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15th July
written by Sean Noble

President Barack Obama spoke at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia on Saturday.  It was a long and typical speech, but he wandered into some territory I haven’t heard from him before.

We know that he views the economy differently than most Americans – he clearly separates the private sector with the public sector.  He truly believes that more government spending to hire more government workers is actually economic growth.

And this speech offers a little more insight into Obama’s outlook.  The most stunning line was this: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”

So for all of those hard-working folks who created a business, you really didn’t do anything.

Here is the section of the speech:

     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.

His notions of the economy would be funny, if the consequences of him winning a second term weren’t so dire.

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  1. shannon hunsaker

    I’m pretty sure Elizabeth Warren already gave this speech.

    Give me one, ONE example where he separates private and public sector? Other then wall street privately gives donations to his public campaign.

  2. Sean Noble

    Uh, Shannon – how about this:

    Here is the context of that quote:
    “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.”

    He clearly separates the private sector and the public sector – he thinks that less government spending at the federal and state level is “hurting” the public sector.

  3. David

    The Romney Campaign Needs ALL of the following:
    [1] A Stronger Offense to stand up to lies and distortions from the “Left”!
    [2] Start Attacking failures and broken promises of Obama using Obama’s own words!
    [3] A simplified outline mapping out exactly what he plans to do to:
    A) Lower Taxes, improve the economy, and create jobs.
    B) Help small business be able to grow become profitable.
    C) Outline eliminating unnecessary and restrictive government regulations for businesses.
    D) Use doctors and professional medical experts to expose the falsehoods of Obamacare.
    E) Initiate Tort Reform and improve the medical system to keep good doctors.
    [4] Show some rage, anger, and determination once in a while to show the American people
    that you mean business and share their frustration. It has to come from the heart.
    [5] Pick an Exciting, Smart, Strong, and Qualified Vice Presidential Candidate and start
    delivering effective campaign addresses and talks across the nation! Time is critical!
    [6] Put Obama on Defense for a change!!!

    You’re in the boat, Mr. Romney – Please start Rowing it and SOON!!!

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