I admire your reply. Regardless of what Obama meant -- here I'll refrain from ascribing ascribing fascism to his words and actions -- you have identified much of the environment in which the 3am driver operated. But his claim is nonetheless legitimate and Obama's observation is just plain wrong. Goods and services are produced by employing the factors of production. Some say there are three, land labor, and capital. Others say there are four, land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurial ability. The three-factor-folks include the latter factor (entrepreneurial ability under the human capital part of the quadipartite division of capital, money, intellectual capital, social capital, and creative capital) . Old 3am employed entrepreneurial ability (or a mixture of creative and intellectual capital) to maintain his business, no small feat for a small businessman. So I posit that old 3am did it, earned it, and that's it. Nobody else put it together for him. IMHO whatever claim he makes or is made for him is legit. Of course I'm just a Newbie trucker who might have been a banker and an SBA loan officer. So feel free to disregard this refutation of Sotero's opinion.