Obama, Dems Double Down On “You Didn’t Build That”
July 20, 2012 10 Comments
It’s been truly amazing to watch the reaction to Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment. You’ll recall that Obama suggested that people who have made it didn’t do it without government help. The Romney camp was not surprising in its response, they’ve attacked it up and down. Obama on the other hand hasn’t backed off of it and Democrats haven’t distanced themselves from it. Indian Squaw Elizabeth Warren backs Obama’s comments wholeheartedly. It is in these comments that we find the fundamental divide between the two candidates. Obama has given us a clear choice, it’s up to America to decide which direction we go in.
To be fair, the Obama camp claims that what Obama really meant was that successful businessmen didn’t build the roads in front of their business. But that was only a portion of the comments. But even if we just look at that, it is absurd to suggest that a road in front of your business is the key to success. There are lots of roads in Detroit but not many successful businesses. What makes a successful business isn’t a road, but an innovative idea and a lot of hard work. That’s exactly what Obama is criticizing and suggesting doesn’t really exist without government. He claims government created the internet (I thought Al Gore did) but what he doesn’t tell you is that government didn’t do anything with it. It was innovative ideas from businessmen that created the internet we use today.
Obama is coming at this issue from the leftist position, in fact he comes at it from a community organizer viewpoint. Businessmen are evil and exploit workers and really just live off the government. Henry Ford didn’t innovate, he exploited. The local shop keeper didn’t work hard, he exploited everyone. Romney obviously comes at it from a different angle, that it is businessmen who work hard, invest their time and money into a business, innovate and become successful. The choice is very clear heading into November, which vision of the future do you prefer?
The Wall Street Journal suggests the race is Solyndra vs Staples. Solyndra is of course the company Obama spent $500+ million of taxpayer money on which went bankrupt. Did we mention the major players at Solyndra were Obama campaign bundlers who directly lobbied in the White House? Staples was largely built by Bain Capital and is one of the largest Bain successes. In fact, Bain companies generally out performed the S&P 500 and the US Economy when Romney was at the helm. Some jobs were lost and some of Bain’s investments didn’t work. But many did, in fact many more jobs were created by Bain than lost.
Obama betrays his trust of government, his trust of a top down approach to the economy which has failed wherever it has been tried. Businessmen did in fact build their own business, they did come up with the ideas themselves, they did know how to manage employees better than others. That’s why they’re successful. Others aren’t as successful, even if they’re as intelligent. Perhaps others aren’t willing to work as hard or perhaps they didn’t come up with the right idea at the right time. Obama doesn’t seem to understand that, nor does he particularly care. Leftists like Obama who were mentored by Communists generally don’t.