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December 1993 Vol. 2 Issue 4

Great Speech...
Entrepreneurship Explained to Bureaucrats!

The explorers of the modem era are the entrepreneurs, men and women with vision, with the courage to take risks and faith enough to brave the unknown. These entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. They are the prime movers of the technological revolution.

Some people, even in the United States, look at the riot of experiment that is the FREE MARKET and see only waste. What of all the entrepreneurs that fail? Well, many do, particularly the successful ones; often several times. And if you ask them the secret of their success, the will tell you it's all that they learned in their struggles along the way; yes, it's what they learned from failing. Like an athlete in competition or a scholar in pursuit of the truth, experience is the greatest teacher.

And that's why, it's so hard for government planners, no matter how sophisticated, to ever substitute for millions of individuals working night and day to make their dreams come true!

The fact is, bureaucracies are a problem around the world. There's an old story about a town -  it could be anywhere  -  with a bureaucrat who is known to be good for nothing, but somehow had always hung on to power. So one day, in a town meeting, an old woman got up and said to him: "There is a folk legend here where I come from that when a baby is born, an angel comes down from heaven and kisses it on one part of its body. If the angel kisses him on his hand, he becomes a handyman. If he kisses him on his forehead, he becomes bright and clever. And I've been trying to figure out where the angel kissed you so that you should sit there for so long and do nothing."

From: Speaking My Mind by Ronald Reagan
Simon & Schuster

Written by Howard J. Leonhardt



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