I read a letter to the editor that Republicans are blocking job growth. It really shows a great ignorance on behalf of the author of how jobs are created, and I’m sure represents a larger portion of our public that believes government can create anything.

I read a letter to the editor that Republicans are blocking job growth. It really shows a great ignorance on behalf of the author of how jobs are created, and I’m sure represents a larger portion of our public that believes government can create anything.

I have been a lifelong entrepreneur and have been self-supporting since 1989. My credentials are that I currently own four small businesses, and I have established, bought and sold several companies since that time. Any time I hear a politician claim they have created any job it is so offensive to me.

Government does not create any job and has never created a job that produces real revenue. Every job the government creates is a job that exists only from money confiscated from the productive effort of others. To believe differently shows ignorance or disingenuousness of the person making that statement. I do not understand why government does not pass laws that allow full competition between health-care companies over state lines, which costs government (i.e. the taxpayer) nothing.

Yet, politicians contend to do things that cost trillions of dollars that enslave our citizenry for years with debt. But no one ever claimed that government was smart. I am still PO’d that our local Blue Springs government decided to spend an extra $64,000 more than needed, claiming “the people expected the services.” I like Mayor Ross and Kent Edmonson is a friend of mine, yet I can’t express my outrage at that action. Government is too big, on all levels.

I attended Rep. Sam Graves small business conference last month. I heard from a state representative who talked about Missouri’s budget process, how the state’s representatives are basing the budget on projections that are unrealistic. That doesn’t bother me as much as to why they insist on budgeting every perceived dollar they think will come into the coffers. Have they never heard of a rainy day fund or cushion against revenue shortfalls? Quite frankly, this type of governing should be illegal and punishable by imprisonment. Watch out – it may come about one day by referendum. God only knows you wouldn’t restrain yourselves.

If I were to ask a question, I wonder how many in our local, state and federal government officials could answer without looking it up. The question is simple. “How many people who would be counted as earning below the poverty line today would be there 20 years from now?” The answer is 3 percent. So, the argument government puts forth is that we need to take care of the poor and presumes and expresses that everyone who is poor today is just as poor tomorrow.

Let me ask some other questions. “If you knew that only 3 percent of the population remains poor for their entire life, would you support the same programs that support the poor?” Knowing this, do you feel lied to by your politicians? What makes you think we shouldn’t struggle in life? Really, I hate struggle just as much as the next fellow, yet I know that it is struggle that makes me work harder, makes me a better person because success is a poor teacher.