As more videos continue to come out on Barack Obama’s days before he became President of the United States, it seems that he has quite a lot to answer for and the state run media has quite a lot to answer for as well. A recent video from 2005 has surfaced in which Obama claims that Americans in the private sector who have achieved financial success dis so due to “blind luck” and a “generation of women doing someone else’s laundry and looking after someone else’s children to get you here.”
These statements came on September 17, 2005 at the Harvard Law School Association “Celebration of Black Alumni” Award Luncheon.
He also argued, as he does now that government should play a larger role in health care, retirement and national infrastructure.
In referring to the free-market system, Obama said “the other side has an easier job because their argument is essentially what is, you know, labeled the ownership society is actually pretty easily articulated. It says, ‘We are all in it by ourselves.’”
“So if you’ve got a health care problem we are gonna set up a health care account,” he continued. “We’ll put $5,000 in it, and from that point on you are on your own. You worry about health care inflation.”
“Retirement? Retirement account. Figure out how much you can save. It doesn’t matter that your wages haven’t gone up in four, five years. It doesn’t matter that you are being squeezed by all sorts of costs from $3-a-gallon gasoline to the costs of higher education for your child. You figure out how to save.”
Continuing in the vein of the “You didn’t build that” comment, Obama went on to say, “There’s a certain attractiveness in its simplicity, that idea (ownership society). And it’s particularly attractive, I think, for those of us who are successful, because it allows us to be self-congratulatory and say, in fact, the cream rises to the top.
“You know. Look how well we did,” he said mockingly. “Everybody can do what we did. Denying the role of blind luck that played in getting everybody here. Or the sacrifices of a generation of women doing someone else’s laundry and looking after someone else’s children to get you here.”
Obama then sings the praises of government in the market place. “Where there [are] market-based solutions to problems we embrace market based solutions. But the market fails sometimes and where it fails we have got to help people because that is what has always been done. You know the railroads didn’t just appear.”
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