As a small business owner for over 30 years

As a small business owner for over 30 years, I never got a handout or even a low interest or government guaranteed loan to help me enrich the economy, employ people and create something from nothing. Instead, I signed personal guarantees and secured loans. I’ve employed over a hundred people and paid for their health insurance, overtime and vacations. If we want a culture that encourages people to do the same as I’ve done, then we should provide more of a safety net for people like myself who find themselves in hard times through no fault of their own.

I don’t believe that the government OWES people the things you mention.

This is a very rich country however, and we have the CHOICE of how we can spend our riches. For too long I think, the decision has been to starve real social needs and investment in people, entrepreneurship and infrastructure while we spend unlimited funds on what Eisenhower warned would be the ruination of our country – “the military industrial complex” – this from a man who knew both the military and the government from in insider’s perspective.. It’s a matter of priorities and core values. It’s worth looking up his words. Another not so famous quote is the following:

President Dwight Eisenhower, Republican, uttered these words on November 8, 1954:

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

“Incidentally, I notice that everybody seems to be a great Constitutionalist until his idea of what the Constitution ought to do is violated–then he suddenly becomes very strong for amendments or some peculiar and individualistic interpretation of his own.”