Mr. President: When will ’somebody else’ build my business?

There was a lot of buzz over the weekend, stretching into today, about these remarks President Obama made during a campaign stop Friday in Roanoke, Va.:

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.

Well, that’s not so controversial, is it? I’ve had some success in my career in journalism, and I am in the habit of referring to the great teachers I had (in college and before), the great upbringing I got from my parents, and some favorable timing/circumstances along the way. Certainly, there are a lot of successful people who want to “give something back” and do so — to churches, their alma maters, to civic organizations …

Wait, what’s that? Obama wants to steer the conversation toward government? Well, I’m not exactly surprised.

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.

OK, I mentioned teachers, too — although Obama does not differentiate between those in public schools or, like his own daughters’ teachers and his own college professors, those in private schools. (I’m a public-schools product myself.) And it has become routine for Obama to harp on the roads and bridges as if that’s necessarily something the federal government must or should be involved in.

But that wasn’t enough for Obama. As the saying goes, he went there:

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.

Now, if you’re expecting me to slam Obama for that comment — and the idea that government’s role in the creation of the Internet means every online entrepreneur should get down on his knees and thank government, or gladly hand over whatever amount of her profits government thinks she owes it — you’re going to be disappointed today.

Nope, my question is: Where’s mine?

If “somebody else” is going around building these businesses for people, when do “they” make it to me? I’d love for “somebody else” come “make that happen” for me. I mean, a business doesn’t “get [started] on its own!”

So … when should I expect “somebody” to call and make the appointment for handing off this new business, Mr. President?

– By Kyle Wingfield

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I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 16th, 2012
1:09 pm

Pol Pot would be down with this sentiment.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

I wonder if obozo believes in Angka too?

What Angka giveth, Ankga can taketh away, just sayin..

Unless of course you throw foreign trash out of the white house.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

July 16th, 2012
1:16 pm

The sad part is that the very people he lauds as being responsible for the success of others – the teachers – are the ones who are responsible for the significant segment of this population that will believe this Liar-in-Chief’s line of bull.

Halftrack

July 16th, 2012
1:19 pm

Is Obummer saying it took, Acorn, Soros, Unions, graveyard voters,et al. to give him the Presidency. He didn’t do it his way.

John Galt

July 16th, 2012
1:25 pm

When we have had enough of this babble from Obama?

He must be feeling very guilty about the income he is earning since it was due to the efforts of someone else. I suggest if he really believes what he says, he would give it all back immediately.

Odds of Obama giving back his income? Slimmer than winning the Powerball Lottery.

md

July 16th, 2012
1:32 pm

The man is merely laughable at this point……..by his logic, those that created this great nation had to of had help from some form of gov’t……Lewis and Clark must of been following the yellow brick road through the backcountry previously paved by Obama’s ancestors………

His excuses have gone to the next level…………

Gordon

July 16th, 2012
1:37 pm

When a business succeeds, we are to give back to government over and above the taxes we paid. But when a business fails, does the government make us whole? Does all the work and effort that went towards nothing except possibly a leaning experience ever get repaid?

The president completely ignores the fact that it is risk and hard work as well that produces highly successful people.

md

July 16th, 2012
1:38 pm

Makes one wonder if the man even wrote his own books……….did someone do that for him too?

Of course that really is a question rambling around the internet, but one would think it to be true if the man says folks don’t do squat on their own…………..

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
1:41 pm

Typical Republicanism.

Every successful person in America has had a ton of help on the way. In the obnoxious Republican mind though they made it all by themselves. And everyone else is a freeloader who just wants to mooch off them.

In real life the roles are reversed. Its often the poor who work two and three jobs for low pay and probably no insurance. While those with means like Romney and Bush are given every handout, every door is opened wide. They have it very very easy.

You wanna know something about the two candidates know this.

Romney was born rich. He probably got his first Swiss bank account before he turned 18.

Obama not so long ago paid off his student loans. In 2004.

Big difference.

dc

July 16th, 2012
1:41 pm

dang….he must’ve deviated from the prepared text. “Where is my teleprompter, damnit!!”

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

Maybe the heat got to obozo and there were no paralegals around to help him out?

joe

July 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

Just about the most idiotic thing this president has said yet…and that’s really saying something with all the horse hockey pucks coming out of his mouth…how anyone can still want to vote for him is asinine…

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

July 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

“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.”

This is the “thinking” that has killed the America which was once the greatest nation on the face of this Earth.

East Lake Ira

July 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

I see the whiners are out in full force here today.

Businesses are not created in a vacuum. They use the fruits of government spending to create wealth for themselves and have a duty to “pay it forward” to future generations.

Get over yourselves. Taxes are now at an historically low level. Suck it up and pay more.

JDW

July 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

@Kyle…”So … when should I expect “somebody” to call and make the appointment for handing off this new business, Mr. President?”

You remind me of the preacher that drowned once upon a time.

You see there was a flood and most people left in the area including the preacher had climbed to higher ground to await rescue by boat. Shortly a rowboat (interstate highway system) came by and invited the preacher in but he responded no, no the Lord (lower taxes)will save me.

Later the water had risen higher and the preacher found himself on the roof of the porch and a much larger boat (defense spending) happened by. Preacher preacher, they shouted grab this ladder and climb up. But the preacher replied no on the Lord (lower taxes) will save me.

Finally standing on the roof with the water up to his nose a helicopter (The Internet) came and dropped a line. Preacher preacher they called down grab the line and we will pull you to safety. But the preacher replied no no the Lord (lower taxes) will save me.

Of course he drowned. When he got to the Pearly Gates he angrily asked St. Peter how could you let this happen? All my life I have supported the Lord (lower taxes) and now in my hour of need he has abandoned me while those less pure were saved by boats and helicopters (opportunity created by others).

St. Peter replied, you stupid $*& we sent you interstate highways, out of control defense spending and the internet…can’t you see opportunity when it bites you on the @$$?

There is your business Kyle. All you have to do is stop worshiping the false god of lower taxes (Grover Norquist) and open your eyes to the opportunities that others have created for you. It would also help if you were more appreciative.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
1:43 pm

Good to see you are quick to jump right on the Fox News talking points too Kyle.

Its an Election year and you have your marching orders.

Gimme Gimme Gimme

July 16th, 2012
1:44 pm

What a total *facepalm” from the POTUS. Did Elizabeth Warren write his speech?

@@

July 16th, 2012
1:45 pm

I’m thinkin’ he should have started his campaign later in his presidency instead of the first day of. His brain is short circuiting…turning to mush, if you will.

Common Sense

July 16th, 2012
1:45 pm

The message is always the same and very clear from your POTUS.

You have no “right” to what you yourself choose to do or not do.
You are responsible for everyone else.

Thus, we have the perfect argument that individuals do not matter nor count in any manner.

To be significant, to be defended, one must be part of a group.

To be defended by this POTUS one must be a member of a specific group.

Individual accomplishments and rights worthless.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
1:45 pm

The GI Bill

Boy that never created any opportunities for anyone.

Gimme Gimme Gimme

July 16th, 2012
1:46 pm

“It would also help if you were more appreciative.”

*Facepalm” 2.0

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

July 16th, 2012
1:47 pm

Outsource the GOP

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
1:48 pm

You have no “right” to what you yourself choose to do or not do.
You are responsible for everyone else.

Where did he say that ???

Its sort of like Al Gore saying he invented the internet.

Guess what. He never said that either.

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

July 16th, 2012
1:48 pm

Mitt Romney the junk bond king..Vote OBAMA 2012..

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

July 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

No more tax breaks for outsourcers.

Dearie

July 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

JDW

July 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

REALLY?????

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

July 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

Deport Mittens..

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

July 16th, 2012
1:50 pm

“Did Elizabeth Warren write his speech?”

Silly, rabbit. Everybody knows Elizabeth Warren plagiarizes all her submissions . . . ;)

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
1:50 pm

Bain is going to sink Romney anyway.

That and his unreleased tax returns. Wanna bet there is a reason he doesn’t want you to see them. LOL

Fat Lady isn’t singing but she is warming up.

Del

July 16th, 2012
1:52 pm

We need to understand that Obama never built a business, therefore it should be understandable why he doesn’t fully understand the elements that go into it. In fact the president is so ignorant on the subject of building a business that he doesn’t understand why his policies have been an impediment to expanding sufficient business activity that would significantly lower our current unemployment and heal our economy. We should understand the presidents lack of private sector experience and help him by voting him out of office this November so as to remove the burden of this ineptitude from his shoulders.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

July 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

Actually, the Liar-in-Chief does have a point.

A business owner has to work 80-100 hours per week just to counteract the negative effects of a government gone amok.

So her or she is NOT alone. They have a boat anchor tied to them from day one and every day thereafter.

dc

July 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

of course he said this…because if it’s not really yours, he can take all of it that he wants!!!

Mandingo

July 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

Kyle, is it my imagination or are 90 % of your blog articles about Obama did this , that or the other and it is causing problems for a Johnny Reb somewhere in America ?? Why don’t you write something specific to Georgia politics and outcomes for the state ? Is this the Atlanta Journal or the Fox News Gazette ?

dc

July 16th, 2012
1:57 pm

this’ll sure help entrepreneurs, who are responsible for the vast majority of the job creation in this country, want to put their families money at risk, and work vast hours building a business and hire people…………oh, you think it won’t? I wonder why we have so few jobs. amazing how that works (or doesn’t)

dc

July 16th, 2012
1:58 pm

ahh, when the idiot in chief steps on his dxxx, it’s time to change the subject, huh. too funny

DawgDad

July 16th, 2012
2:00 pm

Having a President so disrespectful of Americans and taxpayers as to utter those words does indeed represent true “change”. This is the face of tyranny – this is how tyranny gains a foothold. It CAN happen again, and it WILL happen here in America if we don’t stand up and be counted.

md

July 16th, 2012
2:01 pm

“Businesses are not created in a vacuum. They use the fruits of government spending to create wealth for themselves and have a duty to “pay it forward” to future generations.”

Pure hogwash…….those “fruits of gov’t” are also available to any and all, yet any and all don’t go out and risk their savings on creating their own business………

People actually make that choice when they choose one of 2 things……….the perceived security of working for someone else, without laying out ones own expenditures, usually comes with benefits, and sometimes allows one to work 8 hrs and go home……….OR, venture out on their own with none of the aforementioned securities in place………

Now, go make your choice and live with it and quit the hogwash about owing anybody anything…..

DawgDad

July 16th, 2012
2:05 pm

… and be careful what you ask for, Kyle. Remember, Government wanted everyone to own a home . . .

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

July 16th, 2012
2:05 pm

Mandingo, maybe you should consult the archives for all of Kyle’s articles on Georgia ethics reforms, TSPLOST, ans especially on his articles covering all the ballot questions we’ll be voting on in a few days.

Or maybe you should just head elsewhere if you don’t like the subject of his articles.

So, yeah, it is your imagination.

md

July 16th, 2012
2:08 pm

“Its often the poor who work two and three jobs for low pay and probably no insurance.”

And how many put themselves in that position? How many chose not to participate in the opportunity called school? How many do more vs just go to work and go home?

I was there, worked three jobs, poor as dirt……but guess what, that wasn’t enough. I also put myself on the forever plan and paid myself through college……..

Too many think just working 3 jobs is going to be all it takes to get somewhere. And that depends on the individual (and the job) and whether that individual is willing to continue to invest in themselves……if not, they will forever just work 3 jobs………

Just saying..

July 16th, 2012
2:09 pm

Tiberius – pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed
July 16th, 2012-1:42 pm: This is the “thinking” that has killed the America which was once the greatest nation on the face of this Earth.

Curious: Where does America rank, today, in your eyes?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

July 16th, 2012
2:11 pm

“Pure hogwash…….those “fruits of gov’t” are also available to any and all, yet any and all don’t go out and risk their savings on creating their own business………”

md, this point of yours needs to be hammered home to everybody. Excellent job!

Aquagirl

July 16th, 2012
2:11 pm

Why don’t you write something specific to Georgia politics and outcomes for the state ?

The T-SPLOST isn’t specific to Georgia? Do you think Kyle plagiarized his last post from the Topeka Capital-Journal?

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

July 16th, 2012
2:12 pm

Rick Santurom said it best . Mittens is the worst possible canidate for the GOP con machine… hahahaha….losers..

Thomas Heyward Jr.

July 16th, 2012
2:13 pm

Hero of the day and…………………………..Speaking of “Business”.
Since when is it a Federalies “business” to snoop around in Georgian’s coolers——–
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From the AJC————–
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Authorities say a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranger is recovering after being repeatedly punched in the face while patrolling a park at Lake Lanier.

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Tim Rainey, the Corps’ operations manager at Lake Lanier, said the attack on Sunday comes after the agency had to reassign shoreline rangers to working the parks because of increased rowdiness and crowds.

Hall County sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks told The Times of Gainesville that the ranger attacked Sunday was patrolling Burton Mill Park when he saw people with alcoholic beverages in a prohibited area. While issuing a citation, the ranger was punched several times before ending the assault by deploying pepper spray.

Authorities say the ranger was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, but was not seriously injured.

Deputies arrested Charlie Brown Jordan, 24, of Suwanee, and took him to the Hall County Jail, where he was charged with obstruction of an officer.
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Please donate to FreeCharlieJordan.com
or………………send commisary payments to Hall County Jail.
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Nip it.Nip it….Nip it.

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

July 16th, 2012
2:13 pm

GOP is anti america..

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
2:14 pm

And how many put themselves in that position?

Very very few. I dont know anybody who ‘Chooses” to be poor

They just didn’t get all the doors open and a silver spoon like Romney.

Congrats on your hard work. I’m sure you got alot of help along the way.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

July 16th, 2012
2:14 pm

JDW, we’re all anxiously awaiting your defense of Obozo’s “you didn’t build that business” comments.

This must be one of those jobs Americans won’t do. There are Democrats who will give it a try, though.

And no, I’m not implying that Obozo supporters aren’t real Americans. I’m flat out saying it.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

July 16th, 2012
2:17 pm

I also put myself on the forever plan and paid myself through college……..’

Sounds like Obama . He just paid off his students loans recently too.

I wonder when Romney worked three jobs ? I wonder if he had to get a student loan ?

dc

July 16th, 2012
2:18 pm

what’s terrifying is that, something tells me that these idiots who are currently running our country have no idea how this type of strategy and talk is killing the creation of jobs. I can just see them sitting up there cluelessly wondering why, after spending so much money in the way of the Porkulus “stimulus”, job creation has been so abysmal. Why in the world aren’t “greedy capitalists” putting their money at risk of failure, and working 80-100 hours a week? I mean, all we’ve said is that we the govt deserve our share (say…..75%??)

It’s clear they have NO idea how jobs are created…at least ones that can actually bring value, and make the money that they can then suck off of to fund their govt programs.