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  •  I know I'm the new guy, (0+ / 0-)

    but still, your plumber friend is not any more hardworking than the plumbers who provide the labor for "his" business. Does his bumper say "Government didn't build my business - I DID!" or any other clever tea party slogans?

    •  Yes, as a general matter, he is. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk

      They are plumbers.  

      He is a plumber, PLUS he spends the extra hours doing payroll, doing bookkeeping, deciding who to hire and fire, dealing with complaints, keeping inventory, deciding how to make sure he gets enough business to keep all those other plumbers busy (and that's a very important part of the life of any small business owner) --  all sorts of things that come with running a business.  

      The people who work for him, when they are finished fixing sinks, go home.  

      When he's finished fixing sinks, he goes home to that other stuff.  

      That's today.  To GET to the point where he could open his business, he worked as much overtime as he could (when he was working for others) and he and his family "did without" a lot of other things -- meals out, vacations, etc.) so he could use that money to save up to open his own business.  Nobody just throws that into your lap.  He made more sacrifices to get to the point where he could open his own business than somebody with the same skills who just was happy to go to work and go home and let somebody else do all that worry.   That's a choice he made, knowing that his sacrifices earlier would pay off for him later in life if he could manage to have a successful business of his own.  

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