Obama Tries to Clarify His Comments about American Entrepreneurs

PRO-BUSINESS OR PRO-SOCIALIST?

by Sharon Rondeau

Does Obama believe in privately-run small businesses, or is he a "big-government" proponent?

(Jul. 26, 2012) — On July 13, 2012, Obama gave a campaign address in Roanoke, VA, in which he said that entrepreneurs did not build their own businesses.  “Somebody else made that happen,” he said.  “You didn’t get there on your own.”  Taken from the White House website:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, 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.  (Applause.)

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=192oEC5TX_Q&feature=related

Obama led into the comments about entrepreneurs by saying, “Not every government program works the way it’s supposed to.” Obama insisted that no one in America is “on your own; we’re in this together.”

In communist societies, the government owns the means of production, and small businesses are rare.  Communists call each other “comrades” and see themselves as part of a whole, rather than as individuals.

During the Cold War era following World War II, there was fear of a “communist conspiracy designed to take over the world” which some claim was well-founded. Since Obama has been in office, the banking, health care, and automobile industries have been largely taken over by the federal government.  Obama had promised to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” during the 2008 campaign.

The Washington Times described Obama’s remarks as “taking a shot at the business community.”

Following Obama’s campaign speech, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney produced an advertisement adamantly rejecting Obama’s perceived denial of their hard work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jozoBqL-eMM

Romney said that Obama’s approach is “very different” from the Clinton administration.  “He’s trying to take work out of welfare requirement.  It is changing the nature of America…”  He said that our rights come from God and quoted from the Declaration of Independence.

Obama has claimed that his comments were misunderstood, stating that the Romney advertisement is “flat-out wrong.”A new campaign ad depicts Obama saying, “Of course Americans build their own businesses.”  However, he states that money must be put into “education and training, roads and bridges, research and technology,” which would presumably involve the federal government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0yK5NakN2o

Bill Gates, one of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs and an Obama supporter, did not need education to become successful.  The federal government did not assist him in building Microsoft, but rather, filed a lawsuit against it in 1998.

Does Obama “stand behind” entrepreneurs, or is he against entrepreneurship?  As a former member of the New Party, which aimed to instil socialist ideology in theory and practice, did he stand for capitalism or socialism?

In 2010, Obama said that “companies like Solyndra” would be the “true engine of economic growth.”  Solyndra filed for bankruptcy last fall after Obama’s stimulus bill awarded it $535,000,000 in a “loan guarantee” which now will not be repaid.  More than 1,000 people were laid off as a result of the Solyndra example.  Some of Solyndra’s investors had raised money to help Obama’s election in 2008.

Obama’s campaign deputy campaign manager said that “Together, Americans built the free enterprise system that we all benefit from.”  Cutter claimed that Romney would “cut investment” in infrastructure and education, upon which small businesses allegedly rely.  Cutter accused Romney of “flagrant hypocrisy.”  At the end of the video, Cutter asks that it be shared “not just your friends who already support the president…Thank you for your help.”

 

3 Responses to "Obama Tries to Clarify His Comments about American Entrepreneurs"

  1. Veritas   Monday, July 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    With O’s prowess for TAQIYYA he can claim to be a certain religion while being an adherent of another; he can claim to be a citizen of one nation and really be one of another or possess multiple citizenship claims; he can claim to be Pro-Israel and really hate it; he can claim to “love” America and truly despise it; he can claim that Obama SR is his father, while it may be someone else; He can claim to be born in Hawaii and really be born far away.

    TAQIYYA:

    Read an insightful piece Pam Geller’s ATLAS SHRUGS website on 14 February 2012, titled “The Lies,Deception and Taqiyya of Suhail Khan.”

  2. gigclick   Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    All the “White Haters” and Black Power Muslim’s could easily be given tickets right back to Africa where they will receive the “better treatment” they so think they deserve. Actually, I have worked with real Afrikaners and they are very kind and intelligent people, at least the ones I have known. There are good and bad in every group, as we all learn in life’s experience. Most of these blowhard bigmouths we find in America would not be tolerated in Africa and would probably meet an untimely death after shooting their mouths off to real people of Africa. So, if they hate America, whoever they are, they should go back to wherever they came from. One of my African friends had to watch his father murdered in front of his home by rebels as he stood there with his mother, brothers and sisters so he left Africa to come to America. We don’t need another Idi Amin as leader of America. There are many good “African Americans” that have served in or retired from America’s Military that are qualified, talented and ready to “legally” serve as POTUS. It is not a “color thing” as so many try to push off. It’s about experience, being vetted as Constitutionally Eligible, loving your country and having grown up in America-knowing the country you serve, wanting to serve the “people”- not yourself, wanting to stand up for the “Constitutiton” as it was written-not obfuscating it, not belonging to a party that only knows serving itself at any cost. Bari Shabazz is none of the above and is a failure as a usurper and criminal that has refused to release all his papers to tell the truth to America and used taxpayers money, $3 million so far, to pay Perkins Coie the DNC Seattle Law Firm to hide his legal paperwork from the public and America with the help of Nancy Pelosi who falsified DNC papers to 50 states certifying Bari was “Constitutionally Elligible” to serve as POTUS. He has brought a dark cloud and burden to many “African Americans” that looked for a leader and not just “color” voters but got a liar and usurper who has not delivered anything but corruption, that is not what “the black community” needs or anyone elses “community” especially in a dead economy that he aided to collapse so the Democrats could steal as much money as possible and mislead America while they are doing it. I might be a fool but I ain’t dumb. Treason, Perjury and Election Fraud are the charges.

  3. 2discern   Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    The impostor is not only a fraud but a dumb one. The roads came after cars were privately invented, manufactured, and made available to the public. In addition, who do you think paid for the roads? Government does not make money they steal yours. When you think of the free enterprise system and what built America it was/is the best business friendly model for growth.

    Ask questions like where is all the tax $$ from every gallon of gasoline going? or the license plate fees? car registration fees? those were all implemented to pay for road development and maintenance. There are city budgets that pave roads that are perfectly fine roads just to maintain funds flowing to labor unions and company contracts. The recent O’Keefe video of shoveling dirt and returning the same dirt back to the same hole with government $ is the exposure of our pathetic leadership in DC. Multiply that corruption by thousands X thousands and you understand why we have $1.5 trillion deficit. And with nothing to show for it except a crumbling economy.

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