The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 2, 2012

Your View: Business gets much from government

Bruce Raps, Mankato

— Here are a couple of things to think about in the coming election.

There are politicians who claim that businesses owe their success solely to their own efforts, and that government has no part in their success.

The first settlers in the Minnesota River Valley were given the opportunity to establish farms and businesses by the federal government. I do not know of a settler who received permission from Native Americans to use their land on their own.

Also, the local rental housing market is profitable solely because Minnesota government has Minnesota State University. There are approximately 12,000 students to house. Please note that state and federal financial aid that students receive flows from students to the rental business.

There are politicians who want to shrink the federal, state and local governments. If they are successful, what is the result? The only institution left would be the multi-national corporation. The corporations would become the government and because they are multi-national, we would be in a world government in which we as citizens would have no vote.

These politicians promise one thing and give you something else. The politicians have no problem with sending jobs to communist China because it fits with their world government.