"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
Successful people paid the taxes that built the schools, hired the teachers, paved the roads, maintained the bridges, and paid for most other government services. Businesses pay plenty of taxes. The top few percent of those who are successful pay most of the taxes for our infrastructure. It is the government which should be thankful for people with initiative who are successful; not the productive being thankful for the government. Every generation builds on the accomplishments of previous generations, but these are generations of individuals , not governments. Those schools, roads, and the rest of infrastructure are available to everyone, but only a few have the drive, risk tolerance, and genius to create successful products and businesses which in turn create jobs and a better life for others. Most often that "somebody along the line" who made a difference for a young person was their parents or a close friend. Do we then owe a debt to the government for our parents & friends?