by John Hawkins | July 17, 2012 3:57 am
Here’s Barack Obama channeling Elizabeth Warren about how all of those: awful successful people in America owe the government all of their money because it built roads and street signs.
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.
To begin with, it’s not as if wealthy Americans aren’t already giving something back. In fact, they’re giving so much back that: rich Democrats like Denise Rich are fleeing the country: so they can give less back somewhere else.
It’s also intriguing that in the process of telling successful people not to forget about teachers, stop signs, roads, and street lights, etc., which every American benefits from, he seems to forget that the government was only able to build those things because of the taxpayers. Every dime Barack Obama spends on his vacations, his golf outings, on encouraging more people to use food stamps, or to hire new IRS agents to go after Americans who don’t dance to his tune under the new health care law – all of that is paid for through taxes. Moreover, those services are of such low value that the government doesn’t even have the guts to ask almost half of Americans to pay any income taxes to cover the expenses. In other words, we’re to the point where Obama has to try to incessantly get more out of rich Americans because the poor and even many middle class Americans don’t think the services the government provides are worth the money.
Last but not least, it is true that the government played a role in creating the Internet, but it had almost nothing to do with the Internet growing into a massive worldwide force. In fact, the most significant thing the government did to help along the growth of the Internet was to take a hands-off approach. Thank goodness it did. If the government were as involved in the Internet as it is in medicine or banking regulations, computers wouldn’t be good for anything today except playing PONG and chatting on bulletin boards.
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