Skip to comments.Obama Certainly Built His Own First Term
Posted on 07/19/2012 6:28:58 PM PDT by Kaslin
American history is full of memorable campaign lines, from President Ronald Reagans speech on A time for choosing, to Senator John Kerrys convoluted: I voted for it before I voted against it. Unfortunately, President Obama just unleashed a whopper that will stand the test of time, mostly because it accurately summarizes his entire first term.
Speaking before an audience in Roanoke, Virginia, Obama said that, 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 businessyou didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen."
What a head fake: Just when you think Obamas going to genuflect to the Founding Fathers for creating a system of government that allows free markets to thrive, he insists that your small business was made possible by government spending.
This quote perfectly bookends Obamas entire first term. Think about it: Anything good that happens is thanks to the governments bold actions. The stimulus, the auto bailouts, and most importantly, the Affordable Care Act, are examples of Obamas one and only solution to a broken economy: expanding government without limit.
In an ad that American Future Fund (a group I founded) released last week, we asked whether Obamas policies have made Americas economy better or worse. By his own metric, his presidency has so far been a failure. Not a single one of his big government policies has lowered unemployment.
What do you expect from a politician who viewed his brief stint in the private sector as being like a spy behind enemy lines. According to Obamas worldview, value cannot be created without the help of government involvement, while jobs cant be destroyed without the menacing hands of private sector CEOs.
The trouble with Obamas philsophy is how it perverts the American idea. The success of business does in fact rely on others -- but those others are customers, the free market, and the fortitude of individual investors willing to assume great risk to create the goods and services people want to buy.
Instead, in Obama's mind, business works more like the failed solar company Solyndra the risky enterprise that got half a billion in loan guarantees from the federal government or like a federal contractor winning a nobid contract. On this foundation of sand, the Obama economy is built.
To Obama, it doesnt matter that his economy is unsustainable. He acknowledges this, even in the course of arguing for greater taxes on those he calls the rich -- people who make $200,000 or more a year.
Yet he ignores that those filing earnings above $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers) include more than a million small-business employers who pay their taxes through the individual income tax.
In other words, he is taxing the real engines of prosperity to pay for the programs that keep government humming. Or, more succinctly; hes robbing private sector Peter to pay public sector Paul.
Well, two can play at that game. If youre one of the millions of Americans counted as part of the eight percent unemployed, you didnt get there on your own. Somebody else made that happen. And hes running for reelection.
The man is an complete economic moron.
Now, being a moron is OK; I have morons in my own family, and I love ‘em all.
But we don’t give ‘em direct access to the bank accounts, or hand them the car keys, either.
But there doesn’t seem to be much we can do about getting them to stop voting Demonrat. They’re morons, after all; what can we expect?
But we sure wouldn’t let any one of ‘em run for President, for cryin’ out loud. Too bad this guy doesn’t have any family to keep him under control.
And wait till he gets his second term.
This is all the warm up.
The delivery will happen in the second term.
That’s a good one! I like that. I was going to post that on my Facebook but some of my friends that may be democrats may steal it and post it on theirs. They would take it seriously. HaHa!
Thanks. Not mine. Do with it as you please.
When I first heard Obama say (in a news report of the incident) “If youve got a businessyou didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen,” I thought, what an idiot.
Then I read the Dem’s “out of context” explanation and, at first, it seemed like Obama’s critics were, in fact, taking it out of context, and that clearly (well, maybe not so clearly, but likely) he was saying that business owners had to rely to some extent upon infrastructure that was provided by others. So I thought he’d been sandbagged.
However, taking the entire quote in context, as he and his supporters urge us to do, makes it apparent that Obama thinks government is the driver of a business’s, and any particular individual’s, success, not the individual drive of the owners themselves, nor the worth of their ideas. This is such a corruption of the American ideal that in some way it’s fitting that it’s encapsulated by the exact statement he made: “If youve got a businessyou didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Taken by itself, it isn’t what he meant to say, but it is nonetheless clearly what he truly believes, so the statement by itself is not so easily dismissed. The saying “hoist by one’s own petard” seems quite fitting here.