. . .There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m 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. (Applause.)
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 you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. . .
See, that’s why Obama is so confident about talking the money earned by businesses owners and their employees. You don’t really run your own business, Obama does. He is the one who puts in the 70 hour weeks and takes the risks and borrows money from family. When I was working 70 hour weeks in IT start-ups, that wasn’t me working those hours, that was Obama. That’s why he’s entitled to tax me so much. He was actually working weekends to earn my salary. He has a right to my salary, because I didn’t really earn it.