Taking a page from that corporate-bashing class warrior – Elizabeth Warren – Obama says businessowners owe a debt of gratitude to society for their success. You think you got to where you are today because of ingenuity, hard work, and a willingness to dirty your thumbs and get down to business? Pshhh. Your products are shipped all over this country on roads and highways that the rest of us – you know, the unwashed moochers – paid for. Your workers went to schools bought and paid for by the public for twelve years before signing off to slave away and break their backs at your despotic, soul-sucking corporate empire … mannnnnn! (Stop oppressing us with your “hand washing” protocols and rules against spitting in the customers’ food, boss dude, sir!) We probably pitched in for their college loans, too – maybe even picked up the check for the full cost of tuition, through subsidized grants for poor kids and such.
The only reason gangs of thugs didn’t kick down your fences and steal all your factory equipment is because we paid for police protection. For heaven’s sake, without us, jungle children (probably raised by wolves) would hijack the building and force you to fight to the death – most likely in gladiator attire, with harpoons and swords – just to get it back. We pay for firefighters to rush to the scene when your property bursts into flames. We pay for infrastructure, we pay for protection services, we pay for national defense, we pay for education – we, as a society, provide the framework that allows you to prosper. Without us, you’d be hunting lions right now, swinging from vines and cooking your own babies over a campfire just to survive. You’d be nothing to nobody – a worthless excuse for space. Continue reading