This is a piece of sarcasm written by Jonesboro pastor John Lawrence that was recently read on the Paul Harrell Program. This puts President Obama’s “You didn’t built that.” comments in a whole new light.
Recently the Census Bureau released statistics that showed that over 200,000 small businesses no longer exist due to the state of the economy as it has been from 2008 through 2010. These lost small businesses accounted for nearly the loss of 3 million jobs. In light of this information I’d like to offer words of comfort to the small business entrepreneurs who are facing these difficult times.
Those of you losing small businesses . . . you did not do this on your own. Somewhere along the way you were helped in this situation. Along the way a Congressman or a Senator offered legislation to make it more difficult for you to stay open. You can look back to a leftist College professor who helped foster the current climate where socialism is so popular among many of our elites. You may think it was due to your lack of intelligence and planning that you lost your business – but let me tell you – there are plenty of people who lack these things serving in our current government. You may think it was due to your lack of hard work – or mismanagement of finances that made your business close. But I’m here to tell you that we have an entire legislative and executive branch that is grossly mismanaging our budget (well at least our spending – they have yet to pass a budget this year – or actually last year for that matter). You need to realize you’ve had help in running aground your business – we have a wonderful system of government and a constitution that is being ignored so that we can run aground and bankrupt our nation!
How arrogant can you be to think you alone have caused the loss of your business and your means of making a living! You’ve had help . . . you’ve had an abundance of help! Who knows – maybe we can elect some people soon who will be more selfish about spreading the misery around. Maybe after November you can operate in business without all this help. I know it will be tougher without a government working against small business – but you may just have to get used to it.
John Lawrence is the pastor of Calvary Chapel in Jonesboro, AR