Letter: Entrepreneurs show the way
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I was shocked while reading Don Brunell's column on The Columbian's Aug. 21 column Business page, "Power of free market not lost on Poland," about how Poland is looking to America for guidance as it builds the country's economy.
He had the audacity to accuse the current administration of forcing the United States to follow the path of those countries in Europe as they continue to slide down to economic ruin. Let's face it: We all know that, according to many people, without Washington, D.C.'s guiding hand nothing would get done.
Just think about Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, or Cyrus McCormick. All of these people had the nerve to build, invent, or start businesses that produced jobs, wealth (oops, bad word), and industries that helped millions through the years.
If they were starting out today, they would have to flood the local, state, and federal governments with reams of paper, make sure they backed the right candidate, and not do one iota of harm to any person, living or dead, before they could get permission to proceed.
According to many people, we need this over-regulation to ensure that everything is fair to everyone every time.