Obama says that small business owners didn’t build their own businesses

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It’s right on the White House web site, cached on National Review:

. . .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.

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10 thoughts on “Obama says that small business owners didn’t build their own businesses”

  1. What angers me about this speech (I read the thing in its entirety on the .gov site) is that he tries to level the field of talent and exceptionalism. He’s essentially saying, “All of those guys who are talented and work hard? Well, that guy in Public Works works hard too so he is just as exceptional as the guy(s) who came up with eBay and Michael Jordan.” No Mr. President, he’s not. That guy in PW works hard, I’m not denying that, but he’s not as talented or exceptional as Jordan and the eBay creators. Now, we are all equal in our natural rights, but we aren’t equal in talents; we’re just not, but guys like Mr. President want to level the filed of talent that sets us apart as individuals. One of the essential points of collectivist philosophies is to make us all equal in talents, not just our natural rights. That makes me mad.

    I don’t care that guys like Steve Jobs and Lebron James get lots of recognition and praise for their talents. I think talented people should be rewarded! They give us cool things like gadgets and awesome sports entertainment. Yes we all work hard and hard work should be rewarded, but we must recognize that there is going to be a person who can do something a lot better and more creative than us. There’s nothing wrong with that.

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  2. No. THIS is what he said: “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.”
    Without MY tax money to build roads, create a communication infrastructure, educate the workforce, no business could survive in this country.
    But, you know that’s what he was saying. You just need something to counter his very cogent argument, despite how disingenuous it might be.

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    1. Yes, any time there is a disruption of access service in my town like upgrading a street or sidewalk, all of the businesses effected complain: “this is killing my business!” and/or “business is down by x%!” If they were doing it on there own a street being repaved would make no difference to their businesses.

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    2. There was a minister who visited a woman who he knew to be proud of her garden. She took him out back to see it. Indeed, it was magnificent – an explosion of colors and flowers, carefully groomed and planted to bring delight to the eyes and fragrances that seemed heavenly.

      The minister turned to the woman and said, “Gladys, it is certainly an inspiring thing that you and the Lord have done with this piece of land.”

      “Thank you, Reverend,” “she replied, “but if I may say so, you should have seen what a dump it was it when only the Lord was tending it.”

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  3. We all read EXACTLY what NOMOBAMA said and it does not matter who built what road. No one helped my business thrive but my personal dedication and bottom line – my hard work. No one gave me anything and certainly not NOMOBAMA. It’s like saying my great great great grandfather is reponsible for my personal success in my business today. IT IS RIDICULOUS! I built my company. Not my great great great grandfather. Not NOMOBAMA. Not the people collecting unemployment and on welfare milking the system. Me with my own personal savings, my hardwork and continuous dedication. PERIOD. I pray to God that the same idiots that voted last time do not re-elect this fool.

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  4. Ok then, This must mean that I can just walk right out of this office right now and someone from the government will keep my business going just as though I was still here.

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