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For a Touted Communicator, He Sure Messes Up a Lot

July 19, 2012

 

Taking a valid concept too far, President Obama has done it again.  While independents like me tend to think there isn’t much difference between Dems and the GOP, he proves me wrong.

The whole quote that has the Internet and talk radio on fire: “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.

So much of that is 100% true.  No one is successful by themselves; there were people, teachers, capitalism and infrastructure contributing to the achievement.  I don’t think anyone would dispute that. 

Okay, wait, maybe he misspoke.  Truthfully, I thought so; I figured this was another thing talk radio was blowing out of proportion.

No, in the greater context, Obama reveals his real agenda. “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 hard-working people out there…” 

What he left out were those working hard AND smart who had the right idea at the right time. 

But really, had he left it at that, I wouldn’t bat an eye.  But that hard and fast “If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”  completely undoes it.  He’s removed the business owner completely.  On the other hand, that means I can blame him for my failed business….

I’m not one of those people who think Obamacare is socialist.  It isn’t; it’s totalitarian.  But in the above quotes, he justifies taking from the successful and giving to the government not because they can afford it but because they had nothing to do with their success—their money belongs to everyone else. 

An honest assessment of himself, certainly, but again his logic is skewed.  The valid portion of the quote indicates why the successful person should contribute to his community and those institutions and people who contributed to his success, NOT to the government who spends money capriciously.  

In fact, although I’m against corporate taxes, if you have to tax companies, how about putting all corporate taxes in an account from which only infrastructure and unemployment is paid WITHOUT displacing the usual amount that goes to these things.

I still don’t think there’s much difference between Democrats and Republicans, but I do think there is tremendous difference between Obama and the both parties.

 

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  1. July 23, 2012 8:39 pm

    I heard the speech again, and while I doubt it since the guy is supposed to be brilliant, it could be possible he had an antecedent problem. “If you’ve got a business. You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Maybe the first “that” refers to the roads and bridges Obama spoke about just prior to the sentence. Our previous president went to new lengths to abuse the language. Of course, this president made fun of him for that, so such a dreadful fracture of the language would be all the more ironic.

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