Last week, President Obama visited my town, and I had the honor to cater his campaign event. I’ve built a business around making other people’s events a success. While I appreciate the president’s business, I wanted to make one thing clear: government didn’t build my business. I did.

In 2008, Barack Obama ran on hope and change. He told us he was going to make things better and that we should trust him with our votes. Unfortunately, throughout the past four years, these words turned out to be nothing more than empty promises.

And now, President Obama is saying some funny things. He tells us that Americans are “doing fine” in this economy. He says his plans have “worked.” We’re not seeing it. We’ve got unemployment above 8 percent, with millions of Americans in need of jobs. We’re getting paid less for our work and we’re scraping by to make ends meet.

Now, President Obama is telling the American people, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” There are several things I could call that statement. But instead, let me borrow the words of the president and just say that’s a “cow pie of distortion.”

President Obama seems like a nice guy, but he’s got it all wrong. He simply doesn’t understand what it takes to create jobs. It takes hard work, a little bit of luck and a lot of dedication. If we want to get this economy back on track, we need to encourage small business owners, not demonize them. It’s time we had a president who understood that.

Ross Murty

Co-owner,

Village Corner Deli

Davenport

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