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“You didn't build that”

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a phrase from an election campaign speech delivered by President Barack Obama on July 13, 2012, in Roanoke, Vir-ginia. The president's remark was made in the context of his belief that wealthy citi-zens should pay higher taxes to serve the public good. Wake up America! They al-ready pay a higher tax rate. How can a col-lege graduate, school teacher turned politician make a comment about building something?

In a democracy, citizens aren’t forced to pay additional taxes or shamed or pun-ished for their success. Some business successes are due to unique moments in history such as war or the passing of a new law. Government often advances the suc-cess of businesses by passing laws that favor one corporation over another. Apple, Google, FaceBook, Microsoft, Ford, and countless businesses were created by citi-zens and not from government programs.

There are millions of dollars given in grants and donations by successful corporations and private citizens that go unnoticed and aren’t made public. There are millions of dollars given to politicians from success in-dividuals and corporations. Political contri-butions should be taxable to the candidate. Why should politicians receive FREE money? There are countless people that build successful businesses from their hard

work; businesses passed from one genera-tion to the next. The United States is losing its wealth of human spirit, intelligence and hope of a better future. An annual balanced budget should be the next Constitutional Amendment. The govern-ment can certainly build that.

New businesses should be encour-aged to build a bigger tax base. Success in life and business starts with a thought and often a prayer that turns into a vision, that develops into something real. People choose to accept the offerings of a busi-ness. People create wealth between each other. Is the government trying to influence the thoughts and freedom of its citizens’ choices? Government can crush thoughts of hope and belief in oneself. Political ad-ministrations often want control over situa-tions and citizens to carry out personal agendas.

States and cities should have a balanced budget before receiving federal funds. Nothing is FREE. Someone is paying for it. “Sign the bill so you can find out what’s in it” can easily be applied to “You voted for the President twice, now you will see what he is really about.” President Obama is trying to build his legacy as the greatest reform President in U.S. history by creating balance through the redistribution of wealth in America.

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