I know I can always count on you, Justin, to serve as a counter-point view to such a partisan posting. And while you and I differ often on politics, you know I greatly appreciate your presence. It keeps things real.
Most of what you posted was helpful, Justin, in identifying the innuendo present in Bill Whittle's piece. That's probably the most disappointing part of it all. Often the most damning and compelling part of his presentations aren't what he says, but what he doesn't say.
Jason Rees wrote:
It was a beautiful lead-in. He nailed one of the President's most damaging gaffes, and used it as a springboard to attack a vulnerable president's history.
I have to agree with Jason here, Justin. The most damning part of the piece isn't Bill Whittle's words. It's the words of Barack Obama himself. To someone who is the son of a late independent business owner (two highly successful start-ups) and lived through the highs and lows of all that, Obama's words are patently offensive. They elicit a visceral response in those who have fought the good fight and are some of the few who have won it.
What you probably aren't aware of is most people in this country own or work for small business. Not Fortune 500 companies... not government... but small business. Even large businesses like Microsoft and Apple started as garage operations. It is what's uniquely good about this country. It is why such a small country (population-wise) is responsible for such a disproportionately large percentage of world economic activity. The Darwinian economic model we call capitalism produces things people want and businesses that survive without government support. And the exceptions to that rule like Chrysler and more recently GM are propped up long enough to fail again in the next economic downturn. And fail they must. That process ultimately produces goods and services that people want at a price that middle class families can afford. That process helps maintain a median standard of living that is equal to none in this world short of countries like Saudi Arabia which are pumping all their wealth out of finite resources underground.
People want to take Obama's "You didn't build that" to mean that he thinks they didn't do any hard work at all, when it's plainly obvious he was talking about the roads and bridges he had just referred to.
You are "plainly" wrong. Go back and see the video clip again.
If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get that on your own. You, you didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think ‘Wow 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.’ Lemme tell you something; there are a whole bunch of hard workin people out there.
Again... it is Barack Obama's own words that are so patently offensive.
Independent business owners don't work on a 40-hour week clock like most people. Whether it's the Vietnamese woman who cuts my hair or my father who started two businesses, they work as many hours as it takes to keep the business afloat. Or else... And they are risk-takers. There are very few in this country willing to put their hard work and their dreams on the line and tempt fate. Most would rather their employer worry about all that.
I work for a Fortune 100 company, Justin. I put in 60-80 hours a week over long stretches. When I'm away from home - 6 weeks at a time - I work 7 days a week.
When I was in graduate school and was one of the 3 out of 33 who got a PhD in my class, I succeeded because I was able to get 3 to 5 hours of sleep a night over a three year period in order to survive the culling process. I would teach karate classes until 11 PM and then go into the lab and get on the lab computer until dawn when nobody else in my department was willing to do that. Everyone else was complaining about the measly amount of time allotted to them during "normal" hours. Abnormal effort separated me from the pack and allowed me to succeed where smarter people than I failed.
Obama's desperate protests that his anti-business rant was taken out of context are betrayed both by that very context and because they are a part of a piece -- just one more component of his war against the American entrepreneurial spirit.
He would have us believe that his words "you didn't build that" referred to roads and bridges and not businesses.
Given his accompanying statements -- "you didn't get there on your own," etc. -- that is an absurd construction. But even if that's what he meant, why would he have felt compelled to point out that businesses don't succeed without access to roads and bridges? Do roads and bridges ... connect the population to failed businesses?
- Obama: I Defy You To Believe What I Said About Business
Therein lies the kicker, Justin. Obama believes in a Federal Field of Dreams. They believe that the federal government builds it and they (small business) will come. That's classic socialist (as opposed to free market) thinking, Justin, and reason for Bill Whittle's piece and allusions to Communism. In this country it's the other way around. Businesses are born and succeed which create the tax revenue to build the roads and bridges and the oversight to set the rules as competition happens.
You do understand where the philosophical argument goes, right? If you believe in a Federal Field of Dreams, then you believe that wealth redistribution is good. You believe in central planning which was the hallmark of the Soviet system. If you believe in free market principles with minimal government interference in that free market, then you ascribe to principles which let the market - and not the government - pick the winners and losers and create a flexible and evolving playing field. And you believe that high taxes and over-regulation stifle that which makes us what we are. Instead of "doing good", it chokes the goose that feeds golden eggs to the federal beast. Global competition makes all that a stark reality. When it comes time to buy diapers and cars, a lower middle class family isn't all that patriotic. Cheaper and more dependable = survival.
Obama's own words expose his personal beliefs.