Skip to comments.Juan Williams: Dirty politics GOP style (Grab a bucket!)
Posted on 08/29/2012 12:25:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
This is one dirty campaign.
My fellow Fox political analyst Karl Rove sees the proof in the Obama campaigns claims that Mitt Romney might be a felon and an Obama super-PAC advertisement blaming Romney for shuttering a factory and leaving a dying woman without health insurance.
Yes, there is dirt being thrown by the Obama campaign. But one of the biggest chunks of mud is proudly splattered all around the Republican National Convention site. I refer specifically to signs that read: We Built It!
For weeks, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have hammered President Obama for saying, You didnt build that. Obama said those words during a speech arguing that people earning more than $250,000 should pay more taxes.
The rich should be willing to pay more, the president said, because of the public school teachers and taxpayers, as well as the nations roads and bridges, that contribute daily to Americas incredible record of business innovation and profits.
Here is President Obamas full quote from the speech in Roanoke, Va., on July 13:
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 youve got a business you didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen.
The GOP willfully ignored the preceding four sentences in that quote and focused solely on you didnt build that.
The Associated Press Fact Check has blasted Romneys distortion, noting the full quote makes clear Obama is talking about the conditions that help businesses and individuals succeed, such as teachers and infrastructure.
Now, this is intentional distortion dirty politics by any name. It suggests business has suffered under President Obama and that is why unemployment remains high.
The facts about how business has performed during the Obama years tell a different story.
When Obama took office in January 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was hovering around 8,000. Last Friday (Aug. 24), it closed at 13,157. The Nasdaq has doubled since Obama took office.
Just four years ago, the economy was on the brink of total collapse. The Bush administration deserves credit for taking initial steps to stabilize the global panic with multibillion-dollar Wall Street bailouts. But it was Obama who inherited the aftermath the Great Recession.
How can the Romney camp describe Obama as hostile to business when he cut taxes for small businesses 18 times in his first term? He signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which contained $200 billion in tax relief for small businesses. It also provided incentives for businesses to create jobs, invest and grow.
There is no debating that, under President Obama, corporate profits are at their highest levels in decades.
In fiscal 2011, the federal taxes corporations paid within the United States fell to 12.1 percent of profits, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That is far below 25.6 percent, the average paid by corporations from 1987 to 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported.
One of the biggest expenses for businesses is the cost of providing health insurance for their employees. The Affordable Care Act, which Republicans here in Tampa have vowed to repeal, helps small businesses reduce these costs.
Under the new law, employers with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from penalties for not covering their workers.
Now, small businesses with fewer than 25 workers and average wages of less than $50,000 are given tax credits to provide coverage to their workers.
Most importantly, the law sets up state health insurance exchanges starting in 2014. They will allow small businesses to buy coverage at a lower cost by expanding the risk pool and eliminating free riders thanks to the individual mandate.
But the Romney campaign continues to attack Obamas healthcare plan as the enemy of business. And it continues to twist the Virginia speech into an attack on small-business owners. This is politics so dirty it covers over the truth. How can any Republican complain about dirty politics when smears aimed at the president are so visible at this convention?
Juan is trying to stay relevant after his attack on women earlier this evening. How long before Juan throws out that overused and threadbare race card?
Sorry Juan, your boy is going down.
Very sycophantish of Williams. You’d almost think that PBS didn’t fire him.
I’d like to grab a bucket, put it over Juan Williams head, and bang it with a stick.
“The Associated Press Fact Check has blasted Romneys distortion, noting the full quote makes clear Obama is talking about the conditions that help businesses and individuals succeed, such as teachers and infrastructure.
The libs lie their faces off. Yes, that is exactly what he said. Teachers and infrastructure are government controlled. Therefore, you didn’t build it yourself. The government did it.
It’s SO clear. It’s not like when they quote Rush, where they take things really out of context and make it seem like the opposite. Obama really DID give a speech on how the government is taking responsibility for YOUR successful business. There’s no taking out of context.
Not only that, but before this speech, I swear he gave another where he said basically the same thing, and people didn’t pick up on it. He said it TWICE.
Juan, those preceeding sentences don't change or modify the meaning of "you didn't build that' one whit. They reinforce the socialist philosphy behind the comment.
How naive is Juan Williams? He’s obviously gullible. Is this his first time covering a political campaign?
Once he finishes his internship at Fox will he be hired at MSNBC?
And Juan Williams is ignoring the preceding sentences, "Im 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," which negate any contribution by the business builder from the success of the business. It is not effort or good decision-making that creates a business, it is the government provided education and government built infrastructure.
It's ridiculous without even considering that a business builder is already paying taxes to pay for education and infrastructure.
I choose to look on the bright side. This guy will go away eventually.
Juan is desperate lately. Full-tilt super liberal.
While Juan can have a nugget of logic every once in a while, his brain is so full of mush, it must be clogged.
Watching Juan on TV tonight was shocking. He looks like he is dying of cancer - gaunt, old and decrepit.
As far as his support of Obama - just another racist vote for the Black guy - not because the Black guy has done anything but destroy our economy but he gets support just because of the color of his skin (a notion anathema to Martin Luther King).
Juan isn’t naive at all, he is black.
“Here is President Obamas full quote from the speech in Roanoke, Va., on July 13:”
And then Williams proceeds to leave out the full quote...the part where he ridicules successful people who ‘think their SO smart’.
True, very sad, but true.
Skin pigmentation trumps everything rational.
This is tribalism at it's worst.
Remember, it was black africans that captured and sold other black africans to white europeans for the slave trade.
Juan isn’t very smart....we need to pity him.