Monday, July 16, 2012

Obama - "If You’ve Been Successful, You Didn’t Get There On Your Own"

If he had stopped their, he probably would have been ok. Most people, though certainly not all, had a supportive spouse or parent they leaned on to help them on their way. Obama did not stop there. Obama insinuated, if not outright said, that the only reason people are successful is because they are lucky and because the government. Hard work, intelligence and perseverance, apparently irrelevant. This line of attack did not work for Elizabeth Warren, and could easily become the 'spread the wealth around' gaffe in the run up to the election.

"In a Friday speech in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama attacked the idea that the wealthy get that way on their own. From the Real Clear Politics partial transcript:

[L]ook, 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.

Jazz Shaw tagged this part of the speech in a post on Saturday, and noted that President Obama is taking this part of his speech almost directly from the mouth of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
This is a fantastic campaign line. Or, rather, it should have been, but as Jazz pointed out it fell down around Warren’s ears. Perhaps the rhetoric couldn’t stand up against the facts, such as the following:


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