Born in Russia, my family (and I) left everything behind and legally immigrated to the United States in the 1970's. I started working at the age of 11 in my parents small deli and haven't stopped since. Graduated Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in CS followed up by an MBA. Worked at large companies and numerous start-ups (I prefer start-ups). I have owned about a dozen small businesses in the real estate and retail space. Having escaped from the "promise" of Communism & Socialism in Russia it saddens me to see America going down the same path.