Speaking of Which - Since the Government Didn't Build That, No Taxation Without Representation

Sunday, May 27, 2012
The other day, a popular politician said something to the fact that small businesses are not entitled to take credit for building their businesses because they had so much help from the government, and they were lucky to be born into the land of abundance and this great country. In some regards I understand this line of philosophical debate, but it simply isn't so. Those who run companies, and the great entrepreneurs of our nation have built, brought, or borrowed into existence everything that you see everywhere you go.

In any case this entire debate set off a political firestorm because it brought back hundreds of years of socialist philosophy into the argument. The politician that made these comments was making them to a crowd of union supporters, perhaps lambasting the 1%, which has been a common theme recently. The politician also stated that without the Internet, many businesses could have never succeeded, and that they didn't build that. Well, I'm here to tell you that I built my company before the Internet existed, and although the Internet helped me grow my business faster, it wasn't the government that built it at all.

In fact, the Internet was built by private enterprise. In fact, since it was built by private enterprise and not by government then there shouldn't be any sales tax involved as a recent article the Wall Street Journal stated on August 1, 2012 by Jim DeMint titled "No Internet Taxation without Representation," which also noted a problem with the tax codes for instance "subjecting online retailers to 10,000 tax jurisdictions is a terrible idea," and that is what Internet retailers have to deal with, as each sale coming in comes from a different part of our country, and there are many special tax districts which have different levels of sales tax, even within the same state or county.

Well, all in all, I would like to say this. Although the politicians who are left-leaning socialists would like you to believe that the entrepreneurs of this great nation didn't build all this, they are mistaken. It was entrepreneurial capitalist that built the first railroad, the bridges, the dams, and electrical grid. Government didn't build that, we did, the entrepreneurs of this great country along with all the hard workers who are employed and received paychecks for making it all work.

One thing I've noticed as an entrepreneur is that the government never really helped me build my business, all I can remember is every time I turned around they had their handout for more taxes, more fees, or more regulations to stifle my forward progress. They weren't my friend, they didn't help my business. In fact they were often a nightmare of regulatory nonsense. That's what I'd like you to take away from this article. I'd like you to consider the reality between what is read from a Teleprompter, and what actually happens in a free market economy.

By Lance Winslow