You know that blend of admiration, envy and guilt-tinged hatred you feel for somebody in your field who’s more successful than you – but has earned that success, and seems like a decent sort to boot? (It’s hard as hell to hate such folks, hence the guilt.) That’s how I used to feel about Michael Malone. While I was slamming out 1200-word articles on web servers for trade rags, he was one of the early crossover technology writers, doing good work for the New York Times, WSJ, and many others, all while publishing solid books.
In his blog, Malone has really hit the jackpot recently. About a week ago he published this definitive post on the utter shame of the mainstream media in this election cycle. The post lit up the blogosphere, even earning a Drudge link. As a recovering journalist, I was grateful to Malone for saying, in such dispassionate fashion, something that needed to be said.
I’m not a journalist anymore, thank God (I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my day, but man did I pick the right time to jump off that particular sinking ship). What I am, in addition to a wannabee pro novelist, is co-owner of a small business (which is growing like crazy, he added with pride). So a new Malone post on entrepreneurship, particularly the presidential candidates’ attitudes toward it, caught my eye.
I’ll quote Malone to give you the bottom line:
What is missing from the economic debates of this campaign — as it has been from every presidential campaign at least since the Reagan years — is a recognition of the absolutely central importance of the entrepreneur to the health of the American economy.
Entrepreneurs, and the new companies they create, are the source of almost all of the new jobs, the new wealth, technological innovation, revolutionary new products, positive balance of trade, and improvements in productivity … Yet in the debate over how to ‘fix’ America’s current economic mess, they are the forgotten men and women.
The post has few kind words for either candidate or major party and is definitely worth a read.
At Flatout Motorsports, we’re concerned as hell about the nation’s economy. The services we offer are a luxury, the whipped cream on successful people’s Life Sundae. And it’s easy to skip the whipped cream (although we would argue that ice cream and hot-fudge sauce do not a sundae make!). It’d be nice to believe the next President will recognize our contribution to the economy. But it looks like we’ll have to continue to succeed in spite of the government.