Archive for August, 2012
The GOP and the far right are at it again trying to distort the presidents words to make it seem like he is a socialist, capitalist hating fascist (their words not mine). I am all for some one having their own convictions and beliefs but when you deliberately take some ones words and change the meaning and the context that is not only deceit but outright lying. This time it is taking a snippet of what the president said and implying that he means business did not build it themselves rather the government did. Nothing could be further from what he said and misconstrue the main point. The presidents belief and mine as we is that millionaires in this country although they worked hard for what they have they where helped by the infrastructure of this country (roads, financial institutions, schools, consumers). The GOP wants to take “You didn’t build that” and say the president was talking about “your business”. But if you look at the full quote below you can easily discern his intent.
“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.”