Skip to comments.Hey, Obama: We Built That Stuff Too!
Posted on 07/19/2012 4:35:06 PM PDT by Kaslin
First, let me say how thrilled I am that you went off-teleprompter last week. This If youve got a business, you didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen thing was just wonderful. Now I know how Chris Matthews felt.
Oh .. I know. Your handlers werent all that thrilled with your amazing screw-up, and, frankly, they have been worried this day was coming for a long time. They know how you feel about the private sector. They know of your antipathy toward free enterprise and those evil small-business men out there who are not likely to support your move to a centrally-controlled economy. They had hoped to keep your true feelings in check with those teleprompters but nooooooooo you just had to improvise, didnt you? You just had to wander off the tightly-controlled, rhetorical reservation. Well, thank you. You certainly didnt gain any significant voter support with that asinine utterance, but you most certainly did lose some.
Now were having fun watching and listening to your sycophants trying to defend your somebody else made that happen line. Somehow they have to make your blunder sound marginally reasonable. Apparently theyve had a meeting somewhere, because theyre all running with pretty much the same message. It was the government that built the roads those trucks travel on to bring stuff to your business for you to sell. It was the government that built those utility systems that keep your offices cool and the water clean. They really love that quote from Henry Ford about not being able to build his cars if the government had not built those roads.
Well guess what, Dear Ruler? We built that stuff too. Not government, but the private sector: Americas evil private businesses.
Get in Marine One, Obama, and fly off to visit a road construction project. Look at those graders, rollers and the machines that lay the asphalt. See those logos on the doors? Those logos are for private construction firms. Those workers in yellow vests? Their paychecks and benefits are coming from private businesses many of them the very small businesses you want to hit with tax increases.
Next, you can fly off to take a look at a utility project somewhere. Maybe you can find a sewer line being laid, or some electrical transmission lines being strung. Again those are private companies doing that work with private sector workers.
You see, theres a document out there that, frankly, I doubt you have ever read. Its called The Declaration of Independence. Im sure theres a copy around your office somewhere. But I do want to save you a bit of trouble here, (knowing you busy you are fundamentally transforming American and all), so Ill provide you with a little excerpt from that document:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."
There! Do you see that? That government youre so enamored with that government you credit with Americas greatness well, to paraphrase one of our presidents, You didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen. Thats right, Dear Ruler, somebody else made that government happen. and that somebody else is US. The government is OURS. We built it. We hire the people to run it. We have regular meetings every two years or so to decide whether we want to keep those managers or get rid of them to find better talent. Those roads .. our national infrastructure? We HIRED the government to build those things for us, just as we hire contractors to build our business locations and to design and manufacture the equipment we will use in the course of our businesses. We created this government the government did not create us and we contract with this government to do things for us on a grand scale because we recognize the inefficiencies of trying to do those things for ourselves. Government is just another contractor we hire to get our private business done.
But hold on a minute, Ruler Obama. Theres something else I want you to read before you put this letter down. You see, I didnt include the whole quote from The Declaration of Independence above. I left something off and here it is
"...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Maybe its just me, but Im of the opinion that when our elected leaders become so enamored with themselves, and of the government we have hired them to manage, they become a grave danger to those unalienable rights set forth in The Declaration you know, the rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The Declaration says we may pursue happiness. It does not guarantee it. You and the party you represent seem to think that happiness is a right, and have created a government that has now become destructive of the very ends it was designed to support.
Theres more than one way to alter or abolish at government, Ruler Obama. Well give one of them a good old college try in November.
Again .. thanks for your incursion into extemporaneous speech. Weve learned a lot from and about you in the last week.
With all DUE Respect.
I’d bet that Obama doesn’t even know who built the Golden Gate Bridge.
Brilliantly written! Passed it on to all on my email list.
We built this city on Rock & Roll. Not on Government, chump.
With all of Obama's talk about his one crowning achievement in office, I keep wanting to hear someone say something like:
Hey Obama, you think you got Bin Laden, you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen. You didn't catch Bid Laden. It was somebody else who did that.
The difference between what Obama said and this statement is that this one is the truth. Obama's statement is a lie.
Why is Russia a steaming pile?
Why is Europe on the verge of total collapse?
Why is every nation south of the border a corrupt, drug ridden cesspool?
Why haven't the war lords across Africa failed to bring lollipops, unicorns, and rainbows to the people of the world?
Mr. Obama? I'm waiting....
Government built things using tax money they collected
To use that money to build roads and bridges and then say “you owe me” is completely backwards
(That would make a great point in a Romney speech, wouldn’t it?)
That is one of the finest pieces I’ve read in a very long time....and there are some mighty fine things shared here on FR.
Romney gave a really good but short speech about small business at this link. This is at the Middlesex Truck & Coach Company in Roxbury Massachusetts.
A tip of the hat to you Mr. Boortz. Brilliant.
A tip of the hat to you Mr. Boortz. Brilliant.
Government is not all bad. In fact, a properly limited government serves to protect businesses and citizens and create the necessary legal frameworks, like contract law, necessary for healthy commerce. That is NOT what we have today. Neal Boortz nailed this one.
Well written Neal. Good job.
I am glad I could read your remarks instead of listening to them on your radio program. It would take you at least 45 minutes to get through that material.
That would be FDR. He was suspended by cables in his wheel chair while he drove rivets!
Interesting thing about the GGB; is that no federal funding was involved if I recall correctly. The region raised the funds. Private industry did the financing. Bank of America went out on a limb to get the bond issue done.
Heh! Would actually love to hear that spoken by anyone! Maybe that would shut him up for a while...heh.
SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
There have been some well written and passionate responses to “You didn’t build that.” Glad to see the right unite.
That one sentence may give us enough momentum to see images of Fonzi on water skis dancing in our dreams a year from now.
Which means Obama was explaining why we are peasants. Obama was actually explaining to us his reasons why we live under a system of feudalism and there is nothing we can do about it.
Thanks for posting the video. And God bless the hard working family that built the business.
Classic Collectivism “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.”
This IS about why those who have created wealth should be willing to fork over more. You OWE society for allowing you to succeed.
The problem with this argument is that those who operate small businesses already pay license fees, taxes, permits, etc along their way to the top. Now there’s a majority of voters that are convinced they are entitled to your talents and property. We’re screwed as history has proven time and again.
(in the words of Robert A. Heinlein):
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded here and there, now and then are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as bad luck.
Too funny. I pulled that MIDI today to see if it might be the right parody.
His hatred of and disdain for businessmen is unprecedented. Before a businessman pays himself, he pays wages, unemployment, employee benefits, taxes, insurance, rent, inventory, accounting, maintenance, advertising, loan payments, all kinds of government fees, etc. If there is any money left, he finally pays himself. He is the one taking all the risk.
That would be a good one....
WOW I never heard it put that way. Very nice
This is known as bad luck.
24 posted on July 20, 2012 12:45:06 AM EDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
Most excellent, griswold.
Theodore Roosevelt famously asserted that"It is not the critic who counts . . . the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds . . .