I have been fortunate enough to do business on four continents and see how great this world is. The more I travel and meet with people, the more I recognize that America is the greatest country on earth.
The majority of my international work the past few years has been in China and I had an experience there that knocked me flat. The conversation was with a young entrepreneur who was at the head of a fast growing business.
We were eating dinner at the time of the debate between the Republicans and Democrats where the topic of our healthcare in the United States was discussed (later called Obamacare). He asked me to clarify for him what the debate was about.
In as neutral of a tone and description as possible, I stated, “There are many in the United States that believes that the government is responsible and should pay for each individual’s healthcare, and there are many that believe the government is not responsible and should not be involved.”.
He looked at me with great pause and said, “In China, we believe it is the responsibility of all of us to not be a burden on the government”.
Here I was eating dinner with a card-carrying member of the local Communist Party in China and he told me that being a burden on the government goes against what the Chinese believe.
This conversation made me think about the role of government even further and how we, as American’s, can reflect on the inauguration address of JFK. We should ask ourselves if we are heeding his sage advice from so many years ago, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”.