Working for a living
To the Editor,
President Obama has stated that “none of us can make it on our own without government help.” I find those words offensive and frightening.
I started my own business in 1970, from the ground up, with only my sweat equity to carry me forward. I worked many long and hard hours, with many times not a lot of financial reward, and at much personal sacrifice (it cost me my first marriage). When I retired in 2007, I had 24 employees, with a payroll of more than $1 million annually.
In that time, the government did absolutely nothing to assist me. They were always there, however, to reach out to receive their “fair share” of my earnings.
A letter writer on July 12 said he considered Social Security and Medicare “forms of socialism.” To me, socialism is some sort of handout from the government. I don’t know about him, but I paid for my (and my employees) Social Security, and I also paid (and am still paying) for Medicare. How is that considered a handout?
The writer’s comments would bear proof that he has never met a payroll, or even, apparently, looked over his own pay stub with a discerning eye. When many of us can do no better than to look to some government entity to provide us with a minimum subsistence, we have come to a sorry time indeed.
I chose to follow a different path, and my hope is that there are still an adequate number of us willing to do so that we can change the moral direction of this country. Who’s with me?
Phil E. VanSwoll
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