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Monday, July 23, 2012

"You didn't build that"

Romney has been trying to make political hay from Obama remarks last week about not doing it alone (his comments are virtually identical to Elizabeth Warren's speech a few months ago - see below).  While he did say "you didn't build that," I'm sure he meant, "you didn't build that all by yourself."  (He should have been more careful!) Some people are saying that Obama is against success. Silly, I know.

Tonight, I saw this covered on the Rachel Maddow show - Romney has a new ad with a man bragging about building his business without all that dastardly government interference.  Turns out the guy got a loan from the Small Business Administration and also got defense contracts.

I know it won't penetrate the conservative fog, but I feel like this ongoing Republican argument doesn't hold up - the government does actually help people, and everyone who is successful got some kind of support. Individual success is basically just a cherished American myth.

"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. 

"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." 



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