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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      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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    Big_Mase93

    Mother Fucker. That is the stupidest shit i’ve ever heard. Like these fucking people collecting checks every other week were one lucky break away from inventing Microsoft or Apple. Obama needs to shut the fuck up.

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      The Bojangles Guy

      Obama recently switched military jet fuel from $4 per gallon petroleum to $50+ per gallon ethanol. I think one of the main problems facing America today is the energy crisis. First of all, we need to stop spending money on the building of solar panels and wind turbines across America: they have been proven to be almost useless and more of a drain on taxpayer money than gas power. It would take about 3 wind turbines to power 1 house. Colorado Springs’ recent installation of solar panels was a multi-million dollar project used with taxpayer money. Alaska right now is sitting on top of America’s largest untapped oil reserve, but is not being drilled out. Why? Liberal and environmental organizations have hindered the process for drilling there, which could ultimately end all of the U.S.’s foreign oil dependency, due to the endangerment of certain animal life surrounding the area. First of all, the only animals that live in that particular area are migratory, birds and caribou, so it would not matter if we drilled there. This is all part of the liberal agenda to cut America from oil and force Americans to drive battery powered cars. “Oh well we’re being sustainable and I feel good about myself because I drive a Prius. You’re just a capitalistic pig, driving your15 mpg Tahoe.” If I see another Prius or smart car with one of those damned “Coexist” stickers, I swear to God, I might just jerk the wheel and run it into oncoming traffic. You’re in a burning wreck but my American made Tahoe is relativley free of bumps. Why? Because this is America: Home of the free, home of the brave. My home. So, liberal, if you don’t like it, why don’t you take your peace studies degree and see if you can get a job. Hey, if you work hard enough like the rest of us do with our real degrees, you might be successful. But probably not.

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      Agent Tony DiBrozzo

      Hey Bojangles, I hate Obama as much as anybody else on this site, but you’re fucking dumb. Jets don’t use petroleum or ethanol or any blend of the two. They use Jet-A, which is a refined version of diesel fuel, which is a refined version of kerosene. Not that you will, but you’re fucked if you ever get a private plane.

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    40koozie

    The only quote that’s actually definitively wrong is the one in the headline. A good portion of this speech is equally applicable to markets as it is to government interference. There are some things in this article that are just as unbelievable as the quote itself, such as:

    “every American has the opportunity to live a successful life, unaided by the US government”

    Really? How many of us our on father’s health care even after we graduate college only because the government forces companies to continue to insure us until age 26? The Obama quote is stupid, and the article is equally such.

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      captain_insano

      Well…I hate to be that guy but according to factcheck.org with expected cost of Medicare growth, payroll taxes, and investment-income taxes on higher wage earners the CBO estimates “Obamacare”….you know that shitty law everybody hates will reduce the deficit by 210 billion between 2012-2021 period. But you know why look these things the news will tell me this stuff…..Now you may hate the “taxes on Higher wage earners” part. That’s fair. But it is going to prospectively cost the government less.

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      Lld3

      Ah yes, thank the Democratic God for our government defending our right to force our parents jobs insurance companies to cover children until they are 26 years old. Because I’m sure that does not contribute at all to the rise of premiums making health insurance unaffordable to so many that the government is going to fix it by making more rules and regulations that insurance companies must meet in order to protect the important unalienable rights of its citizens. *sarcasm?*

      Maybe if you had even the most basic understanding of economics you would not continue to try to run our country into the ground with your stupidity. But then again why be intelligent when you can be opinionated?

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      MWickham

      And if the government didn’t force the insurance companies to provide benefits to adult children after graduation, these children might figure out how to obtain their own health care. There would certainly be more motivation.

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    BADDD

    I can’t believe y’all are so ignorant and selfish to actually believe helping others will destroy opportunity. If those at the top have all the wealth and the bottom has none the ecomony will collapase! The middle and lower class can’t continue to support small businesses when they are barely scraping by. Where are the Christian values conservatives love to talk about? Did everyone conveniently forget about giving to those less fortunate. Giving opportunity to those who don’t deserve it? Isn’t that what Jesus gave up his life to do for us?

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      To The Hazement

      There is a difference between giving to those less fortunate and having the government redistribute it for you by force. How do you think jobs are created for the middle and lower class? Businesses need to expand to create jobs. Heavily taxing businesses hinders that ability. It’s not that complicated.

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      To The Hazement

      Peter Schiff roofed houses in college to help pay for his tuition and now he works for Goldman Sachs and is a multimillionaire. Point being get off your ass and work if you want to go to college and improve your situation.

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      LeaderoftheFratWorld

      Public schooling does well enough to provide people with opportunity. I know many people that are very successful without going to college, and we have to pay for these fucks to go to high school for free. If they choose to just get high, skip school, and slang cocaine, that’s not our problem. We tried.

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      SigKapDove

      Since this is supposedly a Greek community it is safe to say everyone understands the value of philanthropy and service to the community. There is a huge difference between people helping people and then the government helping people. I believe in charity not in government handouts.

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      the fratness monster

      It’s not that we are selfish at all. Nobody would have a problem with paying their taxes if it actually went to something useful. Instead a large majority of our taxes are spent on making the American people even more dependent on the government. The government should not redistribute wealth by taking money from the wealthy, and giving that money to the poor in the form of foodstamps and welfare. The government should only redistribute wealth to ensure the American dream, where everyone has an equal chance to succeed, and an equal chance to fail. They should only redistribute that wealth to ensure equal opportunity with things such as: public education (not college), infrastructure, defense, medical innovation, energy innovation, technological innovation, protecting environmental resources that hinder the economy minimally, and even some social security. THAT is how you redistribute the wealth, by protecting the American dream. The system isn’t perfect, but nothing in life is, or ever will be. As Bill Gates once said, “Life isn’t fair, get used to it.”

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      Fraternity Lifestyle

      Schiff is great. I actually found out about him through this website when he offered to debate people at Occupy Wall Street. The guy has some balls. And he’s smart as hell. Great guy to pay attention to.

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      Danny Devitbro

      Fratness Monster, do you know what the word “majority” means? More than 50% does not go wealth distribution. The highest percent of taxpayer dollars still goes to the military (rightfully so).

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      captain_insano

      ^The largest part is actually medicaid/social security at each 22% and 21%. National Defense is 19%. Welfare programs such as housing assistance, food stamps, and unemployment make up another 19%. So realistically what more is a problem and “taking our tax dollars” is social security/medicaid. Especially as population gets older that number is going to soar.

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      All_Liquored_Up

      I don’t think anyone here has a problem with giving money to poor people who genuinely need it, man. What we do have a problem with is the idea that it is okay to take money from people who worked hard to get where they are- and give it to people who don’t do shit and freeload off the government.

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      JohnCCalhoun

      Those at the top deserve to pay their share just like everyone else, of course. However, I think you’re a little bit off when it comes to your comments about being good Christians. Giving out of the goodness of your heart is the “christian” thing to do, of course. That’s a moral decision which I would support (giving to charity, scholarships, the poor, etc.) However, giving because the government says that you have to because of the radical philosophy of Obama, that would be morally neutral. Moral decisions are on the person, not legislation.

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      Define Statutory

      BADDD, clueless liberals like you really piss me off. There is nothing “ignorant or selfish” about not wanting the government to force you to provide charity. And please drop the ridiculous christian morals argument. There is nowhere in the bible that advises people to be in favor of big government, increased taxes, and entitlement programs. But since you have brought the bible into this argument, what about “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods”? That one seems pretty straight forward. You know as little about economics as you do about religion. Why don’t you take a lap and educate yourself so you don’t sound so retarded next time.

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      Dorns_Boy_Toy

      ^^ Peter Schiff does NOT work at Goldman, he’s the owner of EuroPacific Capital. He actually bought a brokerage firm he worked at and turned it into something big. Nice to see another Pete Schiff fan here.

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    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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    ROFLcopter

    I think the author of the article and most commentators are missing the point of the speech. He is saying that everything you do in this country has been influenced by someone else, someone paid for the roads, people died for our freedom, etc. To say you or your family has done it all on your own is ridiculous. Americans, regardless of political affiliations are one cohesive group that through generations of others efforts now have the opportunities in front of us.

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      ROFLcopter

      Given the budget deficits, I don’t think any part of american society is paying their fair share in taxes. It is ridiculous that the gov’t spends money it doesn’t have without matching it with revenues.

      Both tax increases and spending cuts need to occur immediately or we will all be speaking Mandarin in 30 years.

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      BoesNToes

      Wrong ROFLcopter. Idiot liberals think there is a proportionate increase in tax revenue when you increase taxes. If you take a look at the history books that is blatantly false. Raising taxes will led to lower tax revenues. What needs to happen is decreased spending and decreased taxes, then everyone will have incentive to work and expand business and actually pay taxes. The answer is really not all that difficult.

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      Mr Sir

      Bullshit. A monopolistic gang in Washington DC is not responsible for anyone’s success except corrupt politicians, bankers, and people who receive government stimulus/0% interest loans. Individual liberty and private property rights are the reason why people can become successful–that, and their own damn ingenuity. To say otherwise shows an extreme lack of any understanding of economics or business.

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      MOMOgotMojo

      In order to not pay taxes you have to make less than 15 grand a year. Tell me what kind of dumb ass doesn’t make that. I am in college full time with a full time job and im above the poverty line. Comfortably i might add. The fuck is wrong with these people?

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      SouthIsNF

      If you work full time and go to school full time, you are either a lying piece of shit, or you go to graduate school and work at a shit job headed for a shit career where you can waste time arguing with people on this website. Any real career man would be working or studying to get ahead, especially if you’re swamped by school work too, which you clearly are not. Either way, you lose at life.

      Did you guys ever think that those people are working their asses off too? They were born in horrible environments with everything working against them and are fighting to support themselves and their family the best they can. Not everybody’s Daddy could pay for their college education.

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      MWickham

      There is no denying that every successful American is indebted to the system. No one can argue with that. The problem is that Obama and the rest of his radicle crew attempt to convince poor people that rich people don’t pay their fair share of taxes. This is just blatantly not true.

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    Joran van der Frat

    Obama thinks this because he’s spent his entire life in the public sector (college, “community organizing”, teaching, then politics). Like all ignorant socialists, the man doesn’t have the first fucking clue how a business is actually built or operated. Romney may not be perfect, but he is light years ahead of Obama in experience, intelligence, and economic expertise. Obama makes Carter look like Reagan for gods sake. November cannot come soon enough.

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    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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