The Fake Outrage Ginned up by Republicans Over President Obama's Small Business Remarks


 

The Fake Outrage Ginned up by Republicans Over President Obama's Small Business Remarks
 


26 July 2012 at 11:18:37 AM
salon

While Mitt Romney continues to not let people know what's in his income tax records (Let Them Eat Cake!), he either is the dumbest person on the planet or is deliberately playing to people too lazy or dumb to watch what Obama actually said about small business.

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Here's the transcript from whitehouse.gov


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There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  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 hardworking people out there.  (Applause.)

     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.

     The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. 

So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together.  That’s how we funded the GI Bill.  That’s how we created the middle class.  That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam.  That’s how we invented the Internet.  That’s how we sent a man to the moon.  We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President -- because I still believe in that idea.  You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.  (Applause.)

I agree with this. Here's the video from Cspan

From the ad

Those ads taking my words about small business out of context; they’re flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own business. Everyday hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run.

And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has. By investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology. I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message because I believe we’re all in this together.”

Republicans really don't want to give credit for us all working together, that businesses do not use government, public services at all? Makes it sound like Republicans believe in a dog eat dog world, every man for himself, and ignoring anything that comes from a common pool, ie, taxes.

Plus, what the fool? Mitt Romney believes the SAME THING. Well, sort of, except that he wants to cut back on public services like fire protection.

This is what gets me. Look at how he quotes Obama out of context and then he says the SAME thing as what Obama said. Mitt Romney is dishonest. This is not, as Jon Stewart said, a gaffe, but a deliberate attempt to gin up false controversy. Shame on Mitt Romney

And it's not a matter of a small business owner "owing the government" but people acknowledging that we Americans work together and there are many parts that help, including those that build the roads or the the ones that created the internet, etc.

One more thing. Turns out that in Mitt Romney's ad where he had an irate businessman griping about Obama and small business, that THAT guy had government help.That would be Jack Gilchrist

Oops, except that Gilchrist took government money

Gilchrist, in the commercial, said it was his family who deserves credit for the developing the business.

"My father's hands didn't build this company? My hands didn't build this company? Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it? It's time we had somebody who believes in us, someone who believes that achievement should be rewarded, not punished," he said.

Gilchrist told the Union Leader that his argument is not "compromised" by the fact that he received the bonds and added that his legal fees for the bonds amounted to $12,000.

"It was a loser and I wish I had never done it," he told the paper. "I bought some equipment with it."

In addition, he said that his company received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan totaling "somewhere south of" $500,000 in the late 1980s, according to the Union Leader.

In fact, for some reason, Romney keeps picking people to use as examples who DID get government help. From Polk, FL

The campaign held a morning event to highlight A.D. Morgan Corp. and Value Enterprise Solutions as Florida small businesses that became successful because of the pluck of their owners and the benefits of the free enterprise system.

Government, in other words, had nothing to do with it.

But the Romney campaign couldn't have picked more puzzling examples. Far from not needing big government, the Tampa companies have embraced government and benefited from it.

According to its website, A.D. Morgan — a construction firm — has received at least $150 million since 1999 for work on government buildings, prisons, schools and libraries. The figure represents only the total from the fraction of news releases that included a dollar figure. The company lists more than 130 projects that it has completed; nearly all of them are in the public sector.

Doesn't Romney even CARE that he looks dishonest?

 

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