President Obama and even FoxNews.com contributor Sally Kohn have it backwards. Business owners don’t owe credit to government for their success. Government owes us credit for its existence! Government doesn’t enable or empower business owners. We empower government.
Business owners would do just fine without government. But government, government employees, and the “takers” of society -- those who take checks from government -- could not survive without us -- the creators, producers and taxpayers. Simply put, we pay all the bills for government. We're the ones you ought to be thanking.
Let me paint a picture even an economic illiterate can understand. Let’s say you own a restaurant. Who needs whom? Do the patrons of your restaurant need you? No, they could choose any one of 1,000 other restaurants in your city. They could stay home and cook for themselves. Heck, they could even choose to not eat -- most Americans could use a day off from eating.
But you -- the business owner -- could not live without customers. You desperately need their patronage. You need to be nice, genuflect and show gratitude. Without customers, you could not stay in business. Every employee of your restaurant is dependent on customers. Even ignorant leftists and socialists can’t intelligently argue with that.
Now let’s extend that “business model” to government. Government is the business. The taxpayers are the customers -- just like that restaurant example. Government doesn’t survive if we don’t pay the bills. Government is dependent on us...our hard work...our taxes. If we go on strike and stop paying, government goes out of business.
The only difference is that in a free market capitalist society, the customer freely chooses to spend his or her money at the business of their choice. But in the case of government, the customer is limited to only one choice. If government can’t pay the bills, instead of being forced out of business, government just raises taxes and extorts more money (legally, of course).
So why does Obama think we owe him? Why do progressives think we should say thank you? Sure, we need the things that help our society and economy grow -- infrastructure, roads, bridges, traffic lights, police, fire, garbage, sewers, hospitals, airports, schools, and national defense. Though much of that could be handled by private enterprise. But Obama and others miss the crucial point -- we (business owners and taxpayers) paid for that with our taxes. We built it! You owe us a debt of gratitude.
Without our business taxes, Social Security taxes, payroll taxes, workers comp taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes and estate taxes (we even pay you after we're dead), there would be no money for all those things that Obama values. Why would we thank you, for things we paid for? When the customer walks out of the restaurant, or hardware store, or toy store, who thanks who? The business owner thanks us for spending our money in his establishment.
Instead of telling us how much we owe government, the progressive leftists and socialists should be thanking us. Without taxpayers -- especially high income business owners -- you wouldn’t be able to build roads, bridges, highways, schools or airports. Your infrastructure exists because of our hard work. Your schools exist because of rich business owners who pay huge property tax bills. Your Social Security, Medicare, welfare, food stamps and unemployment insurance exist because of business owners paying into the system.
Yes, President Obama, it all exists because business owners do in fact work harder and smarter. And you had better thank God we do it, or you’d be up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
We're not dependent on government. Mr. Obama, every government program, every government employee and every handout addict are dependent on us. If we don't write the checks, you don't get paid. Or do you think money grows on trees?
Like any smart small business owner, government should be treating its customers with honor, respect and gratitude. Mr. Obama, you need to learn to say “please” when you ask for our money and “thank you” after we pay. Learn how to treat customers well -- or they will go away.
Ah, there’s the problem. You believe we can’t go away. But it’s happening right now, before your eyes. In response to the way you have treated customers (i.e. taxpayers and business owners), they are in fact leaving. American business is on strike. That’s why there are no new jobs, and there won’t be until after Election Day on Nov 6. The customers are on strike.
Many are scaling back. Some are going underground rather than work all day like slaves to pay 60% of our earnings to you. Some are retiring, or at least thinking about it seriously. A poll only days ago reported that 83% of doctors are considering retiring because of ObamaCare. So you see, Mr. Obama, the idea of citizens being beholden to you doesn’t work out so well.
And then there’s the big one -- Americans are leaving for places that treat customers better. Even Obama’s rich elite leftist crowd is refusing to pay the higher taxes he wants. One of the co-founders of Facebook renounced his citizenship and left for Singapore -- where the income taxes are more tolerable at 20% or less and the capital gains taxes are zero. Even though he’s a latte-drinking, tree-hugging San Francisco Bay area liberal, he left America rather than pay Obama’s future oppressive taxes.
Denise Rich could possibly be one of the top five Democratic contributors in America over the past 20 years. She is tight with the Clintons. Yet she renounced her citizenship, just days ago. She, too, refuses to pay the massive Obama taxes that are on the way.
So far it’s a trickle of ultra-rich that are leaving. Soon, if Obama is re-elected, it could become a torrent. I personally know hundreds of business owners exploring their options right now, many ready to leave the moment Obama is re-elected.
This is called running a business without any customers. The taxpayers are unhappy. The only ones left will be Obama’s voters -- the takers. But there won’t be anyone left to take from.
And when that happens, Obama will learn an important business lesson -- BANKRUPTCY.
Wayne Allyn Root is capitalist evangelist, entrepreneur, and Libertarian-conservative Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. Wayne's latest book is "The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: Secrets to Protecting Your Family, Your Finances, and Your Freedom." For more, visit his website: www.ROOTforAmerica.com. Follow him on Twitter@WayneRoot.