This piece is sort of a natural follow-on to yesterday’s post – all the “Deep Thoiughts” about man’s relationship to government, and the different philosophies liberals and conservatives bring to the table on the subject.
But first, a brief digression.
I don’t normally rebroadcast other peoples’ ads – but this one was just too good not to pick up and run with, just a little bit.
It’s a riff on President Obama’s “You didn’t do it” scold to entrepreneurs and, by extension, really anyone outside government:
Nope, nobody paid me to rujn it. Although they sure could.
Of course, this sentiment is pandemic on the left. Yesterday Jim Schowalter, Mark Dayton’s budget director, was at a meeting in Thief River Falls with, among other people, the CEO of Digi-Key. You may not have heard of it – it’s a privately-owned billion-dollar company based out of Thief River Falls that is one of the biggest success stories and major employers in northwestern Minnesota. The company started in the CEO’s apartment forty-odd years ago – guy didn’t even have a garage at the time – and grew into a billion-dollar operation employing thousands (I have family in the area, so I hear things).
And, according to a report from the scene, Schowalter told the CEO that without government, he could never have done it
The theory among lefties is that without all the “infraastructure” government “provides”, entrepreneurs would be huddled in caves, helpless, banging rocks together to try to get fire. It’s only through the nurturing hand of government that any human activity is possible.
But once government – at some level – has dealt with banditry, brigandry, barratry, piracy and piracy, really, you’re into the mundanities of laws, roads and regulations. And when those are the subjects…:
- What? Government wants a cookie for doing what it was set up to do, and for which generations of people before the entrepreneur paid taxes – sometimes grossly overpaid in taxes – to get?
- By the way, where do people suggest the money to build that “infrastructure” came from? Brought down from heaven on the backs of unicorns? No – people, entrepreneurs and company guys and executives and high school kids working at Tastee Freez and trust fund billionaires alike – had it taken out of their paychecks.
So yeah, government – good job and all, “providing” things that I and millions like me paid you to do. Isn’t that like me going to my boss and saying “thank me for the design I handed off, on top of paying me to do it?”
By the way – try as I may, I can not find a single reference to this episode anywhere in the mainstream media.