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By: U.S. Rep. Connie Mack | Posted: July 26, 2012 3:55 AM
Connie Mack

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack

Ever since last week when Barack Obama said, “If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” his far-left backers have gone to great lengths to minimize the damage. One of the most frequent refrains is a call for “context.”

OK, let’s look at the context, shall we?

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.

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.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” Obama said. “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.”

Context may actually make it worse.

Clearly, this was not just some gaffe. This is actually what our president and his staff believe. The leader of the free world does not believe in meritocracy. That’s just mind-boggling. But as much as I would like to know how he thinks he got elected president, wrote bestselling books, and won the Nobel Peace Prize without hard work -- OK, maybe the last one isn’t the best example -- there is a greater question at stake: namely, what do Democrats believe?

On the one hand, their eagerness to insist on “context” suggests that they understand entrepreneurs really do build their own businesses and provide millions of jobs. They rightly see the president’s claims as ludicrous and are trying to walk them back. This makes sense: Many Democrats are business owners themselves. On the other hand, the president was essentially “parroting” a speech made by Elizabeth Warren earlier this year. Big surprise: she doesn’t think small-business owners create growth, either. To her, government is the be-all, end-all of our economy.

So which is it, Democrats? Do you respect our nation’s small-business owners and job creators, meaning that our president has advanced an attack on the fundamental American values of hard work and self-reliance? Or do you support the president, meaning you have no regard for the backbone of our economy and no understanding of how enterprise works? You can’t have it both ways.



U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, R-Fla., is running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Comments (9)

Franklin Thompson
9:12AM OCT 24TH 2012
he strongly through the college entrance examination this the only way to escape serious ugly, mbttrainersinuk.co.uk
John Paul Jones
6:13PM JUL 27TH 2012
Wow, Obama is such a tool. It really is astonishing that a president of the United States can be so wrong about America. Obviously the liberals here are having a twit over Obama revealing his real thoughts about why he thinks government is what makes America great. Too bad that every thing government does is funded by citizens who pay taxes. People do things together but that loses its charm when it is forced by the government. There is no virtue whatsoever in doing something for someone else when one is forced by the government to do so. People need to cowboy up and take care of themselves. When peolple start taking care of themselves and developing a sense of personal responsibility America will start to be great again. I guess I can see why cowards fear that kind of reality.
Frank
6:26PM JUL 27TH 2012
Yes, we understand you want a world of it's all about me, me, me, me, and nobody but me.

Meanwhile, Obama's actually stated view, not reported here, was "The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

Yes, in your world, that's descipable and must be demonized.

PATHETIC. And more politics of the "Big Lie".
John Paul Jones
3:34AM JUL 28TH 2012
The big lie is obama constantly trying to redefine what he meant to say when he was speaking freely. What you seem incapable of comprehending is that I sacrifice for others because I choose to. I also want everybody to be fulfilled and successful. They never will be if they are hampered and "taken care of" by your big government. Don't suggest I want zero government either smart guy. The Constitution outlines what our government needs to be and what it cannot be. Lets follow it. If you suggest that the current state of our government bears any resemblance to what the founders designed, you are the one pushing the big lie...unless you just don't know because your school teachers deceived you. Now dig up some democratic talking points or accusations of racism. I haven't heard that in a while.
Frank
11:26AM JUL 29TH 2012
Most of the founders wouldn't cotton with your selfishness (and it seems I'm almost old enough to have been there!) . . . . I'm sure that first American, Benjamin Franklin, would clearly understand today's America, warts and all, even 200+ years later . . . . what he would likely be saddened by is the political role of religion that some try to make in America today. . . . . saddened, but perhaps not surprised, as he truly understood the frailties of human nature.

Based on the number and type of lost constitutional court cases, it clearly appears to be Tea Party Republicans like Rick Scott, Pam Bondi and the Florida Legislature who don't really believe in, and follow, the Constitution.

Politics of the "Big Lie" is Romney constantly trying to say he didn't say what he previously said, whether about RomneyCare, gun control, Right to Choose, or almost anything else.
Patricia Graefe
7:07AM JUL 27TH 2012
Those four little words will haunt the president-those businessmen/women paid taxes while building their businesses, created jobs for people who paid taxes that help local,state and federal bureaucracies build the infrastructure of our land. The businesses continue to pay taxes; so, yeah, they did build it and continue to do so. The small business person is the backbone of this great country. I just pray that those in this administration would realize it.
Bubbs
3:24PM JUL 26TH 2012
Uh, Mack, what you've written up here is known as a false dichotomy -- and sort of an elementary fallacy a politician who wants to be taken seriously. Both government and business play obvious roles in an economy and admitting it is no denigration to either. See? Context.
Frank
9:10AM JUL 26TH 2012
Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV, you just can't bring yourself to include the whole quote, can you?

Like the far right partisan you are, you just quietly omitted the Obama punchline that was part of that statement: "The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

Maybe you'll remember this very similar speech, also:

"You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities

That sppech was made by Mitt Romney at the opening ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics, 2002.02.08, quoted in Domenico Montanaro, "Romney to Olympians: 'You Didn't Get Here Solely on Your Own'. Who's more self made, businessmen or athletes?

This pig don't fly.

Yes, you are the partisan, pushing once again the politics of the "Big Lie".
wawoo
7:56AM JUL 26TH 2012
What partisan hooey. Mack was born with a silver suppository and the silver accumulation in his bloodstream seems to have affected his reasoning. Mack has earned an overwhelming percentage of mostly false to pants on fire ratings from Politifacr. This article continues his race for the bottom. Why isn't Mack running for Senate from his state of residence, California?

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