If You’ve Got a Government — You Didn’t Build That…Somebody Else Made That Happen.

Romney hits back today at a rally in Pennsylvania:

Nice line:

Liberal policies don’t make good jobs.

New Romney ad:

 

 

17 thoughts on “If You’ve Got a Government — You Didn’t Build That…Somebody Else Made That Happen.

  1. He’s not going to fix it, and I don’t think it’s because he can’t understand the economy, I think he just has a different ideology. The sad thing is that B., G, and Wills are in essence, voting him back in.

  2. I can guarantee the POTUS that my business is a success because of me:
    1. I hired the people that did good work and kept us employed.
    2. I paid those workers every cent they had coming plus extras for doing a good job.
    3. I hired sub-contractors to do the jobs my crew weren’t good enough at accomplishing to my requirements.
    4. I paid those sub-contractors every cent they had coming plus extras for doing a good job.
    5. I located and purchased the right materials for every job that guaranteed the customer the best deal for their dollar.
    6. I paid those material suppliers every cent they had coming.
    7. I have paid every cent of Federal Income tax that I was required to pay for 44 years.
    8. I have paid every cent of property tax that the State of Fla. has said I owed ever since I bought my first property in 1980, and all 12 of the ones after that.
    9. I have never claimed a tax exemption and have therefore paid every cent of sales tax required by at least 8 states where I have done business.
    10. I have invested millions of dollars over my career life in projects that made my business a profit and helped many others pay their bills.
    11. I have several hundred former customers that have continually re-hired my company whenever they needed something built.
    12. I have done very well at living up to my goal on every job: To leave every job with the customer and I friends, them happy with the job we gave them and me happy with the payment they gave us.
    Several people besides myself have helped my business become a success, but it wouldn’t have made any of the aforementioned people, states, counties or businesses a cent without my being there with a checkbook.

  3. First of all, Obama didn’t mean that the businessman didn’t build his business, Obama meant that the businessman didn’t build the roads, somebody else did That!

    Now, wanna guess who said the following?….

    “There are a lot of people in government who help us and allow us to have an economy that works and allow entrepreneurs and business leaders of various kinds to start businesses and create jobs. We all recognize that. That’s an important thing…. I know that you recognize that a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the banks, the investors. There’s no question your mom and dad. Your school teachers. The people that provide roads, the fire, and the police. A lot of people help.”

    Hint: more proof that B is right as rain about who is throwing whose vote away!

    • Sorry, Greg, but Obama has had 5 days to retract his words and he STILL has not done so. They spin doctors are trying to slime his way out of it for him, but it is NOT working – not this time. This time, he showed the whole country how un-American he is at heart.

      OBAMA SAID WHAT HE MEANT AND MEANT WHAT HE SAID! Period, end of story. Now it’s time for him to live with it.

          • reprinted from above for your convenience…

            “There are a lot of people in government who help us and allow us to have an economy that works and allow entrepreneurs and business leaders of various kinds to start businesses and create jobs. We all recognize that. That’s an important thing…. I know that you recognize that a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the banks, the investors. There’s no question your mom and dad. Your school teachers. The people that provide roads, the fire, and the police. A lot of people help.”

            You can see him say the words, if you go to Rachel Maddow’s blog.
            http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/19/12830947-romney-echoes-obama-line-on-public-institutions

            Romney starts echoing the C-i-C around 1:30 into the clip

            Just to clarify, I object to Obama’s line “you didn’t make it happen”. He should have added ‘alone’ to the end of that statement.

    • I was going to reply but B already had – Professor Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has another good point:

      TIM CAVANAUGH ON THE DEMS’ BACKPEDALING: How “You didn’t build that” became “He didn’t say that.”

      What do you do when everybody’s claiming your president said something, and you just know he didn’t really say it, but all the video and all the audio and all the transcripts show that he did say it?

      This is the dilemma faced by supporters of President Obama in the long wake of last week’s “You didn’t build that” speech. . . .

      The popularization of Derridaian post-modernism since the 1990s has generally been a lot of fun, turning mainstream Americans into sharp observers of signs and meaning who are sure that either there’s nothing outside the text or everything is outside the text or both. But at some point it helps to look at that thing above the subtext, which is generally known as “the text.” Up to this point the presidential election has been Obama vs. Obama Junior. With “You didn’t build that,” which his campaign has made no effort to clarify or redirect, the president has drawn a line in the sand.

      There is no nebulousness here. Beyond the paragraph quoted above, Obama calls government spending “the investments that grow our economy.” He ridicules the tendency of Americans to brag about being hard workers with a variant of “So’s your old man.” (“Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.”) He instinctively names “a great teacher” when looking for somebody to credit for causing success in the working world. The president has boldly presented his view on how an economy works. His supporters should give him the respect of taking his words seriously.

      Well, they would, except for their strong intuition that those words will lose.

      Plus, from the comments: “The most obnoxious aspect of Obama’s speech isn’t even the contempt he expressed for individual accomplishment. It’s the crass, sad attempt to appeal to communitarian emotions, even though the small-scale communities where this spirit flourishes are largely populated by the ‘bitter clingers’ he despises.”

      Also: “They’re in a panic because Obama stupidly said exactly what he and each and every one of them is thinking.”

  4. When Obama said “You didn’t build that” he meant the roads! C.mon guys! Misrepresenting his words may rally your base, but independents are going to shake their heads at such moronic and feeble attempts to attack the President.

    And try reconciling your indignation with Romney’s statement, which is just as collectivist as Obama’s.

    “There are a lot of people in government who help us and allow us to have an economy that works and allow entrepreneurs and business leaders of various kinds to start businesses and create jobs. We all recognize that. That’s an important thing…. I know that you recognize that a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the banks, the investors. There’s no question your mom and dad. Your school teachers. THE PEOPLE THAT PROVIDE ROADS, the fire, and the police. A lot of people help.”

    • When Obama said “You didn’t build that” he meant the roads! C.mon guys! Misrepresenting his words may rally your base, but independents are going to shake their heads at such moronic and feeble attempts to attack the President.

      That is NOT what the man said, Greg. Here, listen again:

      He is not saying that businesses didn’t build the roads (which they actually did because they paid taxes), he is saying the business owners didn’t build their own businesses. I understand this is difficult for you who support this man, but – sooner or later – you are going to have to start accepting that the guy is EXACTLY who we are telling you he is. He proves it every time he goes off prompter.

    • This “There are a lot of people in government who help us” is a far cry from “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”.

      I don’t think that anybody is saying that government doesn’t have a role in economies, just that it is a support for success, not the reason for it. Correlation is not causation. Romney also said that “the people” provide the roads, indicating that he understands that the taxpayer gave the government the money that built the roads in the first place.

      • “I don’t think that anybody is saying that government doesn’t have a role in economies”
        usually it’s a negative role………..they stymie more business than they help produce.

  5. I think it is immaterial whether he is speaking about the businesses or the roads. His message is exactly the same – you can’t succeed without government help and even if the government gives you “help” that you didn’t ask for, if you somehow succeed, you owe the government.

    But as B and I have pointed out, so what if government built a road, or a bridge or a canal? They built it with money that was first taken from the taxpayer (or financed by government paper that had to be redeemed by the taxpayer). If I pay you to act as my agent and you act on my behalf, it was still my money that caused the action to happen.

    There is no chicken and egg here with respect to the government and the people – the people came first. Government and citizens are not co-equal, they are not partners – our government owes its very existence to the citizens.

    Obama’s meaning is clear.

  6. NOTHING that the govt has ever done is completely the result of them trying to help businesses or people in general. It is almost always the way to get MORE TAXES. If the govt builds roads, the can justify charging more taxes to pay for them. If the govt builds bridges, they can charge tolls to make more income to spend on their pet pork projects.And when the govt is the purchaser, usually the costs of building roads, bridges & things like airports are close to twice the price they should have paid. This helps pay back their supporters for their campaign contributions. A perfect example is the new Bay Co. airport priced at $315 million.

    I can’t speak for all businesses, but I can tell you that absolutely nothing that the govt has changed about governing the construction business over the last 40 years has HELPED me BUILD my business. Every year they raise license fees, permit fees, building requirements and everything else and unfortunately all these increases are passed along.
    If the govt wants to help people like me build my business, they can force all the illegals to play by the same rules I must obey.

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