REALITY CHECK The Government Didn’t Build That Either!

REALITY CHECK The Government Didn’t Build That Either!

Note from Andrew:  Today I’m pleased to present the second article in a periodic column by my friend Roger Reality.  Roger has been a key mentor in my life particularly with regard to critical thinking and analysis, and as you will see…he speaks with passion.  Enjoy.

President Obama has been actively and correctly bludgeoned for his passionate, bold and philosophically accurate (for him) statement in Roanoke, VA claiming that businesses are not built by those that start, own, manage, build, expand, sell and/or fail at them but rather by “somebody else”, by which the President meant, in context, the government.  This claim is truly and staunchly held by the President and virtually all other Socialists, Communists, Collectivists, and the various in-bred philosophies that they have spawned.  At their core, these philosophies are fixated on a massive, bloated, inept “governmental apparatus” collecting from its subjects (money, liberty, self-reliance, guns, etc.); monitoring its subjects (speech, religious views, electrical consumption, carbon footprints, “inappropriate” political views, medical care, etc.); and dictating to its subjects (how much and to whom “charity” is provided, the property you can own, who provides medical care, and many thousands of other aspects of life through laws, regulations, and policies designed to give Government control over virtually every facet of life).  I will defer an examination of that Reality for a future column but it is germane to grasp how automatically and convulsively President Obama extolled his belief that government, not business owners, not “hardworking people” as he called them “built that”.

What surprises, baffles, and angers me about the fierce media debate and advertising melee that ensued is that no one that I have seen or heard has properly framed the actual fatal flaw in Mr. Obama’s statement and thus logic!!  Mr. Obama’s claim is as ludicrous as it is disrespectful!  The traditional media have utterly and probably intentionally missed the point!!  The Reality is that even the “roads and bridges” that the Obama Administration and campaign ultimately pointed to in order to explain the President’s comments WERE NOT BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT!!

Every road, bridge, power plant, factory, school, and YES government building, was constructed (built) by BUSINESSES!!  Every single worker on every single one of the millions of projects that have been “built” in this mighty nation for at least 75 years worked for a BUSINESS!  Every miner, steel worker, truck driver, construction worker, farmer, restaurant worker, were hired by a business owner to work for him/her on whatever business they could find, including some paid for by the government but NOT built by the government!!  The lawyers, politicians and bureaucrats in Washington and elsewhere were NOT out at dawn pouring concrete and laying steel for Mr. Obama’s “roads and bridges” those were, in fact, the actual “hardworking people” he mentioned and then promptly dissed!!  The Reality is that BUSINESSES build things, even those that the government pays for, and any suggestion that those people “owe” their success to something other than their own labor, intelligence, luck and low bids (for those G jobs) is an intentional insult and shameful disgrace!

Mr. Obama would have been much more accurate in his speech had he stated, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, without negotiating the myriad paperwork, red tape, hassles and economic drains that I and so many other politicians have emplaced in our relentless effort to achieve the utopian paradise that can only happen through total centralized planning and control.”  At least that would have been Real!

That’s your Reality Check!



Text of Obama’s statement from major media sources:

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back,” the president said. “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,” he said. “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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