If you believe Ben Stein (and who wouldn’t believe such an imp-faced little charmer), the vast majority of the 15 million Americans who are unemployed deserve to be so. They are, he says, “unpleasant personalities” and “don’t know how to do a day’s work.” But when one of these folks gets up the initiative to open his own business he gets arrested by the police!
29-year old Travis Kevie of Placer County, California, bought himself a six-pack of beer and re-opened an old bar in town. When the six-pack was sold he invested all his profits in more booze which he then sold to more customers. And so on, for four days. He managed to attract about thirty customers a day and was beginning to pull himself up by his bootstraps when along came the law and locked him up on a technicality. The technicality was that he didn’t own the bar and he didn’t have a liquor license.
Man, doesn’t self-starting initiative count for something? Do you think Ben Stein might contribute to his defence? No, I didn’t think so.