Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

WASHINGTON, July 18 -

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Madam Speaker, recently I heard Jacqueline, a small business owner in southeast Texas, and hereís what she said:

Business owners who want to succeed put their heart and soul into their business. They are the ones who get there at the crack of dawn and leave after everyone else is long settled in for the night. Iíve been a small business owner, and I know a great many others like me, and nobody did anything for us, we did it for ourselves, and the only thing that the government did for us was tax us.

Apparently, this President disagrees with Jacquelineís statement. According to the administration: ìIf youíve got a business, you didnít build that. Somebody else made that happen.î So the President is inferring, I suspect, that government should get the credit for the success of entrepreneurs. He is wrong, Madam Speaker.

People are the reason for American success ñ not government. Americans have the vision, creativity, and audacity to pursue a dream ñ not the government. Americans risk their life savings, not knowing what profit they will get back in return for their labor. Government doesnít risk anything. Americans spend long days, sleepless nights, and working on weekends away from their family in order to keep their company afloat and pay their employees. Americans battle through discouragement and criticism in the hope for better days ahead. It is Americans who give up their home in order to pay for a store. And itís Americans who pay all those taxes and expensive government regulations that theyíre forced to pay.

Government isnít there when a decision is made to get a business started, to take a leap of faith, make a hire, sell first goods, or tally bills. People pursue their own American Dream without government holding their hand.

Those believers in Big Government say that Americans can only be successful if government controls their lives. Madam Speaker, government isnít the answer; governmentís the problem. America is not great because of government programs. Itís great because of Americans, individuals with the spirit and desire to make their lives and this country better. Government doesnít assume the risk in business, individuals do.

Starting a business is not easy. Business is driven by American ingenuity, creativity and, yes, hard work. Those who have been successful didnít wait around for someone else to help them with a government handout. The reality is that government actually makes it harder to do business now, not easier.

When I ask Texas businesses what Washington can do for them, their answer is always the same: get out of the way. Businesses cannot afford to hire others and give them jobs because of the costly, unnecessary regulations imposed by government.

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