It was at a campaign even last Friday (July 13) that President Obama let his true feelings about small business be known. In his speech, Obama said, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.” “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
If you are an owner operator or small fleet / large fleet owner, stop right here and think about that – according to the President, it is NOT your hard work, money, and initiative that made your business possible, it’s the government. WOW!
Many of you have already heard the comments, and there are some out there that defend the President suggesting he was simply saying that it’s because of government programs that individual imitative leads to success. Well, I take issue with that. Government only exists because of the personal initiative of our Founding Fathers. It’s the taxes government collects from those who are successful that allows government to exist.
For trucking, not that he was addressing trucking specifically, Obama said, “Somebody invested in roads and bridges.” Does he forget that it’s the fuel taxes, tolls, license fees, and other taxes from individuals and corporations that pay for those roads and bridges?
Interestingly, on July 11, FMCSA Deputy Administrator William Bronrott testified before the House Committee on Small Business. In his remarks, Bronrott comments on how the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program is impacting small business. He commented on how cognizant the Administration is of needing to minimize the impact on small businesses – but why does he care, if as Obama suggests, government is the source of all things good?
Whether it’s the large trucking carriers like JB Hunt, Swift, or others that were started by individuals, or the many small fleets and owner operators (FMCSA’s database indicates 85% of registered carriers have 5 or fewer units), Obama wants you to send him a thank you letter and more money to fund the government.
From my perspective, it’s time for this administration to move out so we can get new leaders who value the American way of life, which includes recognizing the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit that helped found this country. It’s NOT the government that founded the entrepreneurial spirit.