One might think that Barack Obama would have learned his lesson from the “you didn’t build that” blowback. He handed Mitt Romney a powerful attack by claiming that small businesses owed their success to government, and that entrepreneurs had nothing to do with the infrastructure that government provides — despite the fact that government only has the capital to build that infrastructure because entrepreneurs risk their own capital to create and expand markets, provide jobs, and raise the tax base. Obama reacted by griping about being taken out of context, and then claiming that he always gives entrepreneurs the credit for their success.
Even after all that, Obama wants to find some anecdotes to push his argument that government should get credit for private-sector success (via Doug Powers at the Boss Emeritus’ place):
If you or someone you know owns a small business, share how President Obama’s policies are helping it succeed: http://t.co/DkUVz59B
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 5, 2012
When growth is 1.5% and joblessness is 8.3% only because millions of people have dropped out of the work force for despair of finding employment, anecdotes are all Obama will be able to offer.
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