Thursday, July 26, 2012

Do We Look Stupid, Or What?

The honchos of two Tampa businesses got their bloomers in a bunch over President Obama's recent comments about how even the most successful business owners didn't make it alone, that they were helped by others, including in some cases those in government.

The owners of A.D. Morgan — a construction firm and Value Enterprise Solutions —an information technology company, both frothed at the mouth over Obama declaring, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." These two business creators were adamant that they had absolutely no help bringing their respective companies into existence, and they were simply beside themselves that Obama could say otherwise.

It should also go without saying that these two Romney supporters never bothered listening to the whole speech. When the entire section of the speech is included, it's obvious what Obama's point is. "When we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together," Obama said at the same Virginia event.

Elizabeth Warren, an American bankruptcy law expert, Harvard Law School professor, and Democratic Party candidate in the 2012 United States Senate election in Massachusetts got vilified not too long ago for saying essentially the same thing:

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory."

That, I believe, was the point Obama was making. Of course, like the Romney campaign, if you cut and slash enough, you can make anyone say most anything, no matter how distorted or down right false.

Jon Stewart, please help us sort out this mess.

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