Barack Obama: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’

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Barack Obama’s socialist rhetoric has hit a new low, a terrifying new low, and has compelled me to rant. The following is an excerpt from a recent speech at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia:

…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…

Ok. You’re right Mr. President, I did not get to where I am today without the help of others. I was fortunate to grow up in a supportive family, have solid role models, and attend half-way decent schools. I understand that many Americans are faced with greater challenges than myself. We can agree that life isn’t fair. Some Americans may have more opportunities than others, but every American has the opportunity to live a successful life, unaided by the US government. Professional and financial success is about seizing opportunity and always making the best of your situation. There are countless examples of “fortunate” Americans who waste opportunities and “less fortunate” Americans who seize opportunities. Entrepreneurs and successful business people not only take advantage of opportunity as it presents itself, they also create opportunity for others to take advantage of. When the government takes the fruits of the “fortunate” and redistributes it to the “less fortunate” they prevent the creation of more opportunity. Hand-outs DO NOT create opportunity, hand-outs destroy opportunity.

Obviously, this is pure pandering politics, and I’m sure the “poor me” population at this pathetic political rally loved it. It’s truly sad. Until those who believe this non-sense wise-up and take responsibility for themselves, they will continue to be “unfortunate.”

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  1. War Frat Eagle Hey

    No Mr. President, my family and myself have been successful because of pure hard work. We have never received a handout, stimulus check, or a government backed student loan. It is possible to become successful without Big Brother looking over your shoulder. Good, hard working people have been doing it for generations. When you “help” the lower class, by giving them money, you take away the incentive to work, and you punish those who have put in the extra time and hours to get to a higher social class by making them pay for the poor. Also, how is it possible to claim that the government supports business when we have the HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX IN THE ENTIRE WORLD? Obama can take his socialist agenda and shove it.

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    • ROFLcopter

      We have the highest statutory tax rate but when adjusted for effective rates, our corporate tax rates are below the world average, so your theory on that is patently false.

      Also, just because you never “took a handout, stimulus check, or student loan” doesn’t mean you haven’t used other gov’t provided services that make your “success” possible, like police protection, roads, etc. Nobody has done it on their own in America, we all use gov’t produced and provided goods.

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    • LetTheBigDawgFrat

      Stop with the “roads, police, etc.” bullshit. Unlike Universal Healthcare, I’m pretty sure public roads have been around for a couple thousand years or so. Also, you’re forgetting the 10th amendment.

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    • MOMOgotMojo

      The difference between the “public roads that have been in use for a couple thousand years” and ours it that the governing groups used INMATE LABOR to fix and maintain them. They didnt have to pay them shit

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    • FuckedInHalf

      Holy shit there’s some stupid stuff on this one. Public roads in america haven’t been around for more than a couple centuries, first off. Second of all, whether or not the police force gets paid to do their job, they’re paid through government taxes, i.e., you every one of us is paying them. and it’s still a civil service. Back off that coke bump for two seconds and read a damn book. And get off your high horse, Auburn Frat Fuck, being born into a family that can buy you a new pair of Sperrys with every haircut isn’t exactly the same as being born into a low-income household in down-trodden inner-city areas. Fucking pathetic.

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    • DrFratlove

      You are missing the point completely, Fucked. The rich pay the vast majority of taxes but benefit the least. Everyone gains from having military, police, public roads. The upper class doesn’t get anything from Medicare, Welfare, and public schools but they still pay for them. If you include what the lower class receives in benefits, many pay negative amounts in taxes. So, they are not even helping with the police, roads, military. All of which would have more if those funds weren’t going to transfer payments!

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    • BayStatePhiAlpha

      Fratlove I am going to have to respectfully disagree. Everyone benefits from having public schools because it means that there is an educated, literate and capable workforce as well as educated voters. Medicare and welfare, while flawed in practice, can be beneficial to the country if they were not so expensive. Social programs are not inherently bad, its the people that abuse the system that are the issue.

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  2. Frat Above The Rim

    There is also a difference between those that are less fortunate and those who don’t give a fuck. I will give as much money as I can kids with MS or leukemia, but I won’t give a dime to the druggy downtown who has barely worked a day in his life or a 28 year old on welfare.

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  3. Smokin_Bro_Frazier

    “Hey, someone helped you to success, so you should have to pay for a bunch of people that didn’t, and still don’t, do shit. Because, you know, it’s the right thing to do.”

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    • McQueery

      Because we all know the easiest way to get anywhere is to idiotically support one party and condemn the other. United we stand, divided we fall, you guys.

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  4. RedWhiteandBlowjobs

    He might as well pass legislation in favor of a “Motivation tax”. A nation’s successful shouldn’t have to be burdened by the portion of society that contributes less than they’re worth.

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