Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Didn't Build That

"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own," says President Obama, "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Really?  So Bill Gates did not build Microsoft?  Steve Jobs did not build Apple?  Those of you with a small business, you did not build it?

These comments from President Obama reveal his true feelings.  He honestly believes that people do not succeed on their own.  It is only through government that people find success.  This justifies his belief that wealth should be confiscated and redistributed.  Successful people do not deserve the money they make.  It is the gift of government, and thus government may take it back.

Some will argue that Obama only wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for his programs.  This is contradicted by what President Obama told Charlie Gibson of ABC News in 2008, saying that even if those higher tax rates produce less revenue for the government, as has been the case with rate increases on capital gains, the government should take away the money as a matter of "fairness."

I personally believe that this country was created on the idea that hard work leads to success.  It is the American Dream.  Yet, our current President seems to think that the American Dream is a gift of the all powerful government.  Thus, this year's election will decide whether our country will be founded upon personal accomplishment or the advancement of government.  The big question for the voters is, "Is the American Dream dead?"

I found a video and a web site that handles this issues quite well.  The web site is  It applies great humor to this serious issue.  I urge you to have a look.

The video is attached below.  It is a campaign ad for Mitt Romney that really nails the issue.  Take a look.


Anonymous said...

More proof that Obama is a raging Socialist. If he wins again, we are doomed.

Anonymous said...

The statement is false.....We have been doomed for years.....With all the tax breaks for the rich, Why aren't they creating all these jobs the past 3 years????????????????? The right wings keep saying we need this tax breaks to create jobs....Where are all these jobs?????????????

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...


Enough with the class warfare. This blame the rich garbage has to stop.

If you are not happy with your life, it is not the fault of the wealthy. The problems facing this country are not caused by the wealthy.

The problems currently facing this country are based upon over spending and a mentality that government must care for all of us from cradle to grave.

Our great country was founded on the ideals of rugged individualism. We were founded upon the idea that individuals can achieve great things. Unfortunately, the prevailing thought in Washington now is that anyone who succeeded or worked hard is the enemy of society. Those who have earned wealth must turn it in to the collective to be consumed by those who sit on their ass and do nothing.

We must drop this socialistic concept and get back to being America -- home of the free and land of the brave, before we become just another failed socialist experiment.

Johnson Humphrey Democrat said...


You and I both know that tape was edited.

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...


The tape was not edited. Those were his exact words. President Obama said it and now has to live with it.

Anonymous said...

This is out of context...he was referencing the social contract theory...

"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.
"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."

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...


I will respond by quoting Mitt Romney. "The context is worse than the quote."

The social contract theory is nonsense.

Every business that exists has all of those things including those who fail. The businesses that succeed do so because of individual effort and determination.

Second, the Internet was not invented "to make money". The Internet was created for the military. Private individuals come up with ideas to make a profit using the Internet.

Third, whether you like it or not, President Obama said "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." He was not talking about bridges as he now falsely claims. His comment was that if you built a business, you do not deserve the credit because government is the reason why you succeeded.

His comments and context are Marxist, socialistic, and un-American.