Critics have jumped on President Obama's statement that entrepreneurs don't achieve their successes on their own; rather, they benefit from the support of a social structure and infrastructure that make business-building possible. But consider how the critics would respond to a somewhat different phrasing that probably has been expressed by other elected officials and perhaps Obama as well.
Suppose a candidate said that entrepreneurs don't achieve their successes on their own but benefit from the good grace of God. Would business owners be offended by the suggestion that their achievements are the result of more than their own inventiveness, resourcefulness and hard work? I've always appreciated the fact that a Sabbath day of rest reminds us that the world goes on even when we are not working, that we are not responsible for all the good that comes to us.
To be sure, there are two parts to the critique of Obama. On one hand, it is said, he doesn't give sufficient credit to creators of companies. On the other hand, he gives too much credit to government. My alternative phrasing gives credit to God rather than government, and many business owners may feel that they get more help from God than they do from government. Indeed, they may see government as more of a hindrance than a helper. But it's worth remembering that God can put us through tribulations too, as America's farmers are finding this year.