Friday, March 20, 2009

A Very Dangerous Comment

Friday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports President Obama as saying in regards to entrepreneurship: "Show us that your idea or your company is best suited to meet America's challenges, and we will give you the chance to prove it(...)"

Sorry, Mr. President, but that is not how it works. Entrepreneurs DON'T NEED the approval of government. They certainly DON'T NEED to show "...that your idea or company is best suited to meet America's challenges...". And above all, the government is not the one that is the gateway to deciding who will have a "...chance to prove it...". You see Mr. President, in this country we all have what is sadly becoming an antiquated concept: Freedom. We can go out and start a hundred companies with incredibly stupid ideas and fail at each one of them and no government agency can say yes or no to that. Entrepreneurs don't have to go hat-in-hand to some bureaucrat to convince that bureaucrat that the idea is " suited to meet America's challenges...". If said entrepreneur thinks that it is, he/she can go balls to the wall to make a stab at success. That is the American way. We don't have the freedom to be successful. We have the freedom of opportunity.

Sadly, it seems that the current administration is trying to change the traditional concept of freedom of opportunity where by one is free to take his/her idea to the marketplace to be judged by the customer, to a more restrictive freedom of petitioning a bureaucrat for approval of your idea and then government sponsors it in the marketplace. The latter concept is very, very dangerous. It is a flame capable of starting a conflagration of all of our liberties.

And it is becoming more obvious each day that this administration wants exactly that.

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