Wednesday, July 25, 2012
You Didn't Build That!
It appears President Obama's remark is continuing to haunt him. “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help … Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive,” Mr. Obama said at the time. “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” If you just take the statement literally, it appears that Obama simply doesn't understand the Capitalist system that has served this nation so well over the centuries. He does have a Socialist mindset in that it is the federal government that creates jobs and, thusly, creates wealth. It is the entrepreneurial spirit of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates that have led to so much this nation and the world can utilize to further their ambitions. Indirectly, President Obama is saying these men are not responsible for their contributions to the world. The GOVERNMENT is responsible. Obama has tried backing off this statement. But, Romney and the Republicans are having none of it. Obama's Bain Capital attacks have proven fruitless. Romney continues to gain traction as he has now moved into a tie with Obama in the key battleground state of Virginia.
Some people are saying the President is correct. Government loans helped men like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs to their ultimate goal. Even that is incorrect. The government has no wealth. It was taxpayer money that provided that loan. Taxpayers like Bill Gates are continuing to help people. But, it was not the federal government as the President likes to insinuate. This time, his Socialist philosophy has gotten him in hot water with the above statement. President Obama believes in "spread the wealth," just as he stated to Joe the Plumber during the 2008 campaign. In other words, spread the wealth to those who are too lazy or lacking in ability to be wealthy. I believe in giving people the tools to help themselves. But, to continuing a welfare state, as Obama has done with food stamps, unemployment benefit extensions and other "free" social services is not the way to get this nation back on good, solid economic footing. It is not fair to the 51% to continue to help the majority of the 49% who get some form of government social service. To paraphrase President Obama, "At some point, you've received enough government assistance."