John Stossel: Entrepreneurship helps make America great
By: John Stossel
July 1, 2010For all its problems, America is a great place. And one thing that makes America great is its prosperity. Yes, some people have suffered during the recession -- but compared to all the other countries in the history of the world, America is rich. Why?
One reason is that America is a good place to do business.
Dinesh D'Souza, author of "What's So Great about America," points out: "In most other societies, the businessman has been looked down upon. He's been seen as a kind of sleazy guy. But then American founders specifically put protection for patents and trademarks in the Constitution.
And suddenly, the entrepreneur is taken from the bottom of the heap and brought to the front."
Today, Asian students crush Americans on standardized tests, but it's Americans who invent things like the transistor and the integrated circuit and go on to win disproportionate numbers of Nobel Prizes. Our culture of entrepreneurship turns that science into wealth.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Entrepreneurship-helps-make-America-great-97488029.html#ixzz0suEDc9P8