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage."
He spent his first term blaming the nation's economic ills on his predecessor, George W. Bush, saying in July 2008, that "he added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion in debt that we are going to have to pay back. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic." Today, the debt stands at more than $16 trillion because ∅bummer added more to the debt than all previous presidents combined. For the first time in US history, our credit rating was reduced and rating services are warning they will reduce it again.The US has become a place where talentless entertainers, treasonous politicians, porn performers, criminal pro-athletes, liberal idiots/morons/traitors and lying journalists, are sadly-mistaken for people of importance.
He has a record of using executive orders and actions to bypass the constitutional powers and duties of Congress. His most recent effort was 23 such orders regarding gun control at the same time Americans are buying guns as fast as they can, fearing the loss of the right to own and bear arms. This is the same shit-for-brains pResident who just signed a law granting him and his family lifetime Secret Service protection.
He used "executive privilege" to cover-up his and his AG Holder's criminal involvement in the "Fast and Furious" scandal, in which guns were allowed to be purchased and transported for use by Mexican drug cartel members. Thousands of Mexicans and 3 American Border Patrol Agents have been murdered.
He lied about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that slaughtered a US ambassador, a CIA Agent & 2 US Navy SEALs, and encouraged members of his staff to spread the lie that it was "spontaneous" and the result of a video, produce 10 months previously, and which no one had even seen. And still hasn't.
He, the criminal demokkkRAT party and corrupt SCOTUS' Chief RINO Justice John Roberts, imposed "∅bummerCare" on the nation, and its passage is already undermining the provision of America's world class healthcare services, driving-up the astronomical cost of health insurance, and causing physicians and the providers of testing and other services, to leave the profession and close their doors, by the tens-of-thousands.If you think health care's expensive now, just wait until it's free.
He no longer can blame President Bush, so now he blames the Republican Party that has offered solutions to the nation's economic crisis that has worsened every day he has been in office. His foreign policy has consisted of apologizing for America and standing aside while one nation after another in the Middle East and northern Africa has fallen under the control of subhuman, murderous piece-of-shit islamist garbage. He is doing nothing to avoid the sequestration cuts that would destroy our national defense structure, and a huge range of other government functions.
How's all that working out for blacks in America?
∅bummer has repeatedly lied to us, from day one in 2008, and continues to do so. Congress has failed us, for the past 50-60 years, and continues to do so.
It has taken four years for a case challenging his right to hold office, to wind its way thru the torturous legal route, and the US Supreme Court has finally scheduled a "conference" in February that might decide to ignore a current case.
How is it you need a background check to own a gun, but not to run a country?
Bathhouse Barry ∅bummer should never have been elected in 2008, nor ever re-elected in 2012. As a lone voice in the Conservative Wilderness, I ranted & raved about his ineligibility and non-history, as far back as late 2007. America didn't listen, and is now has a truly brain-damaged 52%, for voting for the liar and fraud, both times.
Thanks, idiots; we'll all get the hell that you voted for.
A Day In The Life
I was up at 5:45am on Friday, to a really bitter 11°F/-2°F Wind Chill, grabbed my Turkish Bathrobe, turned-up the Condo's heat to 77°F, checked email, scanned the weather and news sites. There was a large, fast-moving snowstorm approaching from the west/southwest, and was due to hit us in the afternoon with 1-3". I left at 8:45 to head south for my meeting and some errands. Those all done, I headed home at 12:30pm, as it began snowing. It was a mini-blizzard, for the next 7 hours. I had some Crab Cakes (fried in delicious, clarified Duck Fat) and Deviled Eggs for lunch, wrote-out checks for upcoming bills – no, I don't do online bill paying – and enjoyed the snowfall. Dad called at 4:45pm, and told me that a nearby bank had been robbed, and the robber ran by his home and into the woods, pursued by the police and two K9 dogs. I can't find any follow-up articles, at the moment, will post them if I do. I listened to the Mark Levin Show from 6-9pm, and called a
Don't ever trust a digital copier machine! It's got a hard drive that stores 20,000+ documents. Everything you've ever copied (Xeroxed) is stored on it, and all your personal and private data is readily and easily available to whomever buys it, after the old unit is "traded-in"! Watch the video clip and hear where they wind-up, in bulk, after being warehoused from trade-ins. Dad and I have our own business/personal HP copiers; have since 1991.
Sleeping-in until 7:30 on Saturday morning, I got the Condo warmed-up, and it was just another cloudy, bitter-cold day. I had a quick coffee, some OJ and Breakfast, I left to get some errands done and visit Dad. With a high for the day of only 26°F/14°F Wind Chill, some of the snow melted on the macadam streets and roads, but would quickly refreeze tonite at >15°F. I got home just after 12noon, made a Turkey Club w/ Fries and Celery & Potato Soup for lunch, and made-up my 7am food shopping list. I'd bought some hard-to-find Wood Preen® Liquid Floor Wax (amazing stuff), but first worked on cleaning the cracks between the boards in the front hallway, and washing the hallway's wood floors with several buckets of warm water and white vinegar;
My body clock "alarm" went-off at 5:15am on Sunday, telling me to get ready for the 7am food shopping trip. It was a bitter 9°F/2°F Wind Chill, and after warming-up the Condo, I made coffee, OJ and skipped breakfast. As I scanned the new and weather sites, I noticed a ***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*** posted for tomorrow morning thru the day, for a major ice/sleet/snow storm barreling this way from the Midwest. That sucks; I hate ice. The weekly Win-7 Pro Back-Up/Restore was ready-to-go at 7am. I left for Weis Market at 7:15. I was thru, except for a few things I put-off until next week, at 8:30 and headed home. The temp had dropped to just 7°F/-3°F Wind Chill, so I unpacked and decided to stay-in for the day. I had some gunsafe re-organization and floor board crack cleaning I could work on, and there wasn't really a reason to go out. By 8pm, I'd tuned into
And freezing rain/ice, we got. By 6am, everything was encased in a shimmering layer, and I'm betting the morning commute sucked, for millions, as the ***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*** was in effect, for most of the day. I turned-up the heat, and went back to sleep until 7:30. After coffee, red raspberries, a bananna, and Breakfast, I worked on organizing my 2012 tax return receipts folder, and printed-out the 3pg questionnaire from my CPA. Dad has a package of tax papers from John Shelley's Garden Center & Nursery, Inc. Sub-S Corp, for me to take along, to be included on my personal return. I think I made it just above the "minimum federal poverty level for a single person", last year. LOL. 2013's going to an interesting year, especially if we take the property/buildings to auction in April. That'll be a huge loss, and we might not do it. Dad and I will decided after the Thursday 9am meeting, with our realtor and the auctioneer, and after we talk to our corporate CPA and Atty. I broke for lunch, and made a double, open-face Roast Beef Sandwich, in thick, rich, brown beef gravy w/ Fries, and a Chef's Salad. That's it for food for the day; I need to drop 25-27lbs. Gotta get out for some walks, as soon as it gets above 20°F. While working on some "Journal" graphic format changes, I listened to last week's missed 9-12 EST morning Mon-Fri Chris Plante Podcasts. Hilarious, as usual! Rush was on from 12-3 EST, and then I went back to CP's Podcasts,
Uh-oh, copiers also leave secret "yellow dots" on your color pages, which betrays a lot of information to those who can decipher them. Watch this and follow the pages thru their site. Nice, huh?
For some unexplained reason, I woke-up at 4am on Tuesday, and couldn't get back to sleep, to save my life. After making OJ and a lot of coffee, I had some Soft-Boiled Eggs w/ Toast in a bowl, scanned the weather and news
I slept-in until 8am on Wednesday, got-up to another warm, 66°F day and massive t-storm bearing down on us. All of the weather sites had the obligatory ***AREAL FLOOD ADVISORY*** (WTF?) posted, but being on high ground, I ignored them. I had coffee, grapefruit slices and a bowl of Grits w/ Butter & Sea Salt, for breakfast. While sorting thru income tax receipts and papers, I listened to the Chris Plante Show, from 9-12noon, and then to Rush,
The skies opened-up at 3pm, and it looked like the inside of a commercial car wash, outside. It was over in 15 minutes, as the gutters overflowed and storm drains backed-up from the deluge. Heh. Then, around 5:30pm, we had some intermittent power outages and blips; nothing major. I had to reset the 3 digital clocks, but no biggie. By 6, I'd settled-in and listened to the Mark Levin Show until 9pm. At 9:15pm, the whole Comcast/ xfinity Cable System took a dump, and wouldn't be back until tomorrow. Time for bed.
Up at 6am (actually 5am) on Thursday, with my wrongly-set alarm (set 1hr fast last night after power blips), I went back to sleep until 6:30. It was 49°F outside, but dropping fast: dropped 18°F in 2hrs. A massive cold front (it's Winter!) was following the t-storms, and snow showers were forecast. After coffee and Breakfast, I left at 8am to do a couple of errands, and then go to the 9am meeting with Dad, our realtor and the auctioneer. We reached our conclusions (auction the 20ac property on Sat, April 27th) and were finished by 10:15, and I left for Stewartstown to p/u some Rxs at Rite Aid, and then go home by 12:30pm. I continued working on sorting/categorizing 2012's tax return papers, until 6pm. It's staying lighter, later, as go into Spring and head back to DST (Sunday, Mar 10th, 2am). Temps had dropped from the mid-40s in the morning, into the upper-20s, and snow squalls were passing thru. My FTP software capability crapped-out, probably due to the CommieCast outage last night, and I couldn't restore it or upload the "Journal" files to my server. Okay, I fixed with with a Cable Modem/ Router/ computer reboot. Something was "clogging-up the pipe". Heh.
By 7pm, temps had dropped to 29°F and it was snowing. I listened to a few missed podcasts, and called it a day, at 10pm. Tomorrow starts a new week, here in the "Journal", and I've got to keep after these damned income tax paperwork, so I can get it all to my CPA. Blech.
You Own It, demokkkRATs!
ongratulations to the asswipe demokkkRATs, irrelevant "Free Shit!" minorities and stupid young people on the Truly-Shitty Economy you've created and inherited. You now own it 100%, and you can't blame Bush, anymore. Bathhouse Barry ∅bummer did it all by himself. You voted for it, dumbassed idiots. Time to suffer with the rest of us, as your actions have dire consequences for the entire country. Nice going, low-information voter morons.
The next terrorist attack, you own it.
Can't get a job after graduation, you own it.
Sky-rocketing energy prices due to ∅bummer's corrupt EPA shutting down the energy producing states, you own it.
A nuclear Iran, you own it.
Bowing to Russia, you own it.
Another severe recession, you own it.
A volatile border with Mexico, you own it.
Trouble getting good health care, you own it.
Higher health insurance costs and health care costs, you own it.
No budget, you own it.
Our allies mistrust us, you own it.
Another trillion-plus of debt, you own it.
More Benghazi Massacre situations, you own it.
No one willing to join the military, you own it.
Trouble getting a loan to buy a home, you own it.
More dependency on food stamps, you own it.
Trouble finding good employment, you own it.
Several part time jobs instead of one good job, you own it.
A One-World Government, you own it.
The UN governing the United States, instead of us governing ourselves, you own it.
A Senate that will not bring any legislation to the table, even if it is "Dead On Arrival", you own it.
China controlling our world trade, trampling all over us, you own it.
Loss of our freedoms as we have known them in the past, you own it.
A dictatorship, instead of a democracy that follows the Constitution, you own it.
Less take home pay and higher living costs, you own it.
Driving a car that looks like a child's toy, you own it.
Unending islamic shitfilth wars in the Middle East and Africa, you own it.
More government corruption and lies, you own it.
More toleration of extreme, fanatical and subhuman islamo-nazi fascist filth, you own it.
Terrorist attacks called "workplace violence incidents", you own it.
Your "revenge" instead of love of country, you own it.
President George W Bush is out of it now, and there is not another good man for you to villify and lie about.
Shit-for-brains, ∅bummer-asshole is a liar, traitor, racist, muslim, coward, bathhouse fag and doper, can't take responsibility for the damage he's inflicted upon America. It's 100% his fault. Prove me wrong, anyone!
In a way, I am relieved that another good man will not be blamed when it becomes impossible to clean-up this mess that YOU voted for. Yes, moronic ∅bummer-asshole idiots: YOU!
Your TSHTF Survival
Are you truly ready for when, not if, TSHTF (The Shit Hits The Fan). And a lot of my "Journal" Readers have emailed and called me to discuss what preparations they should take for that "coming awful event". Believe me, "it" IS coming. Based upon what's happening around the world and here in the US, I have a terrible, terrible *gut feeling* that TSWHTF (The Shit Will Hit The Fan), sometime in late-2012 or in early-2013. Don't ask why; I just do.
First, Israel is preparing for war, after being attacked for years on many fronts, and not fighting back as she should have. This war will truly have "Biblical implications" around the world. The Middle East is rapidly-collapsing under the subhuman, murderous muslim/islamic riots (muslim Brotherhood) and rule ("arab Spring"), with world crude oil prices projected to hit $200+/bbl, or even higher into the $300-$400 range,
Just Google "survival" and see what comes-up. Damned-near everything you ever wanted to know how to prepare for this for-sure-coming "hellish holocaust", some of it in easy-to-download *.PDF format. Tens-of-thousands of websites are devoted to the topic of "survival". Do the same with "You Tube", and watch the thousands of videos. This is *NOT The Phony Y2K Crappola*; this is for real. I said numerous times that Y2K was a waste of time and money to prepare for, and that came true. I'm reading that "survival stores" are reporting a huge upswing in sales and preparations, and for good reason.
I'm also one of the very, very few who "predicted a 9-11 type event", 2 years and 8 months before it happened. Read down that "Journal" entry to the "Scary Stuff" section, and it was done by the subhuman, murderous muslim/islamic shit/filth/trash, NOT the US Gov't as some morons and idiots (Alex Jones & Co), have and still It's interesting you mention when an old paradigm dies and a new one takes its place. There are people who are still connected to the old one and can't conceive of life without that old paradigm. I think you saw that in the Great Depression. A lot of people never recovered from it because once that hit it was the end of their lives. claim. Need I say more about those certifiable and murderous, subhuman muslim/islamist wackos who are determined to kill all of us Proud Infidels?
Am I an "conspiracy alarmist" or one of those "crazed survivalists", sequestered in a Montana, Idaho, Utah or Wyoming compound or bunker? Not hardly; I'm simply in mid-State Pennsylvania, an Eagle Scout, Class of November 23rd, 1963 – youngest ever Eagle Scout in American History, at 12 years old – Order Of The Arrow/ Vigil Honor, and our BSA Motto was then, and still is now, "Be Prepared". Need I say any more?
Forget all of the "buy gold and silver" bullshit commercials; buy "brass and lead" for your guns. They're a far, far superior investment, IMO. Ammo is truly a "fungible" item; gold & silver aren't at all. They may be "intrinsic", but they're utterly-useless in a collapsing/collapsed society or world. Do the requisite research, as I've done. 'Nuff said on that subject.
BTW, how are you stocked-up for incandescent light bulbs? Within 4 weeks, manufacturing and using 100w incandescent will become "a crime", thanks to stupid-assed, liberal moron chimp, shit-for-brains, George W Bush & Co, in 2007. You'll be forced, under penalty-of-law, to use the very expensive,
This government's ***CRIMINALLY NUTS***, in trying to regulate our use of anything and everything! It's fascism, socialism, Leninism and communism, dammit, and it won't stand! Where is that in The US Constitution? The US Government isn't empowered to force us to do or buy anything, and has overstepped its legal authority in The ENUMERATED Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause is quite specifically an enumerated power listed in the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). The Contemporary Commerce Clause debate, When "decided by the SCOTUS in the Summer of 2012", will cause CWIII, if upheld. Stockpile NOW, because TSHTF before/during/after the November General Election!
Gold is NOT the way to go; lead and brass (aka ammo) ARE. Mark my words!
TSHTF this or next year, and members of the corrupt, criminal US Congress are helping racist, commie, lowlife scumbag Barry "Fuck America!" Obama (SAMBO-IL), by either collaborating with him or cowering before him, on his You are going to see, in metro areas, the absolute worst in humanity, as the people that are most dependent upon a collectivist system, whether they're these Occupy Well Street people, or people who are loaded up with debt, they are totally unprepared for an economic reality where their paradigm does not function. As a result they're going to go through the absolute most disgusting inhumanity that I think any American has ever seen as they go through this anger phase – and it's going to result in riots, and starvation and bloodshed. It has to happen. You don't have people's life savings disappear and people become desperate, and not have that happen. coming "Race War" plan.
We are *at war with Iran*; no doubt about it. Get used to it. And shit-for-brains, racist, commie, lowlife scumbag Barry "F•ck America!" Obama (TRAITOR-IL) has politely "asked" for our formerly Top Secret RQ-170 Sentinel Drone "to be returned". What a dumbf•ck Obama is! He should be charged, tried and imprisoned for *treason*, IMO.
I've been saying, for the past 2-3 years, that no one should buy any gold or silver; it's worthless crap if TSHTF (The Shit Hits The Fan). Instead, buy guns and ammo; they're a far, far better investment, IMO. Any questions?
Uh-oh, it's beginning to happen in Europe. Better get ready for it to come over here, soon, as The Fed f•cks America, once again. Time to abolish The Fed and its corrupt, criminal influence on America's economy!
Here's a very useful List of Barter Items, for when TSHTF. Get and stockpile those and more, if you know what's good for you and your family! Think I'm kidding? Better read this and think VERY carefully about it.
With the FBI already considering many US Citizens as "sovereign citizen extremists", are you ready for "Rex 84" & The FEMA Camps? A new bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives called the National Emergency Centers Act or HR 645. This bill if passed into law will direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish
"Economic chaos" ahead? You betcha. Are you and your family ready for it? It IS coming, at out current rate of out-of-control government spending.
Before TSHTF, here are 20 Lessons From The Streets of Cairo. Worth reading, if you plan to survive.
And before TSHTF, here are Innumerable Lessons From The Collapse of Bosnia, in 1992. Also worth reading, if you plan to survive.
Do you know what an "EMP Attack" is? Now you do. *When* it happens, not *if*, we're all f•cked, unless we're prepared to live in the early-1800s. That's why I write this stuff.
Are you ready for Obama's (TRAITOR-IL) "October Surprise"?
What about access to land and fresh water? Right here's an article to address those concerns.
Looks like a "race war" is coming, thanks to the hate-filled nigga race-pimps Jackson, Sharpton, Farrakan and New Black Pampers®, and time is growing shorter and shorter before TSHTF.
Don't let the possibility of DHS watching your every move deter you in preparing for TSHTF; do it regardless. Your and your Family's safety & survival always comes first. Beware of what your neighbors will do if you're prepared and they're not.
State and local resistance to the detention provisions contained in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues to grow, rapidly-emerging as a nationwide movement against the illegal and unconstitutional Federal Jack-Booted-Thugs' powers.
America is already being turned into a giant prison camp, and 90% of Americans either go along with it or don't see it happening. I do.
When prepping, always plan your survival purchases first on paper; buy them afterward.
Here's another good preparedness/precious metals website, 321 Gold. No, I don't believe in gold & silver, for what's coming. I believe in *lead & brass*/*food & water* for that situation; the other stuff comes much, much later.
Here's a new "warning" about a solar-based EMP event. If it happens, TSHTF.
If Iran attacks America's infrastructure, we've got major problems. Are you prepped and ready for it, when it happens?
Are you on a tight budget, in a apartment of small house? Try these link resources.
What happens to a non-Prepper? Read it at your own edification.
Good, solid Prepping information and related links? Right here.
Canned, excellent quality meats for long-term storage and use? Right here.
Shhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone about your "prepping" activities. Keep it quiet, and read this.
Here are the 5 Warning Signs that America is in decline.
What if you're a "Beginning Prepper"?
Ever wonder what "the new normal" might look like? Read it, in chapters. Prepped yet?
What are the 5 symptoms of SHTF happening?
The US is headed for a "fiscal cliff"? Gosh, all of the articles posted at the link in this section, have been saying that for many months. And the "geniuses" in DC are just figuring that out? Well, slap me silly!
Did you know that when the trucks stop, it's over?
Here's "The A-to-Z List" of what you'll need to survive. It's daunting, but you may already have much of it, in-house and not realize it.
There's a new Preparedness Manual, available in *.pdf form, right here. Get it, please.
In case you missed it, here's the "Granddaddy" of Preparedness Manuals.
And here's yet another (condensed) Preparedness List, to compare against the previous two lists, just so you don't miss anything important.
Here are "120 powerful pieces of advice for preppers", to read and take-to-heart.
What happens in the first 12 hours, after the US Dollar fails?
Watch The Day the World Ended [Part 1 of 2].
Watch The Day the World Ended [Part 2 of 2].
Is your city a gang-infested hellhole, yet? It will be, all too soon.
Here are an easy 25 DIY Weekend Preparedness Projects, for anyone wanting to be a little more prepared at the end of the day.
How much food storage do you have?
Obama: "Entrepreneurs Don't Build Businesses"
"Last week, President Barack Obama delivered some telling remarks to a fire station full of people in Roanoke, Virgina. I'll save you the trouble of reading the (long and uninspired) speech and provide you with the most interesting part:
"If you've got a business – you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." – President Barack Obama, July 13th, 2012.
It would be easy to respond with something along the lines of, "Somebody else made that happen? Who? Who magically imagined the product or service, started the business, built it up, and created the jobs? Who was it? The tooth fairy?" And to some extent, President Obama's statement is so ridiculous as to merit that sort of quick, flippant response.
(Here's the video of that loony remark.)
However, he's not entirely wrong. This reminds me of an argument that Massachusetts Senate Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren would probably make. If he's talking about a mid-sized or large business, where an entrepreneur has hired additional employees, then at that point the business's success isn't purely that of its founder.
Employees add value to a business through work and ideas. That's why you hire employees, after all. Steve Jobs didn't invent every last detail of the phones, computers, and tablets to come out of Apple over the last decade. There were engineers working on those products who developed them. So, employees help entrepreneurs to build their business. "Somebody else" did indeed play a part in making that happen.
But what makes the president's remarks so inane is the totality of what he's saying. He's not saying that entrepreneurs and employees work together to build a business. It's not a collaborative effort. It's all thanks to the employees. Usually, I can understand the way the president's mind works on most issues by examining it through a pragmatic, liberal, or progressive framework. This one baffles me.
As I explained, I can see that he has some of a point, but he's still just obviously wrong on the broader point. Sure, the employees help to build the business, but the business itself wouldn't exist without the entrepreneur. So, to say to entrepreneurs and to business owners, "...you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen," is just wrong. It's silly. They did build that by setting the foundation for the business.
Entrepreneurs are almost always the hardest workers in their business. They work a simply insane number of hours to get their idea off the ground. If they succeed (and they face a tremendous risk if they don't), then they'll start to grow and to hire employees to help. Honestly, if I were an entrepreneur and I read those remarks by the president, I would be furious. It's a tremendous insult to the true job-creators in America, entrepreneurs.
In the context of a long, somewhat rambling campaign speech that touched on every issue under the sun, it may seem as though I'm over-exaggerating the importance of a minor thing he said. But President Obama isn't a stupid man, or even one who makes off-the-cuff remarks he doesn't really mean. He's a very smart man, and he meant what he said.
When the most important issues for most Americans are economic growth and job creation, I believe it's essential to know exactly where both candidates stand on the importance of entrepreneurs. Yesterday, we learned that President Obama believes that entrepreneurs don't build businesses. Ultimately, they're irrelevant. Take that for what you will." ©Principles and Policy, July 14, 2012