President Obama said that if you built a successful business, you really "didn't build that." His disciple, D.N.C. Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, stated (paraphrased): "You built a factory? Great! But the rest of us paid for the roads... etc., etc.... so your business can operate!"
Does Shultz believe the factory owner paid no taxes for the infrastructure? Each member of "one of us" likely paid something for the roads; they lead to places other than the factory. Most likely, the factory was built near an existing road.
Obama demonstrates disrespect for job creators. He's opposed full development of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create jobs, lower fuel prices and increase energy independence. He pushed the "Buffett Rule," which would have discouraged job-creating investment. Contrary to promises, unemployment has exceeded 8% for three and a half years. It's scary.
While lecturing job creators, he's adored by Hollywood. George Clooney has raised fortunes for him; but will George get you a job?
Regarding jobs, letters appeared earlier on the new Shell Plant, to be built near Monaca (Beaver County, Southwestern Pennsylvania).
Capitalizing on the Marcellus Natural Gas boom, the plant will extract compounds from the gas. Plastics will be created, as well as materials for clothing and carpets.
Shell will get a big tax break as an incentive. This is not taken from the state treasury.
Fair? Yes, because...
1. Shell bought East Resources, also in Beaver County, for $4.7 billion. This provides 185 jobs.
2. Governor Corbett had to compete with Governor Kasich (Ohio) and Governor Tomblin (West Virginia) for the plant.
3. Shell expects up to 10,000 workers involved in building the plant and several hundred full-time workers. Numerous businesses will furnish supplies and services.
4. All aforementioned jobs will pay local and state income taxes. The resulting stronger tax base will enable school districts and municipalities to increase employment.
In my 39 years of teaching, I knew a few colleagues who overlooked the value of a vibrant private sector.
5. Transportation includes nearby major highways, the Ohio River, and railroads. The nearby rail-yard at Conway is a railfan's dream.
It's time for certain politicians to develop a much greater respect for job creators.
Terry D. Hollock