The Nanny State, Cradle-To-Grave


friday, february 15th, 2013

the definition of "vunables" – new word in the lexicon – is "people who abuse government programs, such as welfare, fake disability, bogus medical, food and other hardgoods, which in turn makes them more vulnerable, more miserable and who wantonly drain public sources for the useless, worthless garbage, like themselves." Fits perfectly.

I see them every day. From shopping centers to convenience store, from big box stores to mom-n-pop shops; the innumerable lowlifes, welfare queens, dirtbags, mack daddys, scumsuckers, ghetto dwellers, bottom-feeders, drug thugs et al, come in all shapes, sizes and stripes. It's daunting some days, since I don't go downtown, except when necessary, and the "vunables" are everywhere, in their Cadillac Escalades, gold chains, tats, gold grilles, leather and fur, flashing EBT cards at the check-out counters, arguing with cashiers about "their right" to buy liquor, lobster, cigarettes, potato chips, candy et al, instead of using the cards for what they were originally intended: sustenance, and social welfare.

But with annual "cost-of-living" increases far beyond what is seen in normal, working peoples' paychecks, the balance is tilted against those supporting the system vs those using and milking the system.

With over 47% of the country's population on some sort of welfare, the social back-up system, viewed as a whole, is simply collapsing under its own weight of abuse and fraud.

Now, don't take what I said, the wrong way. Those government programs are there for a good and intended purpose. But when fraudulently abused, and adopted by so many as a way of life, it's wrong.

As soon as people get into those social welfare programs, they give-up all liberty and freedom of choice. The gov't quickly owns their asses. They buckle-under to the Food Nazis, and suddenly, the Gun Control Nazis spring-up. Then, we're all in the same sinking, Marxist, socialist boat, together. And it's sinking. That kind of rising tide doesn't raise all boats; it overwhelms them and sinks them all, together.

Pay attention, America.

A Day In The Life

Friday was a good day to sleep-in; I did until almost 8am. I turned-up the heat, got some OJ, made coffee, and opened the Condo's front door to check the weather, and saw that my neighbor had drunkenly backed into his front garage wall and collapsed it, last night. Ouch; that's gonna leave a mark. Heh. I made Eggs Benedict Florentine w/ Home Fries for breakfast, and within 2hrs, a repairman appeared to shore-up the neighbor's sagging brick wall, before beginning some repairs. I drove to the local DIY car wash, cleaned-up the Jeep and did some errands. At 22°F, I decided to put it back in the garage for the day, so the doors didn't freeze shut, and kept working on sorting/organizing my paperwork for 2012 taxes. (Happy 100th Birthday, Income Tax penalty!) I needed to visit some of my investments' websites online, and download their year-end tax forms, for my CPA. After a large plate of PA Dutch Chicken Pot Pie for lunch, and with Rush on from 12-3, Chris Plante Show Podcasts on until 6, and Mark Levin on until 9pm, I had plenty of background noise to work over. Temps had dropped to 18°F, and snow was forecast for tomorrow evening and Super Bowl XLVII (47), on Sunday. Time to call it quits, and get some shut-eye.

On the morning's ride, I noticed that gas prices at-the-pump had risen 10¢ since last Friday (2/1): 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 rising to $4.09/gal, at most stations, in the York (PA) area.

13°F, cloudy and heavy frost, at 6:30am on Saturday. After some OJ and coffee, I checked the weather and news sites, and snow was forecast for the afternoon/tonite and tomorrow. My email is still spotty, as is my FTP, since last week's CommieCast outage on Wednesday evening; the Net connection is still lightening-fast. I drove over to Dad's at 9:30, helped him with some new QuickBooks

Pro 2013 and TurboTax 2013 software installs, and was back home by 12noon. It started snowing just after 3pm; 23°F. I wiped-out the email account, re-set it, and now it works fine. After a Bacon Cheeseburger for lunch, I worked on tax papers, listened to some Chris Plante Show Podcasts, Michael Berry Show Podcasts, for background noise, as I went thru other cross-indexed corporate and personal files, to seek out receipts for deductions. By 10pm, I'd had enough, my eyeballs were rolling opposite direction in the sockets, and I felt like a cat chasing a laser beam, on the kitchen floor. So I place-marked it all for tomorrow and Monday. I shut down and went up to bed at 10:30pm. Still snowing lightly.

All told, we probably got ¾"-1" of light, powdery snow; no biggie. 17°F. But I decided to sleep-in on Sunday, and go food shopping on Monday or Tuesday, in-between laundry, "Condo chores" and working on tax prep. After OJ, coffee and Breakfast at 8:30, I walked over to the CHCA community mailbox to get the week's mail, and decided to stay-in for the day. After a couple more hours of going thru 2012 files, I was close to 90% finished with sorting/re-organizing things for the income tax preparers. Heh; I spent way too much time playing games on this site: 10+10+10=30 about 90% of the time, even with changing sights. I had some delicious Steel-Cut Oatmeal w/ Bananna, for lunch. Wowser; that filled-me-up for the rest of the day. I'll be switching to this for breakfast, as well as Grits and Cream of Wheat, and dumping cold cereal, from now on. For the first time in years, I actually

watched the entire 2nd half of Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers, starting with the 2nd half kick-off: 109yds kick-off return by Ravens, Wow! The stadium power outage and a 36 minute delay. Suddenly, Ravens 28 to SF 23, in 3rd Qtr. Ravens lost their "Big Mo" and SF began catching-up, quickly. 4th Qtr, Ravens 34 to SF 31, on more TDs and an intentional safety. 10:25pm EST, and I'm fading. FINAL 34-31, Baltimore Ravens, at 10:47pm EST. Time for sleep. Busy day tomorrow.

Up at 7:30, on Monday, to 17°F and frost, I made OJ, coffee and skipped breakfast. Loads of laundry, change bed linens, got ready to go food shopping, and start the back-up process for my computer, which somehow skipped (I overslept) yesterday's 7am scheduled Back-Up/Restore schedule. I left at 9:30 for Weis Markets, in East York. Another snowstorm was approaching from the west/southwest, with forecasts for only 1" or so, up here, while MD-DC would get hit harder. We had a veritable "heat wave" at 32°F. I was thru the market, made another stop and home within 2hrs, kept the laundry loads moving along and made a Grilled Cheese w/Ham Sandwich & Potato Salad, for lunch. After a short walk around the neighborhood, I spent the rest of the day finishing-up laundry and chores, until the Mark Levin Show came on from 6-9pm, and wrapped-up my end of the income tax paperwork; now it goes to my CPA. Hey, I'm getting a refund. Time to sleep. Cleaning ladies will be coming late in the morning, so I can sleep until 8 or so. Waiting for the snow.

Here's what's coming to replace HD, which I don't have: 4K Red Ray, which is 4x better resolution than HD. I heard about one which was 190" wide, and 144" tall. Above my pay grade, now, or ever. I'm still playing w/ analog units, although my CommieCast CATV/CM is full digital HD, and I

can't receive it unless I invest big-$ in new hardware. Or how about one of these, for your backyard entertainment area? Sweet, but no thanks.

I slept-in until 8:30 on Tuesday morning, had Del Monte® Red Grapefruit Sections, coffee and Eggs Benedict Florentine w/ Home Fries, for breakfast. After gathering-up my income tax paperwork from the dining room table/my "desk", so that the 2 cleaning ladies could do their work, I got ready to leave upon their arrival, after they finished morning work at Dad's house. By 11:45, I'd driven to Giant Foods and Weis Markets to pick-up some things for Dad and myself, and stopped to visit with him. It was snowing lightly, despite the 35°F, but not sticking. I skipped an early lunch, and began working on cleaning my 1978 Rolex GMT Master, which keeps perfect time, but just hasn't been cleaned (exterior) or tuned-up (works) in 8-10 years. Once again, I listened to the Mark Levin Show came on from 6-9pm, in background, but the watch took me until 1:30pm to fully-clean, reassemble and test. I need sleep, bigtime.

On the morning's trip, I again noticed that gas prices at-the-pump had risen another 6¢ since Sunday (2/3): Unleaded Regular (87 oct) is now up to $3.55/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is now at $3.65/gal, Premium (93 oct) is at $3.85/gal, with Diesel Fuel/Kerosene rising to $4.16/gal, at most stations, in the York (PA) area.

We got ½-¾" of snow overnight, so when I looked-out the early morning windows, I just went back to sleep until 8:30, on Wednesday morning. After OJ, coffee and Cream of Wheat w/ Keller's Butter, I made a list of people to get scheduled and projects to-do, based on my realtor's email, last night, confirming the Friday, April 26th auction of my now-closed business/property. 34°F and snowing furiously; squalls moving thru the York area. I went out for a drive

and just enjoyed the snow, since it wouldn't last long. It didn't. A major blizzard is forecast for New England, by the weekend, and it looks as though we'll just get some rain; fine by me. What's a blizzard, anyway? I made a sliced steak sandwich w/ fries, for lunch. Temps began dropping quickly just after dark, now at 5:30. I found a large 4ft x 2½ft x 2¾ft wicker hamper, which I used for many years for storage in the LR; when I opened it at 9:30pm on Wednesday, it was full of long-forgotten "treasures". I dragged it into the garage for a "tomorrow project", when I back the Jeep out, have some room and a chance to work on it, and will thoroughly clean and re-evaluate continued usage, in its in 1978 pristine condition. With the Mark Levin Show on in background, until 9, I made progress until 10:30pm, and shut-it-all-down for the night.

The Microsoft Surface Pro w/ Windows 8, is total dogshit. Stay with what you have, and Win-7 Pro/ Win-XP Pro, if you're using it. MS f•cks-up bigtime, this time. I tried it at a local Staples, and it was crap. My sister just bought a new HP laptop with it, and I tried to change her mind, but lost the argument. I won't touch it when it breaks, and it will. Win-8 is junk.

23°F and very foggy when I got-up at 7am on Thursday, I couldn't get warmed-up. Even bundled-up in my über-warm Turkish Bathrobe, drinking steaming-hot coffee, Condo temp turned-up to 77°F, I made Eggs Mornay w/ Sausage, and finally stopped shivering. While scanning the weather and news sites, I noticed that there were ***WINTER BLIZZARD ADVISORY WARNINGS*** all over points east and northeast of York, PA. The two massive regional storms were converging on the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast, and people were running around buying milk, bread, eggs and TP. Don't ask me why, but they do that around here; the convenience stores are most likely cleaned-out. We'd only be getting 1-2" from it, at most, tonite and tomorrow, and that wouldn't last long with warmer, sunnier weather coming on Saturday & Sunday. I watched many hours of missed, past episodes of CBS' "Blue Bloods", Season 3, until around 10pm. Tomorrow starts a new week, here in the "Journal", and I've got to get a plumber in soon, to help me with an upstairs bathroom shower-flow problem, so the coming week will be centered around that situation, if I can't fix it myself. At $75/hr ($125/hr on weekends), I chose the wrong profession, a long time ago. Heh.

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.

∅bummer voter

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,

Europe is on the verge of insolvency and collapse, no thanks in great part to Germany, teetering-and-tottering Asia and South America will quickly-follow, then comes the downfall of Canada, and The USA won't be far behind, in late 2012 and into 2013. Watch this video; be sure you're sitting-down, and don't have any food or liquid in your mouth upon which to choke.

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,

dangerous and short-lived CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs). Better stock-up NOW on 60w, 75w and 100w incandescents, where and when you can find them, before they become unavailable and illegal!

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

national emergency centers otherwise known as FEMA Camp Facilities on military installations. Some more detail on "Rex 84", right here, written by, very disappointingly, USMC Lt Col Oliver North.

"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 live near a "terrorism hot-spot"? Check the map. Here's DHS' recently-issued "White Paper (*.PDF)" on it, from 1970-2008, published by the University of Maryland.

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.

Are you worried and prepared for the coming paradigm shift? How's your preparation work coming along?

The end of the dollar is coming; are you prepared for it? Here's a guide to a few canned foods.

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 Part 1: Preparing For Disaster. And here's Part 2: Preparing For Disaster. Have you ever thought about what happens to Security During A Breakdown?

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.

After Hurricane Sandy, is there any doubt in your mind that you ought to be "prepping" for disasters, before everything is stripped from the stores' shelves? Does this look familiar to you?

If you were in an area heavily-affected by Sandy, you might have seen some looters running rampant. IMO, they should be shot on sight, not arrested. KILL ALL OF THE LOOTERS!

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, " 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

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