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Socialist-in-Chief: “If You’ve Got a Business – You Didn’t Build That. Somebody Else Made That Happen.”

July 18, 2012

I hate being put in this position. Obama says something stupid, the republicans pounce on his every word, and I reluctantly side with the republicans. Don’t get me wrong. Obama is an ignoramus of the highest regard. I just don’t like being in the same boat as the republicans. Been there, done that. Listening to Mitt Romney’s “Believe in America” second grade doublespeak seems to lower my IQ by the minute.

But this has got to be one of Obama’s dumbest remarks. Spoken by the divine king himself::

“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 hardworking people out there.”

So Obama thinks people aren’t successful because of supreme intelligence or immeasurable hard work. It’s because they got lucky. No Steve Jobs, you don’t deserve any praise or admiration or respect. You were just a product of probability. And what made his “luck” possible?

“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.”

I saw that one coming from a mile away. Yes, the government made it possible to think and create and innovate. Public schools make it possible for kids to learn and grow intellectually. Roads and bridges allow the framework for the free market to operate. The internet (which only the government was capable of creating, of course) deserves all the glory of entrepreneurship. Yes Mr. Obama, the government makes all things good and worthy and virtuous.

I can only imagine what Obama would be saying if government was granted the responsibility of providing food to its citizens. The reason you’re still alive? Government. Ha! That proves people can’t survive without government, right? Obama’s operating on the exact same mode of logic.

If you impose a host of government services on the population, the vast majority of people will use them. The money’s already been forcefully extracted from society. And as the case is with roads, there’s no alternative. It’s nearly impossible to avoid the roads on which 40,000 people die each year.

But that’s no justification for forcing people into the system in the first place; the private sector would been able to accomplish significantly more. And considering the egregious quality of these government services, crediting government for the successes of entrepreneurs in the free market is like crediting a pedophile for teaching kids about the dangers of premature sexual activity. It’s a moot point.

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