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20 stinking things
friday, january 4th, 2013
the beginning of every new year has always traditionally been a time of optimism, when we all look forward to the exciting events and things which are going to happen over the New Year's next 12 months.
Sadly, there are already a whole bunch of things about 2013, which we know are going to just flat-out
suck "stink". For instance, taxes are going way-up, good paying jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be destroyed, unemployment will continue to rise, the number of Americans living in poverty will continue to soar, our infrastructure will continue to
All liberals, demokkkRATs, progressives & most RINOs think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.
decay and crumble, global food supplies will continue to fail, dwindle and the US National Debt will continue to explode, as we head into national economic collapse. This spending-to-debt ratio just can't be sustained; it's financial suicide.
Our corrupt, criminal politicians continue to pursue the same mentally-ill, insane policies that got us into this mess, and yet they continue to expect things to magically turn around. What's that classical definition of insanity, again?
That simply isn't the way that things work in the real world. Bad decisions always lead to bad outcomes. Instead of realizing that what we are doing is not working, our "leaders" continue to give us more of the same. As a result, there are going to be a lot of things about 2013 that will be disastrous. Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything will be "okay", somehow, isn't going to help anyone. We've got to make people understand exactly what is happening and why it is happening if we ever hope to see real changes.
Here are 20 "stinking things" which are coming very quickly:
#1. Taxes Are Going Way-Up For Everyone,
#2. The Middle Class Being Destroyed By The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT),
#3. The Economy Gets Much, Much Worse By The Month,
#4. All Good Paying Jobs are Being Shipped Out Of The US,
#5. All Small Businesses Are Being Destroyed By Gov't Regulation & Taxation,
#6. Already Widespread Hunger & Poverty Explode To Unprecedented Levels,
#7. The Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Increase Dramatically,
#8. Many More Millions Of Americans Lose Their Unemployment Benefits,
#9. Our National Infrastructure Rots & Decays,
#10. All Of Our Major Cities Are Transformed Into Festering Hellholes,
#11. All State & Local Governments Find Ways To Raise Taxes Even Higher,
#12. Mexican Drug Cartels Continue To Cross Our Border & Murder Americans,
#13. Federal, State & Local Gov'ts Become Oppressively Totalitarian,
#14. Global Food Supplies Dwindle Into Massive Famine,
#15. Wall Street Becomes A Giant Craps Casino,
#16. The US National Debt Crosses $20 Trillion & The Dollar Becomes Worthless,
#17. The United States Collapses In Upon Itself,
#18. All Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT) Read "Error" & The "Takers" Panic,
#19. All Food Stores Empty-Out & Everyone Panics,
#20. Social & Economic Decay Accelerates Into Civil War II.
The problem isn't that taxes are too low; it's that spending is too high. The morons, idiots and cretins in Washington DC, are like alcoholic, crackhead addicts with a shopping bag full of money, a liquor cabinet full of booze and a giant crackpipe, in an unsustained, alcohol-and-drug-fueled binge-fest. They just can't stop spending! They're out-of-control and must either be reigned-in and Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. thrown out of office, or duly-convicted, sentenced, stood against a wall, for treason. Not much short of "replacing" the millions of progressive/socialist/Marxist moron white trash and the feral ghetto thug voters and their corrupt liberal gov'ts, will work, anymore. If a person isn't a property owner and doesn't pay taxes, they shouldn't vote. Their minds are ruined beyond the point of reason and re-education; they simply need to be "permanently removed from the voter rolls", for the overall good of Humanity.
Did I just say that?
The Truth hurts, but it's still the unalterable Truth.
Althought 2013 promises to be a year of unending hell-on-earth, just be glad that 2012 is finally over.
A Day In The Life
I had another very good night's sleep, and woke-up Friday morning at 7:45. After grabbing my bathrobe, turning-up the heat, I made French-Roast, Turkish-Grind Coffee (from whole, freshly-ground Dunkin' Donuts® beans) with my Chemex® Drip System, fresh-squeezed OJ, and scanned the weather and news sites. A ***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*** was already posted for 4am-7pm on Saturday, for another 2-4" of snow. Swell. The monthly forecast for January 2013, looks pretty dry, though. I made Poached Eggs w/ Fresh Hollandaise, cleaned-up and drove over to Dad's at 9:30. We talked, watched some CATV and I did a couple of chores for him, and left at 11:45am. I made the mistake of stopping at Five Guys® for another Bacon Dbl-Cheeseburger & Fries for lunch; delicious and very filling, but I added 2-lbs to my gut. Yikes. After lunch, I helped a neighbor set-up 22 shelves (like the 18 I have) in his garage and basement, until 5pm. He'll do the stocking of them, from the many boxes and food shopping bags which he's accumulated over the past few months. I got back after dark, and decided to go to my Church meeting, from 8-9pm. I got home from that at 9:30, scanned the weather sites to check on the pending storm, and called it a day at 10:30pm.
Sleeping-in until 8:30 on Saturday morning was nice indeed; the day's snowfall was already in progress, with 80% of the snow passing to the northwest of us, and 100% of the rain passing to the southeast of us, and definitely not giving us any of the predicted amounts. 29°F. I made coffee, OJ and Fried Ham Hash, A SSU-Egg & Ancho Catsup. While scanning the weather and news sites, I heard a (((major crash))) and the Condo shook. I thought an ice chunk had fallen from the upper roof to the Sunroom's lower roof, so I checked it first: nothing. Then, I looked back at the front storm door's tempered glass insert, and it was smeared with blood, and the entire right-side was dislodged from the door's frame. A large bird had flown into it, and snapped-in-half 2 of the 4 R/S insert-frame clips, holding it in-place. No sign of the bird anywhere, so I spent 15-20 mins cleaning-up the mess, and re-securing the glass door. Wow, what a bloody mess. I'll have to get all new storm door clips, at Home Depot®, on Sunday or Monday.
At 12:30pm, it was still snowing hard. We'd already gotten 3-4", so I decided to stay inside, grill-up an Allen Bros® Fillet Mignon, had a great Sliced Steak Sandwich w/ Sautéed Onions & Fries, while listening to some missed Michael Berry Podcasts (183 pgs!). I finally shoveled and salted the brick sidewalk and driveway, at 4pm after it stopped snowing. Still no sign of the poor bird who slammed into my front storm door. With temps staying around 30°F, nothing was melting. I finalized my Sunday 7am Weis Market food shopping, Staples CDs purchase for Dad's and my Win-7® Pro System Image and Recovery Disc job I'm going to do, the Home Depot® or Lowe's® stop for new storm door clips, checked my unit's System Back-Up Settings for the morning, and closed-down at 9:30pm. With the New Year Holiday on Monday Eve/Tuesday, it'd be a light week, and I could get caught-up on some projects for myself that I'd shelved over the past 3-4 weeks.
The alarm woke me at 5:45am on Sunday. It was snowing lightly, 22°F outside, so after turning-up the heat, I made coffee, OJ and a quick breakfast of Garlic Grits & Eggs, got ready and left at 7:30 to pick-up my week's mail, and go to Weis Market®, to do some food shopping. Snow squalls were moving thru the York area, and the light snowfall continued. I got finished with an unusually-long shopping list, in about 25 mins, and the Jeep's Cargo Bay was filled with bags. I was back home by 9am, unpacked, left the Jeep® in the driveway, as I had some garage re-arranging to do, and needed to go to either Home Depot and Lowe's for the storm door clips. Home Depot was out of them, and Lowe's had only the aluminum clips, not white, but I bought them anyway. Back at 12:30pm, I made Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy for lunch, worked on the garage re-organization and put the Jeep away. Tonight would be around 12°F outside, and well-below zero w/ Wind Chill. I had a huge pile of mail and bills to go thru, sort-out and "age for payment", and did some of tomorrow's laundry. I listened to missed Bob Durgin Podcasts until 9pm.
I slept-in until 7:15am on Monday, New Year's Eve Day, turned-up the Condo's heat, had a leisurely breakfast of OJ, coffee and Soft-Boiled Eggs w/ Toast in a bowl, while scanning the weather and news websites. Another bitter cold week ahead, snow squalls, but nothing huge on the horizon. Yet I saw a massive storm, covering 10-12 states, headed right for us from the west/southwest, and the weather idiots are preducting a "flurry or two"! MORONS! I stripped the bed, did another load of laundry, and while it was washing, left at 10am, for Home Depot®, Staples®, the nearby DIY carwash. Back by 1pm, I made Grilled Cheese & Bacon w/ Fries and a bowl of Vegetable Beef Soup. It was 31°F and snow squalls were moving thru the area, again. I replaced all the front/rear storm door tempered glass insert clips, downloaded firmware/software upgrades for my HP DVD-RAM GH60L unit, listened to a selected load of "Best Of" Talk Radio Shows, called Dad to wish him a "Happy New Year", and called it a day at 10pm. No, I rarely stay-up anymore for the midnight fireworks crap, unless I'm out with Family or Friends. I decided to sleep-in tomorrow, and then drive over to Dad's for a visit, since the stores would be closed and all roads would be deserted, until 2-3pm.
Getting-up at 7:15am on Tuesday/ New Year's Day, to a "balmy" 37°F, I turned-up the heat, made some Del Monte® Mandarin Oranges, Cheerios w/ Red Raspberries and coffee. Lots of coffee. After logging-on to the news and weather sites, I checked my "to-do list" for the day, and got ready to go to Dad's to visit, check his computer for the CD/DVD-RW System Image/Data Rescue Disc capability, and along with my unit's DVD-RW, get what we needed tomorrow at Staples®, to get these emergency recovery discs done. Dad had the requisite DVD-RWs, and after reformatting them, I made his recovery disk in >10mins; I also took a spare DVD-RW home and made one for myself. After Crunchy Tacos w/Guacamole & Salsa and Deviled Eggs for lunch, I spent the afternoon finishing-up the last "Condo chores", working on the Condo Budget, planning my next 3 days' trips/errands/Jeep service app't, and listening to Michael Berry Podcasts, until 9:30pm. Temps had finally dropped to 30°F. Time for sleep.
Once again, I was up at 6:30am on Wednesday, to a bitter cold (17°F) morning. cranked-up the heat, made OJ, coffee and just had some Buttered Toast; I just wasn't jungry. My computer had locked-up on "shutdown" all night, and I had to restart in the "Safe Mode", do some analytics and troubleshooting, and restart it. Good thing I have a recent (12/30/12) Back-Up on the WD® "My Book" 2Tb External Drive, and an even more recent (1/1/13) Recovery Disk. But they weren't needed. I cleaned-up the dishes, took the garbage out to the curb, and left at 9:15am. I stopped at the GC&N Complex to check lightbulbs/water pipes/security, and went down to Rite Aid, to p/u some Rxs, in Stewartstown. After running into numerous friends and former customers, I headed home around 12:30pm. I keep a meticulous "log" of all Rxs, for year-end health insurance insurance reconciliation, and tax purposes, so I spent time recording those 5 purchases, while listening to another substitute for "Rush". (((sigh)))On the morning's trip, I noticed that gas prices at-the-pump had risen an additional 14¢ since Friday 12/21: Unleaded Regular (87 oct) is now up to $3.49/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is now at $3.59/gal, Premium (93 oct) is at $3.79/gal, with Diesel Fuel/Kerosene now back to $4.09/gal, at most stations, in the York (PA) area.
Yes, Microsoft: your disastrous Win-8 piece-of-shit sucks a bag of horsecrap! And so do you, for foisting tat piece-of-garbage on everyone using Win-7 Pro and Win-XP Pro. Shove it, Redmond assholes! I'll stay with Win-7 Pro (have 3 OEM copies) or even Win-XP Pro (have 2 OEM copies), and if I ever need to buy another PC machine, I will reformat/delete Win-8 from it, and install one of the other OSs.
Stacey from S&D Automotive called at 4:30pm, and we changed my Jeep's service appointment from tomorrow to next Wednesday, at 9am. They're swamped with work – that's a good thing! – and I can easily accommodate the change. I listened to podcasts on several Talk Radio Shows, and finally called it a day at 9:30pm.
I woke-up at 8am on Thursday, to an 18°F day, turned-up the (nat gas) furnace, made OJ and coffee, skipped breakfast and checked the weather and news sites. Another very cold day, on tap. I had some bills to get to the PO, as they were due next week, p/u some pressed shirts at the cleaners, and wanted to get some fresh air after staying inside for the past couple of days. All that accomplished by 11:45am, I grilled 2 Bone-In Broiled Allen Bros 10oz Filet Mignons; one for a Sliced Steak Sandwich & Fries, for today's lunch, and one for tomorrow. Rush was back from vacation, so I listened until 3pm, while I did "computer paperwork", took down the few Christmas decorations on the Condo and Jeep.
Whatever you do, don't open that Naked Bikini Screensaver Email; not even the Italian one! It's got a Trojan (no; not one of those) hidden in the *.zip file, which'll infect your computer. Two sent to me already in junk email, but Norton 360 zapped each one, quickly. BTW, I don't open garbage like that, anyway.
Warmer weather was on the way, according to forecasts, but snow was at least 1-2 weeks away. I like snow; I hate ice/sleet. I needed to order a couple of White Cube Tables, to match my existing Condo units, so I spent a while looking thru various sites' many offerings and options, here, and here, and here. Mark Levin was also back from vacation, so I listened to his show, until 9pm. Tomorrow starts a new week here in the "Journal", and it'll be a busier week than the past one's been. I miss "The Jazz" of things happening, non-stop.
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].
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
FUB∅, you asshole!