This is unbelievable. Go to about 50 seconds into the video to see President Barack Obama–who has successfully avoided being in business for most of his life–throw dirt on folks who worked to create their own business.
He’s not telling us anything new when he says that we all owe others for helping us out.
But Obama’s premise is that unless you support his extravagant government spending and intrusive government policies, then you are not recognizing the you relied on other people for their help. Indeed, government helped, but Obama stretches the logic into an attack on those who think that government spending, borrowing and taxing policies should be more reasonable.
More politics of envy.
More interesting is the defensive mode that Obama’s apologists have entered. “It’s taken out of context.” (No, considering the larger context, the sentiment exactly describes Obama’s mindset.) “Obama is right because it’s true that those nasty conservatives think they are entirely responsible for their successes.”” (No, to say that Obama is giving the government too much credit for individual success is not the same as denying that government had anything to do with it through, for example, the provision of infrastructure. By the way, small businesses already have paid their fair share to build that infrastructure. On what grounds should they pay more?)
Here is the text:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I am always struck by people who think, “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 are 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 did not build that–somebody else made that happen. The Internet did not get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off of the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.