During a campaign stop of Friday in Roanoke, Virginia Barack Obama insulted entrepreneurs and business owners as he spoke about government being what made them what they are. He gave an open handed slap in the face to every entrepreneur in America, and did so with a smile.
Obama claimed that the success of business owners was not that of the owners, but of government “investment” in infrastructure and other projects. “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back,” Obama 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,” he continued. “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.”
While it’s true that all of us have had help in our lives, for none of us would be where we are without people investing something in us, all of that was voluntary. This is something Barack Obama is not willing to tell you. In all of his speeches who gets the glory for his alleged success? He does. He doesn’t point to government as what got him where he is, does he?
The same is true with business owners. Government is not the reason that businesses grow and thrive. While the people who begin them have had people invest in their lives, again, those investments were voluntary and often because the person investing in them loved them. All of that had absolutely nothing at all to do with government.
His claim that the internet was “created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet” is just bogus. The internet was not created for that purpose. It was created so that the Department of Defense researchers could share information with one another and with other researchers.
In short form, Barack Obama simply wishes to dismiss the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners and demonize capitalists. He has always been a government hand out kind of guy and has lived on the government dole for the majority of his life. He knows nothing of being an entrepreneur, nor what it takes to manage a business. He certainly has shown he has absolutely no idea how to govern a nation.
Barack Obama would do well to inspire people to greatness, but instead of inspiring, he demoralizes. He wishes he could tell more stories, but we all just wish he would shut up, pack his bags and leave for a country where such thinking as his might be better suited, say Russia.