Barack Obama’s Bizarre Business Views

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 17, 2012

From a speech over the weekend:

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.

(Emphasis mine.) If the claim here is that enterprises are collaborative efforts, then this claim is about as banal, trite and hackneyed (pick your adjective) as any that one can find.

But if you have got a business, and you devoted blood, sweat, tears, and/or money to building it, you most certainly did build that business. There may have been others who assisted in that effort, but it’s wrong to say that some mythical “somebody” made it happen instead of you. (Of course we all know that the “somebody” in Barack Obama’s universe who supposedly is responsible for the creation of all good things is the government.) And if you did build a business–one that puts food on your family’s table, puts a roof over your family’s head, and does the same for all of the people you created jobs for–then you most certainly deserve credit for your creation.

And you will get that credit from most people. Unfortunately, you won’t get it from this president. Who by the way, is running for re-election, and wants your vote.

I wrote on Twitter this past weekend (here is my feed. Follow it) that Barack Obama’s comments on business creation are more scandalous than anything that Mitt Romney has said or done. I see no reason to back away from that comment.

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