Romney on offense, Democrats doubling down on “you didn’t build it”

posted at 9:21 am on July 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Sensing an advantage over Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build it” dismissal of small business owners, Team Romney responds this morning with a new web video, titled “These Hands.”  The ad features a Hudson, New Hampshire family that has owned the same small business for three generations, and ask, “Whose hands built this business?”  The owner has a special message for the incumbent, too — “President Obama, you’re killing us”:

While the Romney campaign rushes to take advantage of the opening from the Obama gaffe, the original author of that argument doubled down on it yesterday.  Elizabeth Warren asserted that Obama was correct in telling small business owners that “someone else made it happen”:

Warren’s reiteration of her statement — which became an iconic and controversial cornerstone of her campaign — comes as conservatives have leapt on Obama for saying “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Warren said during a campaign stop in Dorchester yesterday, “I think the basic notion is right. Nobody got rich on their own. Nobody. People worked hard, they build a business, God bless, but they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build,” she said.

“The rest of us made those investments because we wanted businesses to flourish, we wanted them to grow, we wanted them to create opportunity for all of us. That’s what we do together. We get richer as a country when we make those investments.”

Er, well, so did those small business owners.  In fact, because they generate more tax revenue directly to the locality, small business owners actually have more claim to have “built that” than others.  Both Warren and Obama seem stubbornly ignorant of the fact of the origin of the capital that got confiscated to build that infrastructure.  Without people willing to take risks to create and expand markets, there would be no capital to confiscate in the first place.  Every road and bridge that Obama and Warren use as an example got built because people took risks, created and expanded markets and employment, and generated the wealth that funded those projects.

But hey, I hope Warren and Obama continue to make that argument all the way to the election.  We can have a contest to see how Americans perceive our nation — as a nation of government that creates and tolerates small business, or a nation of markets that funds government.  In fact, I think the competition between those visions is exactly what this election is all about, and it’s good that Democrats like Obama and Warren are finally being honest about it.


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Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES

Did many business owners grow up with government help in the way of housing assistance, food stamps, and student loans? YES

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Okay, so let’s say there are two companies next door to each other. They both rely on all of those things you listed. They draw from the same labor pool, use the same roads, etc. The only real difference between the two companies is that one entrepreneur has a better idea than the other so he is more profitable. By your logic, he really shouldn’t have to pay more in taxes because, after all, his neighbor is using what the commons provides just as much as he is. However, you want to punish his success and tax him more.

Now, to a point by point rebuttal:

Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO

Actually they did in the form of taxes that they paid. You want to give government credit for spending the money it’s extracted from private individuals and businesses.

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

Are you saying that the public schools do a good job on educating students at being good employees? Have you been served in a business by someone younger than 25 lately? Have you ever had a real job? Most people will tell you that their “formal” education was not sufficient to do their job. Many small business owners will tell you that the current generation of young employees is almost unteachable because they’ve rarely been criticized for fear of harming the dears’ self-esteem.

Since the educational establishment is politically left wing, it’s been demonizing businesses and the profit motive for a couple of generations now. I was talking to the owner of a small home window washing business who gets invited to talk to high school students. He asks them why thy want to start a business and they tell him all sorts of “save humanity” stuff and look at him incredulously when he says, “No, you start a business to make a profit”. I challenge very strongly your assertion that America’s government schools do a good job educating young people on how to run businesses effectively. My guess is that in other forums you are critical of MBAs for their pursuit of profit, not their effective educations.

Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES

Again, those business owners pay taxes (often twice, first as a business, then as an individual, and at death a third time with estate taxes). I know this is a hard concept for those of you on the left but we don’t work for public employees. They work for us.

By the way, you do know that we live in a federal system. That most of the things you spoke of, schools, roads, police and fire protection, have almost nothing to do with the federal government and are almost exclusively funded and controlled at the state and local levels, don’t you?

rokemronnie on July 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The quote from BO was “You didn’t build it”. He didn’t even give people who have worked hard for years partial credit for building a business.

Aside from that, yes if I investment my time and money in a business venture, then it is MY doing. Those employees who have helped me are rewarded with what I pay them.

But try to explain these simple concepts to someone who has been immersed in socialist doctrine his whole life, like BO.

Reggie1971 on July 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

All he has is an out-of-context quote from Obama.

inthemiddleoftheextremeleft on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Yet!

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

So it’s obviously fake but accurate.

Chuck Schick on July 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I cannot believe that today’s Democratic Party is actually going to gamble on an American disdain for individual achievement.

This has got to be killing Bill Clinton…

JohnGalt23 on July 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

novaculus on July 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Her being shot out of a cannon would be entertaining. But hard on the cannon, don’t you think. :)

petefrt on July 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Stupidest thing you’ve ever posted here. And that’s saying a lot.

As I pointed out earlier in this thread, the Feds didn’t start building highways until the US was almost a century and a half old. And the government doesn’t actually build the roads now, they pay private companies to build them.

Why do you Hate America?

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

How’s the view up there? Watch out or you’ll get flushed after O’bama eats lunch.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Mitt just referred to the race as a battle for the soul of America. No turning back from this Rubicon!!!

Pest on July 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Obama up by 4 now, according to that clearly liberally-biased Fox News outlet.

Looks like that offense of Romney’s has been really successful.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

You’re cute when you’re desperate.

Some points about that Fox poll you cite.

1. Its margin of error is 3%. So O’bama and Romney are theoretically within 1% of each other.

2. That poll shows Romney gaining 1% since Fox’s last poll. While O’bama is stuck at 45, which is where he’s been since last month. O’bama’s attacks, in other words, are epically failing.

3. Fox’s final 2004 poll showed Bush losing.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Wow, you seem very nervous. Were the poll sample taken 8 hours ago – because the offense is continuing to build.

blink on July 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That Fox Poll was done between Sunday 7/15 and Tuesday 7/17. So it doesn’t reflect Romney’s going on offense yesterday.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

DWS and her husband as it turns out own a lakefront home here in New Hampshire. She’s never disclosed it in any filings.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Red meat. If you run across good documentation, I hope you’ll be sure to post it.

petefrt on July 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Enjoy!

Excerpt:

Newbury, New Hampshire is a quaint little town that’s located in Merrimack County. According to public records, we’ve learned that Wasserman Schultz owns a second home here along with another land parcel. Based on our own public records search, these assets have never been previously disclosed by Wasserman Schultz.(Update-Wasserman Schultz only disclosed the mortgage on the second home in New Hampshire this year, even though there are several mortgages the previous years. If she had a mortgage since 2005, why not disclose it properly as just that, a mortgage. Honest mistake?)

As per congressional disclosure rules, Wasserman Schultz is not required to report either her personal residence or additional properties that do not generate rental income. If Wasserman Schultz were to release her personal income tax returns as requested by her Republican congressional opponent Karen Harrington, these assets would then be disclosed.

-snip-

Why was this not-so incidental piece of information never discovered? Wasserman Schultz signs her name on legislative documents using “Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” but when she signs public records that require her legal signature, Wasserman Schultz signs her name “Deborah Schultz.”

Plenty of photo evidence at the link.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Speaking of Roads, Howie Carr checks in with this nugget today:

So Deval Patrick said there was no money in the budget for Taunton State Hospital, but there is plenty of dough to fix the road to his mansion so first lady Michelle Obama doesn’t have to ride over, perish the thought, a pothole.

Michelle Obama — they don’t call her Mooch-elle for nothing.

But hey, it’s the least we peasants can do for our very own Marie Antoinette. After all, she and Barack can’t go to Martha’s Vineyard this year, what with the election and all.

So they’re bringing the Vineyard to Berkshire County. Before the visit to Deval’s mansion, James Taylor, the island troubadour, the moonbat’s moonbat, will be crooning his ancient soporific ballads at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Don’t you love James Taylor? How does that song of his go, Sweet Baby James?

“The third of August was covered with potholes/So was the road from West Stockbridge to Richmond.”

And so it had to be repaired. Deval insisted. Conehead Road — I mean Cone Hill Road. As for Deval’s neighbors who were patiently awaiting their own repairs … let them eat cake.

Richmond, Va., was the cradle of the Confederacy. Richmond, Mass., is the cradle of cronyism.

Imagine if Mitt Romney as governor had called up the town manager of Wolfeboro, N.H., and asked that the road to his lakefront digs be repaired so that he could entertain … Laura Bush.

At $20,000 a head.

Squirrelly trust-funded demonstrators would have converged on Lake Winnipesaukee, brandishing hand-lettered signs.

“Romney Lied, My Prius Died.”

Rest of story

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

As a person who has built a business, I will tell you without hesitation that I built it myself.

All of those things you listed were there the day before I started my business. In other words, they were there when there WAS NO BUSINESS.

What built my business was my working my butt off for 60 to 70 hour work weeks. What built my business was staying up all night to meet an important deadline and operating the next day or two on no sleep.

What built my business was me, taking a huge leap of faith, going without benefits, taking a big decrease in income in the initial years, holding down two jobs as I struggled to establish myself.

That’s what built my business, punk.

The roads? The Internet? The schools? There were going to be there whether I started my business or not.

And now that I am established, I find myself in the group of people who are paying the highest tax rates to fund those roads, and schools, and other parts of our infrastructure.

And I make those tax payments willingly.

But don’t EVER tell me that I didn’t build my business.

Now, kindly f*** o**.

PackerBronco on July 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“This has got to be killing Bill Clinton…”

One can dream.

sablegsd on July 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

But don’t EVER tell me that I didn’t build my business.

Now, kindly f*** o**.

PackerBronco on July 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Amen, amen, amen! If I could highlight, sequin, sparkle, bold, underline, and sing EVER, I sure would!
Especially love the last sentence.
PackerBearfan : ))))))

herm2416 on July 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

LOL

Hoisted on their own petard!

Nancy Pelosi Downplays Tax Return Demand

Facing questions about why she and other top Congressional officials won’t release their tax returns, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed her previous demands for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release his, calling the issue a distraction.

Get that inthemiddle and Uppereastside? Apparently the Romney tax-records demand is hitting too close to home so Nancy has issued the command to STFU about it.

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Need to cut this down to a 30 sec ad and run in every swing state. Show the guy making his coffee at 4am and getting in truck while the punk thug Obama saying, “I get a kick out of people thinking they work harder…”

Fail!

kevinkristy on July 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Here are four reasons why the Obama-Warren Doctrine is truly vile.

ModernConservative on July 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

But don’t EVER tell me that I didn’t build my business.

Now, kindly f*** o**.

PackerBronco on July 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

As a business owner myself, I couldn’t have said it better. There is nobody that works harder than a new business owner when starting the business and getting established. When my business was new, my family told me I was putting in too many hours, and pushing myself too hard. I explained to them that my business was like a little seedling, and that I had to protect that seedling with everything I had. A few years later, my business was like a sapling. Stronger than a seedling, but still vulnerable. After 18 years, my business is a full grown tree. It can still be damaged and even killed, but it can withstand much more now.

txsurveyor on July 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

People who start successful businesses risk everything they have and work a lot harder than anyone else to create their success. The hardest and riskiest thing they do is figure out how to overcome the obstacles that pathetic mediocrities like you put in their way.
People aren’t successful because of society. They’re successful in spite of society.

single stack on July 19, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Warren said during a campaign stop in Dorchester yesterday, “I think the basic notion is right. Nobody got rich on their own. Nobody. People worked hard, they build a business, God bless, but they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build,” she said.

“The rest of us made those investments because we wanted businesses to flourish, we wanted them to grow, we wanted them to create opportunity for all of us. That’s what we do together. We get richer as a country when we make those investments.”

Who is this ‘we’ you speak of, Warren? Since when are you one of ‘us’? You are quite definitively ‘them’.

Arssanguinus on July 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

After spitting out that vile cake and its vile icing, the only utterance my mouth can form is a question:

Who is John Galt?

Pretty wild MadCon. :) Thanks for the link.

Axe on July 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES

Did many business owners grow up with government help in the way of housing assistance, food stamps, and student loans? YES

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Right, it would be like people praising Einstein for the Theory of Relativity; there were TONS of mathematicians and scientists before Einstein, giving him ANY CREDIT AT ALL is lunacy.

Einstein doesn’t deserve jack squat; other scientists really made that discovery happen… not him. The Ford Automobile? he didn’t thank Ug and Cruk for inventing the wheel so he doesn’t deserve any credit either.

Right?

Or would you like to pretend that isn’t what you mean?

It is what you’re saying; but as we’re learning here liberals get to “redefine what they meant” after they’ve said stupid things… so I’m guessing you’ll want a try at that?

gekkobear on July 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

O, I’m sorry ModernConservative — you aren’t MadCon, you’re ModCon. :) I misread.

Axe on July 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

One of the core issues here is risk vs. reward. Should one reap individual rewards from taking personal risk – that is, pouring one’s assets and efforts into a particular endeavor? Free market principles say yes. Collectivist/Marxist principles say no.
If individuals are no longer allowed to take risks (through excessive regulation) or allowed to reap rewards (due to excessive taxation), no one will have incentive to produce anything, and the collectivists will have won.

Marcola on July 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Only people like Obama and Warren, who never took a personal risk, who never opened or ran a business or met a payroll and who, especially in the case of Obama, quite literally were handed positions or achievements that they had done nothing to earn, would believe that an individual is unable to succeed based on an indvidual’s efforts because they themselve did not! Couple that with Obama’s rampant ego-centrism (“if it is not true for me, it is not true for anyone else because I am the center of the universe”) and it makes perfect sense that he would have a death grip on this as his world view. So, as for his statement being taken out of context, I call B.S.

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Here’s Obama walking back his “you didn’t build it” comment:

“I was brainwashed!”

Sweet_Thang on July 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

They better find God and pray I’m never in charge because they’ll have their first real job. Busting big rocks in to little ones. All these marxist scum know nothing of work. I’ll tell you folks, I’ve about had it with them. A lifetime of hearing the whining is enough. It’s time to kick these people to the streets, and if they starve to death, so be it.

wolly4321 on July 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

President Obama attacks success, and therefore under President Obama, we have less success. And I will change that.

Cut and print. There’s your campaign theme.

Darth Hippie on July 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

“You didn’t build that” will go down in history beside “Read my lips” and “I did not have sex with that woman.”

skydaddy on July 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

By all means double down, Dems. Keep digging. You’re almost there!

This will soooo resonate with the low-info indies (particularly the ones who are too busy working their rear ends off to follow this political soap opera) who will determine the outcome in November. Trust me. I wouldn’t lie to you.

Who’s a brilliant strategist?! You are! Oh yes you are! Yes you are a smart little strategist!

ConservativeLA on July 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

MOST Americans are happy to see Romney move into attack mode. This ain’t nothing yet, we all know the Failed President is bringing a gun to the knife fight SO Romney better bring a Bazooka to the gun fight.

Brushjumper on July 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Wonderful ad.

GO MITT!!

We are behind you 100%

bluegill on July 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Liberal definition of “rest of us”: money taken from those that work.

DDay on July 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

It wasn’t enough for Elizabeth Warren to succeed in academia as a woman, she had to also claim and almost non-existent (in academia) minority status… She is a pathetic, shameless, self-righteous Marxist–just like O!!!

Pest on July 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If you built it, show it here > BP

News2Use on July 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Elizabeth Warren asserted that Obama was correct in telling small business owners that “someone else made it happen”:

With hard earned private taxpayers’ efforts, you worthless cow.

Please, you dumb cows, I really have nothing against you.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Obama sounds like a goon.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Liberal definition of “rest of us”: money taken from those that work.

DDay on July 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Note that the “rest of us” implies those successful business owners who mistakenly think they actually built their own business themselves contributed nothing to building roads and bridges, educating the young, etc.

The truth of the matter is the successful business owners “contributed” much more on average than any of the “rest of us”. They have paid much more in taxes per capita than the “rest of us”. They paid a hugely disproportionate share of the money spent to build and maintain roads and bridges, to educate the young, etc.

farsighted on July 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

My grandfather, God rest his soul, would be glad to know that the business which he founded–and that my father ran for some 30 years–was not built with his own blood, sweat, tears, and money.

Thanks, Obama. Thanks for denigrating my grandfather and my father, two of the hardest-working, most decent men to ever walk the planet.

You don’t hold a candle to them.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

But don’t EVER tell me that I didn’t build my business.

Now, kindly f*** o**.

PackerBronco on July 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

A-to-the-Men.

Obama didn’t say “you didn’t build it ALL yourself”.

Here’s his exact quote:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Got that? Businessmen like Packer and myself WEREN’T THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND IT AT ALL.

This isn’t a gaffe, it’s 110% what this failure believes!

Chuck Schick on July 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build,” she said.

Looking at her examples I am struck that she is both stupider and more ideological and treacherous than she appears at first. This examples aren’t just random — each is rife with her corrupt core of support, the teachers unions, the trade unions and the alternative energy clowns.

And all three undermine her main point, as most business owners could do a much better job than our appalling government at “educating their employees”, building a functioning road system and finding economical power.

Warren is retarded. Harvard deserves her.

Jaibones on July 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES

Did many business owners grow up with government help in the way of housing assistance, food stamps, and student loans? YES

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Listen, you little POS, a majority of countries in the world have paved roads, heck, prolly all of them do, if I hear one more time the fracking ‘but they use the roads & bridges’ argument, I am going to puke….also, most countries have a form of education system in place, cops and firefighters, yet most of them are not and have not been nearly as successfull as the US in general…yeah, a few countries probably have been/are, but they are mostly small countries (population-wise) and with longer history and periods of wealth accummulation than the US, which probably explains some of their success…this goes to show that a giant country like the US had something else going for it that made it so successful, and it aint’t the darn roads, bridges and education system….it is the unique entrepreneurial spirit of the people of this land, their belief that they can dream big and achieve equally as big if they put all their great ideas and talent and hard work in it…and it worked, people believing in themselves and in a system that was so designed by the founding fathers to advance their creativity, ambition and hard work and not to hinder, limit them, this is how most businesses (small and big) have been created here…then the subsequent generations saw that it was a valid model that worked well and emulated it: belief in self, talent, initiative, hard work, imagination, hard work, you name it…did I mention hard work? ..so yeah, this is what makes America singular, not the darn roads and bridges, all other countries have those….and this is what the imbecile currently in the WH deliberately leaves out and fails to acknowledge, without that amazing entrepreneurial spirit and drive America would be nothing, notwithstanding roads and bridges ….ever been in the Arab Emirayes, or Qatar, they have the most amazing highways and bridges and buildings, and infrastructure, would you want to
Iive there, is that a model that the US should emulate? According to that pathetic excuse for a president who occupies the WH currently, this is what makes a country great, the darn roads, bridges and infrastructure…right..so, yeah, bite me, and while at it, go invest and live in Bahrain…and take odumbass with you…

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Obama has openly declared war on success and business. How will he top that from now ’til the election? How do you top openly declaring war on success?

MrX on July 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES

Did many business owners grow up with government help in the way of housing assistance, food stamps, and student loans? YES

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

And I pay taxes for all these things in a far greater proportion than all the wage earners below me.

Chuck Schick on July 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

…take odumbass with you…

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Ignore the little puke. Hers are the opinions of someone who has never done anything on her own in her pathetic, teat-sucking life…as you can see.

Jaibones on July 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Pitch perfect. Cut it down to 60 seconds and run it in all 12 swing states.

LukeinNE on July 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Enough is enough..

Our taxes and our representatives, who we PAY may have provided OUR funds for the roads. WHat else are they supposed to do with OUR Money? WE PAY the government workers with our money.

Without those of us out here busting our butts to build the private economy, the government could not exist.

Also, Obama wants to claim that the government created good through infrastructure, schools and the internet? Well then they can also take ownership for killers and rapists who use the roads to get to their victims, internet porn stalkers, and all the kids in schoool who screw around, quit and are then jealous of the successful.

zdpl0a on July 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The Late Steve Jobs Has A Few Words For Mr No-Jobs

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-late-steve-jobs-has-few-words-for.html

M2RB: Simple Minds, Live Aid, Philadelphia, 13 July 1985

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Without those of us out here busting our butts to build the private economy, the government could not exist.

Also, Obama wants to claim that the government created good through infrastructure, schools and the internet? Well then they can also take ownership for killers and rapists who use the roads to get to their victims, internet porn stalkers, and all the kids in schoool who screw around, quit and are then jealous of the successful.

zdpl0a on July 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Good one, I never thought about that argument that you make in your last paragraph…

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Here’s Obama walking back his “you didn’t build it” comment:

“I was brainwashed!”

Sweet_Thang on July 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

More like this…..

“Mitt Romney used his magic underwear and double-secret decoder ring to Bainwash me!”

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Mitt ran Bain.

Mitt is the Outsourcer-in-Chief.

Yup, we’re still WINNING. =)

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Mitt took a leave of absence in 1999. Now, here are the facts:

Guess, who was making the decisions about GST Steel in 2001, while Mitt was running the Olympics?

Jonathan Lavine

Guess who was making decisions about outsourcing jobs from Sensata Technologies in 2011 — long after Romney left Bain?

Jonathan Lavine

Who is Jonathan Lavine?

He is the Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital, Inc.

Do you know who else Jonathan Lavine is?

He is one of Obama’s top campaign financiers and bundlers. He has raised more that $200,000 in contributions for the 2012 Obama Victory Fund, according to estimates released by the Obama campaign.

At least 5 top executives, who were running Bain between 1999 and 2002 when Mitt Romney was on leave, have donated tens of thousands to the campaign of none other than President Barack Obama…and he happily cashed their cheques.

inthemiddle, if thy name weren’t Lucky Pierre, it would be H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E.

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 6:22 PM

What came first?

Roads and highways – or – the businesses that manufactured and supplied the materials to build the roads and highways?

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Duh!!! Cars

Wade on July 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

You made the perfect argument how the infrastructure that they claim government buile was from taxes of the businesses they disdain.

The problem is that neither Romney nor the RNC nor the PACs are making that excellent point.

It is the taxes collected by government that built the infrastructure and not government by itself.

Without a strong economy, government is powerless to do anything.

BMF on July 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

All he has is an out-of-context quote from Obama.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Oh, please run the entire passage. I’ve read the entire thing 4 times. It is even more devastating in context.

So, please, please, please, with sugar on top…and chocolate sprinkles…and marshmallows…and pistachios…and Oreo crumbles…and chocolate chunks…and Reese’s Pieces…and walnuts…and M&Ms…and chocolate whipped cream…and Irish coffee-flavoured whipped cream…and a cherry…no, make that three cherries…show it in all of its contextual awesomely awesomeness when it comes to sounding like Karl Marx!


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Did I remember to say please?

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

What came first?

Roads and highways – or – the businesses that manufactured and supplied the materials to build the roads and highways?

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Duh!!! Cars

Wade on July 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Strictly speaking, off-road-vehicles. Which is interesting, now that I type it out. Not fractionally as interesting as Resist We Much dissipating a burst of energy — but interesting nonetheless.

Axe on July 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Hmmmm…Nancy Pelosi is singing another tune, downplaying the hhttp://www.rollcall.com/news/nancy_pelosi_downplays_tax_return_demand-216283-1.html?pos=hlnoopla over the demand for more income-tax information from Romney.

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

See, posts like that one are the reason I’ve never hit the big red button on my desk marked “jimver.”

Axe on July 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM

For about a century the “progressives” in the Democratic Party have been trying to hide the fact that their core beliefs are very much in sync with Marx and that they are in their hearts socialists. They mostly just attacked capitalism using Marx’s arguments and stealthily advanced socialist polices in the guise of “social justice” and “fairness” and “caring”.

Now they have a President who is coming out of the closet in an attempt to get reelected.

I hope he, and they, decide the time is right to come fully out of the closet and show the American people what they are really all about.

It would be about time.

farsighted on July 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’m B-E-G-G-I-N-G you!

Did I remember to say please?

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

inthemiddleofobamasbuttcheeks may have an understanding of ‘out of contecks’ like that of Al Shlapton. To him it means, “oops I f’d up when I said that, please delete that piece of videotape”.

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Look – *everyone* benefits from the same infrastructure, police force, etc. Not just people who build their own business into a success. *That* happens *because* those people put in the *extra* effort *themselves* to make that success happen.

The simple fact that you can’t possibly get around is that if what you and Obama are saying is strictly true, then *every one of us* out here would have a thriving successful business of our own.

But we don’t… why?

That’s a rhetorical question, by the way, unless you’re a dimwitted progressive.

Midas on July 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO
Yes they have. There are plenty of companies that started up on the outskirts of towns and paid another company to make roads for them.
Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO Yes they do. They hire people that have the basic knowledge and train them to work for them
Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES
And some of those business’s have their own security force and their own fire department.
Did many business owners grow up with government help in the way of housing assistance, food stamps, and student loans? YES
Name the companies that took housing assistance, food stamps and student loans.

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.
They certainly did do it on their own. No one from the government was there to give them the idea to start or help them while they were working 12-24 hour shifts to grow their business.
inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

There fixed.

ColdWarrior57 on July 19, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Pitch perfect. Cut it down to 60 seconds and run it in all 12 swing states.

LukeinNE on July 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Hell, run it in all 57.

98ZJUSMC on July 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Just saw a new Romney ad on TV – slammed Obummer on Solyndra and the rest of his crony socialism. Beautiful!!!!

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Did small business owners build the road and highways that supply their companies? NO

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

Do they count on local police officers and firefighters to protect their business when they have such a need? YES

Did many business owners grow up with government help in the way of housing assistance, food stamps, and student loans? YES

They certainly did NOT build that success on their own – they’ve had tons of help on the way. Only a person with a huge ego (Republicans) would think they single-handedly created the success they have.

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

There’s a nifty little thing, called the Social Compact; The productive members of each generation fund capital improvements (that’s schools and roads, if you need smaller words.) We do, in fact, enjoy the fruits of the prior generation, and, by building a better neighborhood/town/city, pass that forward to the next.

But, each successful contributor funds the current service level; so, in fact, we who contribute do:
Build the roads
Educate the future workers
Improve the world around them

If this is hard for you to understand, I would suggest you go back and read some John Locke, or some Adam Smith, or some W.F. Buckley.

massrighty on July 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

didntbuildthat.com – funny and more funny

ArthurMachado on July 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM

didntbuildthat.com – funny and more funny

ArthurMachado on July 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Hilarious…any twitter hashtag??

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 4:09 AM

I thought Mitt was on offense, not Team Romney who gave us Sketchy and 0bamacare is not a tax. Oh well…

In other news:

President Obama in Florida: Mitt Romney’s Medicare Plan Leaves Seniors ‘Out of Luck’

I wonder why Romney isn’t on the attack over 0bamaRomneycare today. /s

DannoJyd on July 20, 2012 at 6:07 AM

I can’t believe there are liberals out there still trying to justify these socialist anti capitalist American haters. The business did not build the road or the power grid but if that was the reason this person was able to built a business why hasn’t everyone built a business. They had access to the same roads and power grids.
Liberalism is a mental disease, they are not allowed to think.

pwb on July 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Did they formally educate their employees on how to run business effectively? NO

you might want to take that out, business are finding the the kids they try to employ are generally not capable of doing basic math.

RonK on July 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

inthemiddle on July 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Wow, you seem very nervous. Were the poll sample taken 8 hours ago – because the offense is continuing to build.

blink on July 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That Fox Poll was done between Sunday 7/15 and Tuesday 7/17. So it doesn’t reflect Romney’s going on offense yesterday.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The Fox poll is registered voters, not likely voters. Likely voter polls are more accurate as is Rasmussen with Romney up by 3.

dthorny on July 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2009/10/01/rodney-dangerfields-first-economics-class/

Rodney Dangerfield represents the business side versus Obowma’s position where you are a slave to government.
Watch Obowma’s full speech, no way can he spin it other than business is evil and he wants the American dream unattainable.

dthorny on July 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Obowma to the Founding Fathers: You didn’t build America, you didn’t sign that Declaration of Independence or create that silly Constitution.

Question for the freeloaders on welfare, unemployment or disability or food stamps and support Obowma?

YOU didn’t build those roads or businesses, 49% of the country pay NO federal taxes.

dthorny on July 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Glad to see somebody in the Republican Party on the offense. Keep hammering the Democrats on their stupid statements. Will gladly concede the doubling down on stupidity to the Democrats. They are well equipped for that chore.

savage24 on July 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

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