Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Governor Ritter and the left slapped down by Amazon; A fight for the American soul…

There seems to be a constant assault against individual accountability for the collective. Every story has an underlying premise that the government has a role in everything we do. Whether it is taking care of our health, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the stores we shop in, the way we speak, government has something to say about it. And in many cases they are passing laws to influence our personal behavior. It is unhealthy and un-American.

The president attacks profit as if profits are immoral. I have news for the president, if there are no profits there are no jobs. That is how our system works, and if he thinks we are all going to go to work for the good of the “collective” he is wrong. All you have to do is look inside your soul or read your history books. The world is littered with collective experiments that have failed.

Governor Bill Ritter issued a statement that he was disappointed in Amazon’s decision to stop doing business with associate partners in Colorado after he imposed a tax on doing business in our state. Amazon wrote:

“There is a right way for Colorado to pursue its revenue goals, but this new law is a wrong way. As we repeatedly communicated to Colorado legislators, including those who sponsored and supported the new law, we are not opposed to collecting sales tax within a constitutionally-permissible system applied even-handedly. The US Supreme Court has defined what would be constitutional, and if Colorado would repeal the current law or follow the constitutional approach to collection, we would welcome the opportunity to reinstate Colorado-based Associates."

This is not a surprise for those of us in the business world. This is how it works. Amazon is not in business to balance the budget of Colorado, they are in it for the profits of their shareholders. Many of the shareholders are people with 401K’s that have invested for the profits to fund their retirements. If there is a better and cheaper way to do business, business will pursue it. By trying to take money from business at every corner we are losing the soul of American entrepreneurship.

We need to remember why we are the wealthiest, most compassionate nation in the world; because we have created wealth by nurturing the soul of individuals. When we succeed as individuals through hard work we are more likely to share our wealth with others. We hate and despise when people take from us without our permission. Most of us believe that is stealing. The government has an insatiable appetite for our individual wealth and there is no end in sight. When will enough be enough?

For Governor Ritter and the left, there can never be enough because they are convinced that the collective is more worthy than the individual. They are wrong and that is why in 2010 there will be a reset of principles in this state and the nation. The American people paying the bills want their labor to be protected from an out of control feeding frenzy from all levels of government. And they will get that by choosing the right candidates.

Candidates with an American soul…

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