‘You Didn’t Build That’
July 22, 2012
As you’ve no doubt heard, President Obama said recently, “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (Previously linked on this blog, John Kass and Mark Steyn comment.)
Well, two can play at that game. If you’re one of the millions of Americans counted as part of the eight percent unemployed, you didn’t get there on your own. Somebody else made that happen. And he’s running for reelection.
“The economy is a series of tubes.” – President Build-a-Bear
Romney has a new ad out:
At National Review Online,
In context or out of context, the speech is equally appalling and runs counter to how most Americans view individual success.
Critics of the president’s “You didn’t build that” remark say it puts him at odds with fundamental American traditions. Obama’s statement in 1995 suggests that he himself takes his point of view as a criticism of traditional American thinking about individual achievement.
- Jonah Goldberg discusses the “cowbell presidency” and the common liberal error of conflating government with everything else.
This is the great irony of Obama and his defenders. He is a progressive ideologue and a passionate believer in “social justice,” and that’s a large reason why his fans love him so. But if you ever say that he is what he is — if you take his words seriously — they ridicule you for believing he’s anything other than a pragmatist and a moderate.
- Peter Kirsanow calls Obama’s remark “Easily one of the most insulting phrases uttered by President Obama or any president”.
It’s one thing to get people to accept an overweening, self-worshipping superstate by seducing them with shiny baubles of material prosperity. It’s something else entirely to give them basically nothing — stagnation and unemployment — and tell them that they have government to thank for the nothing that you have given them.