When I began the company, it was just me. So by definition, I certainly started it myself. I didn’t get money from a bank or from an investor. I started the company with the confidence that made me willing to risk a year’s worth of savings, even if I ended up not making a dime writing and selling software.

Ben Bruno, Op-Ed, “Mr. President: I Did Build My Business,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/22/12

Entrepreneurs, like Ben Bruno, who come up with big ideas and take risks make America the unique and great nation it is. They’re the lifeblood of the economy and ought to be encouraged, not denigrated. 


Probably my favorite ad read they’ve ever done on the Bombcast. God bless that delightful little scamp Max Tempkin for buying ad time to make Vinny read this. You can even hear bits of the other duders laughing in the background.
California reduces penalty for shoplifting; guess what happens NEXT... - Allen B. West -
What a disaster!

Perry Lutz, a business owner in Rocklin, CA, says his struggles as a small businessman have been added to since theft penalties were reduced.  Mr. Lutz was a part of this report filed by Fox News: “About a half-dozen times this year, shoplifters have stolen expensive drones or another of the remote-controlled toys he sells in HobbyTown USA, a small shop in Rocklin, northeast of Sacramento. “It’s just pretty much open season. They’ll pick the $800 unit and just grab it and run out the door.”

Per California’s new law anything stolen that has a value of less than $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor. Kind of like J-walking or an expired parking meter. Take away the disincentives to steal and what do thieves do?  They steal.

Do we see why saying “but it’s not even worth that much” is a stupid train of logic to start on when it comes to theft?

Do we see why it is important to firmly establish what you can do in defense of property before you even think of discussing what you should do?

Do we see why the candy discussion is an important one to have and why I will never ever back down on it?

Have I ever mentioned my strong headcanon that Morita goes into politics? I don’t even know where it comes from, aside from my enormous crush on the late Daniel Inouye, but there you go. Small businessman after the war, then congressman, and eventually senator from the great state of California.

In the 4F in-universe comics, he and Gabe are both white-washed; he turns into a Funny Ethnic Sidekick from Brooklyn named Jim Moritz.

“They made me a Jew?” Morita repeats, more confused than anything else.

“Well, that’s a load of horseshit,” Bucky says. “Boy, look at that nose. And what the hell kind of phony Jew name is ‘Jim’ anyhow?”

In the interest of fairness, though -

There’s a reason people fantasize about owning their own business, and it’s related to the fantasy of living a secluded life as a self-sufficient farmer. Modern life is defined by instability and relying on the goodwill of businesses that literally don’t care if you starve, so self-sufficiency and controlling your own economic well-being is a pipe dream for everyone. Owning a business seems like a safe bet - you’re your own boss, right? If you’re good at your job, you’ll make money and have a steady livelihood, right?

Well, sort of. Your typical small businessman - the franchise owner, the solo practice doctor, the farmer - exists to pay back business loans and pay rent on offices, and if they’re lucky they have money left over for food. You have to go pretty far up the economic ladder before you’re actually keeping any money, and by that point, you’ve probably sold your soul already. On the way up the ladder, you learn to stiff vendors, underpay employees, cut corners, bribe politicians, and cook the books - because that’s what it takes to get rich.

In short, it’s a choice between constant scrabbling to stay off the street, and fucking over everyone with less money than you. As awful as it is, i can at least understand why folks would choose the latter.