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Obama Tells Businesses: You Didn’t Build That

From Fox News:

Obama to business owners: ‘You didn’t build that’

July 16, 2012

President Obama, in a speech to supporters, suggested business owners owe their success to government investment in infrastructure and other projects — saying “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”

Obama’s comment Friday during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., came just days after he urged Congress to extend tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration only to families earning less than $250,000 annually — part of his argument that top earners have an obligation to pay more to trim the deficit.

Mr. Obama was speaking to firemen at Roanoke Fire Station #1, Roanoke, Virginia. He is continuing his practice of only speaking to children and union members. He probably thinks he is safe airing his theories on business to those audiences.

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back,” the president said. “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”

Obviously, Mr. Obama is channeling squaw Elizabeth Sacaja-Warren. And not for the first time.

I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

“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.

For the record, the "somebody" who invested in roads and bridges were: 1) the ‘rich’ people who pay most of the taxes, and 2) ‘rich’ capitalist bondholders, and 3) the people and companies who use the roads and pay road taxes in their gasoline and elsewhere. All of these groups are constantly under assault from Obama.

If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he said.

Which will come as a surprise to a lot of businessmen who have devoted most of their lives to building up a business. But does this mean that we are all to blame for Bain Capital?

“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.”

More laughable ignorance. The “internet” was invented by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which is an agency of the Department of Defense. They wanted to come up with a form of communications for the military that would (they thought) be safe from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks.

If the internet had remained in government hands, nothing more would have ever come of it. The internet is actually a testimony to how important the private sector is for the progress of any invention in the real world.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama Tells Businesses: You Didn’t Build That”

  1. Petronius says:

    If government is so much better than the private sector, then how come the pizza man gets to my house faster than the firemen and police?

    And the pizza man does it for only a fraction of the price?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, sadly we have voters who are just so dissatisfied with life that they happily believe that anyone successful did so at their expense. And though it’s much talked about, the mechanism of “fairness” is a fool’s errand.

    By that I mean this: It’s a fundamental human flaw and I’ve seen it in every single job I’ve had, club I’ve been in, activity I’ve participated in, etc.

    There are the high-achievers and those who seem to have lots of talent and smarts and then there’s everybody else. However, the “skill” or “talent” that the everybody-else’ers seem to possess in great quantity is to decry those who excel. Now, this comes in two forms. Everybody loves a winner and those are the ones who brown-nose those at the top. Then there are those who have no basis for where respect-for-ability comes from and simply trash-talk the ones at the top. Understandably, it can be deserved and often is.

    But I’m specifically referring to those who, rather than emulate what it takes to move up and be successful (hard work, dedication, a certain loyalty to honest effort, truthfulness, etc) they would rather “equal” the playing field by setting up those who have those qualities. That old notion, “Geez, he’s makin’ everyone else look bad”.

    So they, the Obamas, set about trash-talking their worker/peer and making up stories, masterfully concocting a narrative so that the others in the room become suspicious of the person who is a genuine achiever. The goal is to make everyone equal in sub-standardness rather than acknowledge that “hey, that guy’s got it going on…he’s right…and if I did what he did, I would move up too.”.

    Why is this? I cannot answer that. It’s for the psychologists to figure out and label. But it happens all over the place…especially in the blue-collar arena. Seems a lot of people in that population segment seem to feel very “put-upon”. But…backtracking a ways, these are the same people who took up smoking at 14 or younger, found it very important to do just the minimum in high-school, go to all the parties, and it often came with a degree of dissatisfaction with their parents in the form that mom was always depressed or their dad was an alcoholic or what-have-you. In my own case, my dad split from my mom and my guidance counselor, lacking a better touch-stone (and interpersonal skills) told me, “Well, you’re still rich….I don’t see that you have anything to be upset about”. He was referring to the fact that my father had a very well-paying job and that my “upper-middle-class”-ness trumped the fact that I was depressed that my parents split. The “poor” kids had more to bitch about because they were…well…poor.

    So, that was my first exposure to the mechanisms of how middle-class blue-collar folks like to drag others down to their level rather than lift themselves up. Easier to bitch about those who have done better than to actually do better yourself, I guess. The parents splitting up is only relevant in the sense that the middle class structure where I lived was about “fighting the man” and if you had money..or were in a “rich” upper-middle-class family, you had it made. Therefore, your problems were trivial compared to the “real people”. Every time I see that a**shole counseler now, if I ever go back to that imploded former industrial town, I give him the finger.

    But, aside from the very personal, I also noticed in my enlisted years in the military that my “peers” derided me for pressing my uniform, shining my shoes and being dutiful. They all seemed to act as though they were put there against their will…even though it was the age of an all-volunteer military and ….none of them, that I know of…were told by a judge to enlist or go to jail, which I think, in the 70’s was largely a myth though it did happen, I’m sure.

    But my peers, from the age of 18 to 25 all seemed to be more concerned with spending their paychecks on booze and partying. I spent my meager earnings on my car, my rent, and going to night-school. And they hated me for that. Often I kept hearing, “You think you’re better than me”. Well, when it came time to exit, stage left for full-time college and earn my commission, I told one stupid sot, “Yes……yes I do. You’re a loser and you can live with that.” which replaced what I used to say which was, “No, I just choose to do other things with my small earnings because the clock is ticking and I want something out of life. I’m young and this is the time to put forth the effort so that I can reap the rewards later.” Which, of course, never sank into the test-pattern of a face I was talking to.

    But here we are…I make a very good wage in a very good job and the guys I’ve been able to check up on from those years…well…a lot of them ended up in jail, broke, bouncing from job-to-job, living in very low-quality environs, etc.

    Hm. Maybe I was onto something. American Dream and all. But…it’s not a given. You can’t just want it. You have to work for it. Earn it. But people like Obama, because it was given to him by the government…actually believes that’s how it’s attained.

    Long tale, I realize but here….I can vent.

    • untrainable says:

      “Well, you’re still rich….I don’t see that you have anything to be upset about”. That’s the America of the 60’s and 70s. The thing that gets me is that the people who are so critical or downright angry at you for being upper middle class are the first ones in line if they think you’re giving something away. They can’t even be true to their own ignorance! If they wanted to be consistant, when the welfare check came around, they’d rip it up and cry, “I”ll NOT take the rich man’s handout!” For some odd reason, that never happens.

      So if Obama wants to be consistant with HIS own ignorance, and continue with Sackaja-Warren’s, “Everything is built on the backs of the working class, and you didn’t do anything to deserve wealth” he shouldn’t take money from Hollywierd stars. He shouldn’t take money from any donor who makes more than $250K/yr. If someone makes more than that, isn’t their money tainted with the sweat and blood of the downtrodden? Doesn’t rich people’s money carry the stink of modern slavery. You can’t use rich people’s money without approving of what they did to get it, can you? I’m just sayin’.

  3. mr_bill says:

    Spoken like a man who received a Nobel Prize for doing absolutely nothing.

    Hearing nerobama speak these words, and with such venom, reminds me of the fable of the Little Red Hen. I don’t believe it’s told anymore. For those who aren’t familiar: The little red hen plants wheat, waters it, tends to the field, pulls weeds, harvests, gleans, mills, and eventually bakes bread. None of the other farm animals want to do any of the work along the way. Once the hen has a loaf of bread, all the other animals want a piece.

    nerobama has never had any experience with actually producing. He is ignorant of the process of starting a business. Labor, diligence, and excellence are foreign concepts to him. I would ask nerobama, since he believes “somebody else made that happen,” who exactly made it happen, if not the man who built the business? I want to know, specifically, who. Who is this anonymous business creator that simply drops these businesses into the waiting hands of the undeserving so they can plunder the poor? I would love to see his stuttering, ignorant face while he tries to explain that. There are a lot of self-made fortunes in this country. He just insulted every single one of them. When you are so far removed from real Americans, its only natural to be unaware that there are people who have become successful because they did things better than others. Some are smarter, some work harder, some are persistent…on and on. nerobama’s exposure has been private schools, government, and the kind of losers who can’t get real jobs so they hang out and become community agitators, producing nothing but frothy hate towards actual achievement.

    I am also waiting for algore to finish his massage and release a statement correcting nerobama for insinuating that algore didn’t invent the internet all by himself.

    • Petronius says:

      mr_bill, thanks for the reminder of the Little Red Hen. Just to add to your comments :

      Nerobama : “somebody else made that happen.”

      As a matter of fact, two-thirds of American millionaires are self-employed. Over 80% made it entirely on their own, without an inheritance, trust, gifts, or marrying rich. Over half worked their way through college. They got rich through a lifetime of hard work, self-discipline, sacrifice, budgeting, scrimping and saving, careful planning, prudent investing, a sound marriage, a wise choice of occupation and targeting market opportunities. See Stanley & Danko, “The Millionaire Next Door” (1996). 

    • BigOil says:

      It is not surprising our solid B+ President would would utter this collectivist drivel. A slacker who was “behind enemy lines” when he worked a brief stint as a glorified copy boy.

      Barry likes to present himself as an example of an American success story. I guess finding someone to bankroll your education at elite schools so you can kick back with the Choom Gang and read Marx and Alinsky is our new model for success. Beats working for a living.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      At the very base of the argument, “Stealing from the poor” well….

      You would have to be a monumentally stupid thief to steal from the poor. Even TRAY-von knew that.


      But think about it. Do thieves gravitate to the poor neighborhoods to steal. Who wants to steal a car that’s already up on blocks? Who wants to steal a 15 year old cathode-tube TV? Who wants to steal that crappy refrigerator on the porch of your trailer…that doesn’t work anyhow?

      And, the rich got that way by “stealing” from the poor? How?

      The Wal-Mart analogy, maybe. But here….much of Wal-Mart’s products are made overseas. The taxes, state and local go to…in part, programs to “help the poor”. Hm. Wal-Mart pays gobs of money in taxes because the US currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. So tell me again how the rich are “stealing from the poor”.

      As Rush says, the poor seem to think that the products on the shelves at Wal-Mart should be sold at cost. But if Wal-Mart did that, they’d go out of business in a few hours. So, there would be no Wal-Marts to get the cheaper stuff from, no?

      And this is not difficult logic. Even a five-year old can understand this. But “the poor”, angry at their station in life, refuse to admit and are encouraged not to do so by none other than the statist in the white house. Thus, only one conclusion can be drawn. He wants them to remain poor in order to get their vote. However, I’m also pretty sure he would rather not have elections because…well….in his own words, if he was elected again, it wouldn’t because he deserves to be there.


      But you cannot fix the stubborn mindset of “the poor”. One has to understand that in most cases, the poor are there for a reason. Lack of ability, lack of sense, lack of motivation (laziness) or a combination of all three. Thus, they feel justified when criticizing someone who has more than they do and who lives a better life than they have. And, as the statists know, jumping out of the welfare security blanket to fend for yourself is risky.

      But again, when I was in the military, I met lots of people my age who came from such humble origins, yet, their minds were already rotted. When they looked to buy a car, they didn’t go to the credit union and explore how they could get a new car. They bought some old clapped out POS just like their parents had when they were growing up…most likely because they didn’t know any better. Or, it’s a “comfort zone” thing and they didn’t want to be labeled as being “uppity” which is a mental disease as much as a crippling feature of poor people.

      Yet, black velvet paintings, Friday night bowling, a case of Bud, etc etc…all the stereotypical trappings of lower-class America. But the worldly possessions often reflect the mindset of the owner. Very strange…how people identify by pigeonholing themselves.

      Maybe it’s how we’re programed by the almighty Himself. I dunno. Yet, I read biographies of people who were born in 1899 and became industry leaders in spite of their very humble origins. People who failed time and again but never gave up (Edison), people who rose to the top without “stealing” from the poor, which is pretty much everyone who rises to the top.*

      *Does not apply to the son-in-law who has no skills but is in management…or those other types who schmoozed and brown-nosed their way up.

  4. Astravogel says:

    When you are self-employed, you only have to work
    half-days. Pick any 12 hours you want and get busy.

  5. fallingpianos says:

    Romney better hit Obama back twice as hard on this one.

  6. canary says:

    Obama is lying when he says in his commercials he saved the Auto Industry in the U.S.

    We the People were ordered to save the auto industry.

  7. BillK says:

    Not that I would expect he would, but Mr. Obama has never been briefed to know that prior to the late 1980s, usage of ARPANet and other Internet networks for commercial purposes was expressly forbidden.

    So much for “Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

  8. GetBackJack says:

    So, following this logic that I didn’t make it happen …

    “So, Mr. President, you’re saying your government is also responsible for my business failing. Is that about right?”

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