Honey, You Didn’t Build That


Easy enough for even the deliberately obtuse to understand.


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9 Responses to “Honey, You Didn’t Build That”

  1. Guy Says:

    I am a small business man, and have a small one man business, and I find no help but hinderence from the Federal Government, have had to cut my income to meet the taxes of my business, now that is a real benefit to me right!

  2. Larry Jensen Says:

    I own a small business as well. My wife and I built it ourselves.. Government has continually put up barriers to keep us from building that business. The federal government (and state government) have cost our business (and ultimately our customers) tens of thousands of dollars over the past 20 years. It’s a horror story of government bureaucrats following a rule book that is divorced from common sense.

  3. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    Basic economics 101, My spending is your income and your spending is my income.

    Where would your business be without all the retired people having stable incomes that allow them to patronize your business, where would your business be without the interstate hiway system to deliver the goods you need for service or sale.

    Have you ever used SBA loans?, enjoyed legal protection because you followed regulations properly(big in food industry)?, How many of your customers and how much of your income are from the government?, Is your business in a State that gets more money back from the Federal government then it puts in(Such as Utah). Do any of your properties have flood insurance?, Do any of your properties have electrical service? Have you ever received any Federal disaster dollars?

  4. Larry Jensen Says:

    Nice try. With all due respect, that’s not “economics 101″… that’s Marxist Rationalization 101. That logic stream is 180 degrees contrary to the entrepreneurial spirit that caused America to become the most prosperous and free society in the history of the world. Among your list of wayyy too many things government tries to do for us (and does poorly) please add mandating how many toilets we must install and how much water we must use for each flush. A far cry from the intent of James Madison that the powers and responsibilities of the federal government were to be “limited and defined.” That same rationalization has given the federal government permission to spend 16 trillion dollars (so far) more than it has and then kick the repayment down the road to my grandchildren. It’s the same rationalization that killed ancient Rome and now modern Europe.

  5. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    “that’s Marxist Rationalization 101.”

    First it is Keynesian theory, The model which has most accurately described the economy to date.

    Second it is an observation, an easy one to see in fact. How much income would you have without customers? Also it works within a self evident axiom so it fits with Austrian theory as well.

    “entrepreneurial spirit that caused America to become the most prosperous”

    The post office, and the founding fathers passed a nationalized health plan for seamen. They understood that the wheels of commerce require a bit of grease to move freely without friction.

    “please add mandating how many toilets we must install and how much water we must use for each flush.”

    Water is a giant national problem, if we didn’t start mandating conservation efforts years we would currently be in the middle of a crisis, The stuff happening in the mid west is just the beginning. Water rights between Utah and Neveda are going to get much much uglier over the next 10 years, And added pressure to extract more oil and natural gas is going to add to this problem due to fracking.

    They day will come when we have to desalinize water from the ocean and pump it inland, the longer we can put this off the better.

    “It’s the same rationalization that killed ancient Rome and now modern Europe.”

    Europe is tied to something akin to the gold standard, eg the Euro. The governments in Europe have no control over the Euro, they have to recapitalize their own banks rather then sensibly having the central bank do it. They all play little tax shelter games on each other and have a Europe wide problem of tax evasion.

    And they have made things worse by using austerity as a cleaver. Greece has an under 30 unemployment rate of 56%, an unemployment rate on the whole of over 30%. The next round of austerity will increase the unemployment rate another 6%.

    Had Greece been on their own currency they could have devalued the drachma, and avoided the $68 billion Euro recapitalization cost of their banks. Greece could have set their interest rate for bonds to something reasonable instead of the >10% rate they are paying now to the private market.Nor would they have been forced into asset sales during a depression getting tenths of a cent on the dollar, Germany really screwed the pooch on this one.

  6. pops Says:

    Way to miss the point. The economy is a zero-sum game only in the minds of Keynesians, socialists, and Marxists.

    Yes, we need government to do certain things for us, with our consent and as empowered by our delegation of some fraction of our inherent rights to the government. That’s the point of our Constitution, to enumerate those things which we’ve agreed to have the government do on our behalf. You continue to put the cart before the horse.

  7. Richard Warnick Says:

    Obtuse is Republicans refusing to listen to what President Obama actually said.

    There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

    In context, “you didn’t build that” clearly refers to American society and infrastructure that we all contribute to. Try starting a business without it (e.g. in Somalia, the libertarian paradise).

  8. jbtalcott Says:

    Democrats believe in a “We Society” where we all pull together and help one another. Republicans believe in a “Me Society” where it is everyone for themselves.

    Before anyone comes back with the LDS helping others ethic. Let me remind my LDS friends that helping those who look like me, think like me, live by me, act like me, go to the same church as me, have the same values as me is not quite the same.

  9. Pops Says:

    The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats believe in compulsory charity, whereas Republicans believe in voluntary charity. If the government is allowed to compel its citizens to do good, it can also compel them to do evil. When you pick up a stick, you have to pick up both ends of the stick.

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