If small business is indeed the engine that drives job growth in America, then we are certainly trying to do our part. And so as a small business owner committed to job creation, let me just say:
IF I HEAR ONE MORE FREAKING PERSON TELL ME THAT I BUILT MY BUSINESS, I AM GOING TO VOMIT.
You know why there aren’t a lot of small online media companies emerging from Somalia these days? Because they don’t have a freaking government. They don’t have bookstores where I could sell books, or roads I could use to get t-shirts to your house. My businesses—like all American businesses—exist because we live in a successful and stable country, which is only successful and stable because for generations, we’ve paid taxes that have allowed us to build an infrastructure and make investments in innovation that allow for increased economic productivity and efficiency.
The free market has shown again and again: It can’t make such a world without government assistance. (Witness, for instance, how bad the free market is at developing new classes of antibiotics, even though such antibiotics would be very useful at keeping people healthy, which in turn increases our Gross Domestic Product.)
My work—like almost all work these days—depends upon the Internet, which wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for government investment. If I hadn’t received excellent free primary school education, I could never have written books. And if primary education weren’t free and compulsory in the United States, I’d have fewer readers, because fewer people could read.
In his stump speech, Mitt Romney has said, “The other day, you know, I thought about a kid that works hard to get the honor roll. And she works real hard. I know that to get the honor roll she had to go on a school bus to get to school. But when she makes the honor roll, I credit the kid, not the bus driver.”
Well, I credit the bus driver, for providing a safe and comfortable environment for that student. But drivers aren’t just collecting a paycheck: They’re performing a vital service, and one that involves tremendous responsibility. So yes, I credit them.
And I credit the kid’s teacher, who works tirelessly to get the kid excited about learning. I credit the kid’s parents, and I credit her peers. I credit the school’s cafeteria staff, who work to get the kid as nutritious a meal as budget cuts will allow. I credit the school librarian, if the school still has a librarian, who teaches the kid research skills that will serve her well throughout life. I credit the politicians who raise taxes to pay for better schools rather than cowardly arguing that taxes should always be lower, even if they’re already lower than they ever have been. I credit the school board and the people who repave the roads to school to keep them safe.
I credit the kid. But I also credit her community. They recognized the kid (like all kids) was worth investing in. They cared for her. They made it possible for her to succeed.
Over the years, I’ve encountered a few successful people who believe they did it all themselves and achieved success because they are just better than their fellow human beings. Some were bankers; some were writers; some were lawyers. Some male, some female. Some rich, some not. Some were born into privilege, some weren’t. I guess they’re a pretty diverse crowd. They only have one thing in common, really: They’re all assholes.
Also I don’t think I’ve told anyone this but I’ve narrowed my research project down to The Challenges of Gifted Adolescent Hispanic Girls and What We Can Do About Them and I am so fucking excited about it
“Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe.”—Andrea Gibson (via dancinguponthearchitecture)
who cooks normally?: Neither one of them are very good at cooking. Mainly there is just restaurant food. Occasionally, Dean will decide Cas absolutely has to try a certain kind of food, so he’ll go buy it or try to make it or make Sam cook it for him.
how often do they fight?: Not very often. Dean is pretty much convinced Cas is always right, so on the rare occasion they disagree, Cas has learned he better pay attention. He’ll figure out what the real problem is and try to fix it.
what do they do when they’re away from each other?: Dean will fight demons or hang out with Sam. Busty Asian Beauties don’t quite do it for him anymore since Cas, so he’s taken to washing the Impala and even doing some of Sam’s research. Cas will do official angel business, but most all of his off-time is spent with Dean and Sam.
nicknames for each other?: Cas doesn’t really understand pet names, so Dean just sticks with Cas.
who is more likely to pay for dinner?: Cas doesn’t need to eat, and when he does it’s usually because Dean has found something else he should try, so it’s always Dean.
who steals the covers at night?: Cas is drawn to Dean more than to the covers, so it’s rare that someone is left out in the cold.
what would they get each other for gifts?: Dean loves to get Cas all kinds of human objects and experiences: tickets to baseball games, pies, Star Trek DVDs… Dean loves seeing the confused look on Cas’s face transition into amusement or delight. Cas will bring Dean protective things like the Samulet or things he needs for cases.
who kissed who first?: Dean kissed Cas first. He didn’t know he was going to do it any more than Cas did.
who made the first move?: Cas. After the kiss, Dean might have swept the whole thing under the rug, but Cas was having none of it.
who remembers things?: Dean. Cas doesn’t really view time the same way humans do, so anniversaries don’t make much sense to him. But both of them remember all the tiny things about one another.
who started the relationship?: Dean. Teaching Cas how dating works for humans is one of Dean’s favorite things.
who cusses more?: Dean. Cas enjoys all words, while Dean has a very specific vocabulary.
what would they do if the other one was hurt?: Make it better. Act stoic about it. Yell at Sam a lot.
who cooks normally?: Remus enjoys cooking the muggle way a few times a week, but he kind of sucks at food spellwork, whereas Sirius got really good at conjuring food when he would lock himself up in his room at Grimmauld Place. So Sirius will often semi-illegally summon takeout, while Remus is the only one who actually goes to buy groceries and cook them.
how often do they fight?: They have a bit of a weird relationship, actually. If Sirius is doing something Remus doesn’t approve of, Remus will show his disapproval, but it’s rare that he actually thinks it’s serious enough to push the subject. And Sirius is just kind of afraid of being angry, because he’s seen where it leads and he’s much happier just ignoring his emotions and pursuing pleasure. So for the most part they will solve things easily because they are both good at pushing things under the rug and knowing how strongly the other feels about the point of contention. But when they DO fight, it’s a blow-up catastrophe because they’re both such emotion-suppressors and they just end up hating themselves because they said things they didn’t mean and let the monsters they feel inside themselves win.
what do they do when they’re away from each other?: I mean. They fight with the Order, or mess around with James and Lily, or dream or worry or get into enormous piles of trouble, just the same way they do when they’re together.
nicknames for each other?: Padfoot, “Seer”, Pad/Moony, “Ream”. I don’t think they’re very into pet names, though I’m sure Sirius isn’t above name-calling on a case-by-case basis.
who is more likely to pay for dinner?: Sirius. To the point where it bothers Remus, but there’s really not much he can do about the fact that Sirius inherited money from his uncle while Remus can’t get a job. Sirius, on the other hand, is so desensitized to money that he doesn’t care. Borrowing money from James is no big deal to him.
who steals the covers at night?: Remus can get really cold in his sleep, and Sirius will wake up sprawled on his back with no covers because Remus is curled up on his side of the bed with all the covers heaped on top of him. So of course, Sirius mandates spooning time.
what would they get each other for gifts?: Remus is the hand-made gift kind of person, while Sirius is the “I saw this totally useless object at the supermarket and it made me think of you so I bought it and didn’t even look at the price don’t you love it why are you looking at me like that Remus everyone needs a Forever Lazy” type
who kissed who first?: I’m fond of the idea that Sirius realized his feelings for Remus and freaked out about it and launched into this long and drawn-out monologue which Remus just finally ended by smashing their lips together. Then it may have taken a few more tries to get Sirius to just shut up and enjoy.
who made the first move?: I guess that’d put it on Sirius, then.
who remembers things?: Remus is by far the more responsible one who remembers to do things like take the trash out or pick up groceries, but Sirius is the type to surprise Remus with “It’s the anniversary of the first time we pulled a prank together let’s celebrate by causing a ruckus”
who started the relationship?: Sirius, in one of his rare, er, serious, moments
who cusses more?: Sirius is definitely more creative with his cursing, but when Remus curses, you know he means it.
what would they do if the other one was hurt?: I’m sure they’ve both been hurt so often they’re almost desensitized to it. They’d take care of one another, make sure they were okay, but they wouldn’t cry over it.