Small Business owners are fuming over comments that the government is responsible for their business success rather than them. Of course the government contributes to the overall good of the nation including defense, infrastructure, basic research, etc. But it is incorrect to say that small businesses are not responsible for their own success. Of course small businesses are formed when people have ideas, when they risk their own capital, when they innovate, when they demonstrate passion. People who never have worked in the private sector don’t always understand what it takes to create jobs and to create new businesses. We need to do a better job throughout our education system of teach economics and business so people have a better understanding. Businesses are built by people, not government.
— Steve Odland