“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Obama said. “Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet, so then all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”As is their wont Republicans seized upon the President's words to divide the American People. Because the GOP places Party over Country and Profits over People every single time.
Even today a month later Mitt Romney is walking around Iowa claiming, President Obama thinks he's sooooooo great and that you didn't build it!
The sad, completely dishonest and shockingly myopic quailty of those suckered in by the flim-flam snake oil selling Romney and the Republican Party is highlighted by the venue the GOP choose for their WE BUILT THIS Convention.
The GOP Convention is going to be held in the Tampa Bay Times Forum Arena, which was heavily subsidized with tax-payer money. $86 million (62%) of the initial $139 million was tax-payer welfare. Just like Hank Steinbrenner and the Hundreds of Millions of welfare he received for Yankee Stadium III and the $300 million in welfare the billionaire Rickett's Family wants to re-build Wrigley Field.
Now the Republicans don't care because they know their stubbornly stupid, blantantly racist, battered and duped voting base doesn't care to know facts or simply side-steps the cognitive dissonance associated with being a moocher by ignorning or justifying their actions.
Jack Gilchrist, a businessman who stars in the "On His Own" ad for Republican presidential candidate Mitt R-Money, claimed in his ad:
“My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company?”Of course, Jack Gilchrist conveinently fails to mention he's taken over $1.5 million in government loans since the 1980s, including $800,000 in tax-exempt bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to build a new manufacturing plant and buy equipment.
Gilchrist also received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan of around $500,000 in the 1980s, and said that to this day about 10 percent of his business comes from defense-related projects.
Iowan Farmers receive millions in farm subsidizes every year from the Government. But, this can easily be rationalized. It's never Socialism when you're receiving Government Money it's only when those other people do!
UI political-science Associate Professor Tim Hagle said of the "You didn't build that", “It struck a nerve among the small business community and fit right in with the message that Republicans are trying to portray [during this election].”
So, this is going to be the theme of the Republicans in 2012. They are going to play to the rationalization aspects of their voters and massage their egos. Two-faced, Hypocrisy, Shameless Lying, Rationalization core components of the Republican Party.