That's right you and me.
To any rational person who can for a moment put their ideological blinders aside, the truth in what both Elizabeth Warren and President Obama alluded to is perfectly clear and reasonable. There's nothing evil, demeaning, or socialist to be found in there either.
They do not discredit the sacrifice, vision, luck, or hard work put forth by any successful business owner. Far from it. At every opportunity to discuss this topic, they bend over backward to celebrate the ingenuity and spirit of American entrepreneurship. To deny this is willful ignorance of the facts.
Obama and Warren rightfully view America as the incubator of success that it is. And like the incubator that provides the safety, warmth, and supportive environment for struggling infants, so provide our nation's citizens, our nation's society and culture, and yes, even our nation's governance.
Yes, we know you also "paid your taxes", but your contribution in the form of taxes would be woefully insufficient to pay for the infrastructure that delivers your customers to you. Or your products. Or for the development of the energy, financial, and telecommunication infrastructure upon which your business depends.
Further, the money your customers spend in your establishment is equally reliant on the same incubator. Their livelihoods are protected by the same public safety and regulatory safeguards agreed to and implemented by even more of us. They spend the benefits of our society in your business just as you spend yours, in paying your employees, and in buying goods and services from others to operate your business. In other words, aside from being your incubator, our society is also the Maternity Ward; it also provides the incubators for all of your customers, your employees, and your business partners.
In the past few months, virtually every instance of a "small business" ideologue performing an Obama Derangement Syndrome skit on the local news channel reciting the "I built this, so suck it Obama" mantra has been immediately and resoundingly shown to have been connected in numerous and incontrovertible ways to the shared contributions of our society and governance, if not directly to societal transfers in the form of subsidies, government contracts, or direct business loans from public sources.
Yes, it's hard to build a successful business. Even in this incubator we've all built together. And those that succeed deserve a great deal of the credit. Just not all of it.