reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Not only do I believe self employment and entrepreneurship is the way to go (since that is in fact what I do myself) but it is also the very best way
to get the government off of your back and out of your pocket provided you run a sole proprietorship with no employees.
Thank you, my good friend. You are absolutely right, as usual. Entrepreneurship IS the engine that drives any robust economy, not only in the United
States, but everywhere. Some people forget that even large corporations started at one point from a small seed, one or two people.
As you know, and as many others who know me, know, I worked for a large corporation for almost 25 years, before being forced out by "dumbsizing".
Rather than cry about it, I started my own Consulting business, growing it in a decade to a very flourishing corporation. It was hard, but rewarding
work, and yes, initially, my family and I had to scrape by. Fortunately, we got by that hard time, and after a decade reached the point, where I could
retire and take my "retirement job", a fully tenured professor, teaching full time. I finally retired, after almost forty five years in business,
consulting and teaching.
At no time, did I have to rely on government aid, handouts, or crying. I would not change anything.
Anyone who does not believe that they can do it also, should look in the mirror and question your own beliefs in yourself, your family and your
friends. The only people who truly fail are those who fail to be true to the concept of hard work, sweat, and dedication to succeed.
BTW, my family on both sides, immigrated LEGALLY, started from scratch, and took jobs that no one DID want, but eventually they WORKED their way up
to the "American Dream".
Those who do no wish to go about, via legal means, have NO RIGHT to DEMAND anything, other than a quick trip back to where they came from. Such people
are STEALING from those of us who obey the rule of law and civilization.
[edit on 27-6-2010 by ProfEmeritus]