Aichele Cites Discredited O’Keefe Video For Voter ID

Pennsylvania Sec. of State Carol Aichele today cited a debunked James O’Keefe video during a Q&A with me.  She held a press conference following today’s NAACP Voter ID rally on the steps of our Capitol.  When she maintained there haven’t been any voter fraud prosecutions because county District Attorneys are limited by budgetary restraints and must focus on rapes and murders I pointed out that President George W. Bush made prosecuting voter fraud a national priority and still couldn’t find any cases.  AG Alberto Gonzales even fired nine US Attorneys when they couldn’t find any cases to prosecute.

So she lied and I caught her.  It was a national priority under George W. Bush and even that didn’t find cases of voter fraud.  She then cited this James O’Keefe video about this year’s New Hampshire primary and told me to watch it.  I did when the disgraced video scam artist made it and saw every case in it debunked.  When I pointed out that fact her press guy cut me off.

Let’s remember one point:  O’Keefe actually tried to commit voter fraud in New Hampshire when he made this video.  He was arrested in Louisiana for trying to bug the office of a U.S. Senator.  No one in their right mind cites James O’Keefe as a source.

Here’s where his claims were debunked, and here.  Here’s one of his “dead” voters:

Media Matters found him:

I recall one of his alleged voter fraud incidents involved an elderly woman who voted by absentee ballot and subsequently died before election day.  By law her ballot was completely legal.

Yet Carol Aichele cited these as evidence of voter fraud.

The full video of her press conference and the Democratic response afterwards.  The battery on my Bloggie expired during the Senator’s comments, sorry for the sudden demise of the coverage.

 

DOJ Investigating State Voter ID Law

Talking Points Memo is reporting the Justice Department is investigating the Corbett/Turzai VoterID law.  PennDot has been charging voters $10 for the ID which makes this a poll tax.  Other voters must pay for birth certificates and other documents in order to obtain a voter ID.  These indirect costs also make this law unconstitutional.  In fact if it even entails paying a bus fare to get to a motor vehicle photo office (and not every county even has one) it should be declared unconstitutional.  Having to pay a fee for the right to vote is Unamerican.

It’s easier to get a gun here than to vote.  Maybe if we all showed up at the polls with purple ink on our fingers they’ll let us vote.  We spent $3 trillion imposing democracy on Iraq and it’s easier to vote there than here.  Perhaps China can invade us and force democracy back on America.  Turnabout is fair play correct?

The Civil Rights Division wants state data on voters and ID’s to determine if the Mike Turzai law unlawfully targets minorities.  Sec. of State Carol Aichele could not cite a single instance of voter impersonation during hearings and also claimed it would only effect 1% of voters.  It turns out that 758,000 Pennsylvanians do not have a photo ID.  This is about 9% of the state.

A rally against Voter ID will be held tomorrow at 1PM on the Capitol steps.  Commonwealth Court begins hearings on a lawsuit challenging the validity of the law Wednesday.

News & Notes July 23, 2012

Is climate change convincing you yet that it’s real?  How much more extreme weather is necessary to convince the deniers?  Farmers in the Midwest are now culling their herds because there won’t be enough corn and soybeans to feed them.  A rise in meat prices will inevitably be blamed on Obama instead of the culprits who have fought policy changes to forestall the effects of global climate change.  Conservatives never accept personal responsibility for their failures.  Isn’t that interesting?

Cronyism in Reading City Hall continues.  One Term Vaughn hasn’t learned his lessons.  Cronyism almost always leads to corruption.

State Rep. Kevin Murphy was arrested in a domestic beating incident.  The rap sheets for our lawmakers gets longer and longer.

Former Speaker Bill DeWeese, his hubris never ending, even from prison, remains on the ballot.  As a convicted felon he cannot serve even if he won the election from his prison cell.  PA Dems are now going to court to get him off the ballot so they have some hope of keeping the seat.  

Someone explain to me how what the mob did in this case is different from what Mitt Romney did at Bain?

I felt I was in a parallel universe this morning watching the NCAA sanctions against Penn State.  Never in my life did I expect to see my alma mater penalized so harshly for the sins of its football team.  We still haven’t gotten answers from Tom Corbett about why he allowed just one Trooper to investigate the case for 18 months.  Even then the two OAG investigators were narcs and had no experience in child abuse cases.  He refuses to answer questions.  Maybe someone needs to investigate him.  He’d better start answering soon or his chances for a second term go the way of Penn State football.

Boycott any company which is financing right wing attack ads.  Voting with your dollars sends a distinct message.  Look at all the negative attention being targeted at Chick Fil-A for example.  Here’s a guide to some of the worst corporate offenders.

School districts are now facing another huge financial hurdle:  funding their pensions.  The state keeps putting off making these payments and soon the shit will hit the fan.  As Corbett keeps strangling their budgets schools may need to use their nuclear option:  renege on their long term debt bonds.  Since these are backed by the state the legislature would be on the hook for the billions in long term debt used to build and renovate school buildings.  Serves them right if it happens.

Rachel Maddow devoted a program last week to Sheldon Adelson and the corrupt methods he used to build his gambling mecca in Macao.  He could be convicted of a felony for bribing Chinese interests to make his fortune.  That’s a serious crime.

More evidence that privatization leads to corruption.  The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.  Its web of corruption is interesting.  These are your tax dollars at work funding corruption.

A friend recently lamented that she didn’t have employment benefits and said union members shouldn’t either.  Her logic was that since she didn’t have a pension no one else should either.  I just looked at her and said that wasn’t the problem.  The problem was that her workplace wasn’t union and she should fight for those same benefits instead of condemning those who have for themselves.  Union bashing seems to be a favorite pasttime for some people who forget what unions have done for everyone.  This letter in the Bucks Courier Times reminds us:

First, instead of condemning unions, we should extol their historical accomplishments. Unions have brought us laws against child labor. Unions have brought us the 8-hour work day and overtime pay. Unions have brought us safer workplaces, so that getting sick or maimed was no longer “just part of the job.” Unions have brought us pensions, employer-paid health care, vacation pay, sick leave, etc. Though currently under attack, these same benefits are enjoyed by nearly all full-time, nonunion employees, too.

Second, as so many Vent writers have rejoiced, union membership is in substantial decline as powerful companies and now Republican-controlled governments attempt to break any semblance of union power. But such union critics also should notice and acknowledge that as unions have declined over the last 30-plus years, the income of the entire bottom 90 percent of all Americans has stagnated. Notice that I didn’t say that just the income of blue-collar Americans has stagnated; instead, even as the top 10 percent (and even more so, the top 1 percent) has flourished, EVERYBODY ELSE has stagnated or declined. Instead of consistently raising the bar for labor compensation, so that the benefits of increased technology and productivity are shared between labor and management/capital, unchecked corporate power is keeping virtually ALL of these benefits for shareholders and top management.

The NRA has been curiously silent following the latest gun massacre.  It’s Tweet last Friday morning was frighteningly tragic:  “Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?” James Holmes did.  Isn’t it time we banned assault weapons and 100 bullet clips for them?  SCOTUS says we cannot infringe gun rights but there’s nothing in the Second Amendment about ammunition.  If bullets cost $1000 apiece Holmes wouldn’t have bought 6,000 of them.  Right wing morons keep talking about infringing the rights of gun owners but what about the rights of those they kill?

A judge says disrobing as a protest of TSA regulations is protected free speech.  A movement is underway for a mass stripping protest at airports.  I may need to apply to work at an airport, this could be interesting.  My camera is all charged up.

The Vice Chair of the PA GOP admitted she lied about President Obama last week.  The only thing unusual about this is the fact she fessed up.  Republicans are so used to lying they’re shocked when they’re exposed.  This moron, someone named Renee Amoore and she didn’t even know her company’s layoffs were overseas.  Some boss.

Mitt wants to take away your internet porn.  Yea, that’ll get him a lot of votes…

Dan Miller, the openly gay Controller in Harrisburg, is marrying his partner.  Of course he has to leave Pennsylvania in order to make a commitment to his lifetime lover.

One constant mantra of the right wing noise machine is that government doesn’t create jobs.  This is yet another of the myths with which they use to brainwash people.  Now that defense spending is on the table as part of Taxaggeddon they’re suddenly changing their tune.  The potential loss of jobs from  Pentagon cuts is exposing this lie.

Michele Bachmann is channeling Joe McCarthy.

NCAA Sanctions Strip Paterno of Record

Sanctions handed down this morning against Penn State include a $60 million fine, loss of bowl games for four years, loss of ten scholarships per year for that period and strip the University of all football wins from 1998 on.  This means Joe Paterno’s record as the winningest coach in Division 1 history is history.

The fine is equal to the income produced by the football program for one year.  The loss of forty football scholarships over the four year term means the football team will not be competitive.  Some players may have to pay their own way if they wish to attend Penn State.  They’ll elect to play elsewhere first.

Mark Emmert cited the culture surrounding “hero worship” as a contributing factor for the charges against Jerry Sandusky.  Both coaches were the subject of this and Paterno was anointed sainthood by many fans and alumni.  The Freeh Report proved they were sinners, not saints.

Paterno Statue Removed

The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium was removed this morning.  University President Rodney Erickson made the decision and released this statement:

Since we learned of the Grand Jury presentment and the charges against Jerry Sandusky and University officials last November, members of the Penn State community and the public have been made much more acutely aware of the tragedy of child sexual abuse. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse. I assure you that Penn State will take a national leadership role in the detection and prevention of child maltreatment in the months and years ahead.

With the release of Judge Freeh’s Report of the Special Investigative Counsel, we as a community have had to confront a failure of leadership at many levels. The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. The Freeh Report has given us a great deal to reflect upon and to consider, including Coach Paterno’s legacy.

Throughout Penn State, the two most visible memorials to Coach Paterno are the statue at Beaver Stadium and the Paterno Library. The future of these two landmarks has been the topic of heated debate and many messages have been received in various University offices, including my own. We have heard from numerous segments of the Penn State community and others, many of whom have differing opinions. These are particularly important decisions when considering things that memorialize such a revered figure.

I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.

On the other hand, the Paterno Library symbolizes the substantial and lasting contributions to the academic life and educational excellence that the Paterno family has made to Penn State University. The library remains a tribute to Joe and Sue Paterno’s commitment to Penn State’s student body and academic success, and it highlights the positive impacts Coach Paterno had on the University. Thus I feel strongly that the library’s name should remain unchanged.

Coach Paterno’s positive impact over the years and everything he did for this University predate his statue. At the same time it is true that our institution’s excellence cannot be attributed to any one person or to athletics. Rather, Penn State is defined by our actions and accomplishments as a learning community. Penn State has long been an outstanding academic institution and we will continue to be.

The world will be watching how Penn State addresses its challenges in the days ahead. While some may take issue with the decisions I have made, I trust that everyone associated with our University will respond in a civil and respectful manner.

I fully realize that my decision will not be popular in some Penn State circles, but I am certain it is the right and principled decision. I believe we have chosen a course that both recognizes the many contributions that Joe Paterno made to the academic life of our University, while taking seriously the conclusions of the Freeh Report and the national issue of child sexual abuse. Today, as every day, our hearts go out to the victims.

It was the correct decision.  As long as it stood it was an “in your face” reminder tot he Sandusky victims.  Imagine being one of those men and knowing that every day people were worshiping one of the men responsible for covering up 14 years of child molestation?  It was a lightning rod and, as such, had to come down.

The Fluff Factor: Today’s Journalism

by WALTER BRASCH

Will someone please buy gags for Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford?

It makes no difference what the color is.

Plain or polka-dotted.

Painted or sequined.

Scented silk, Egyptian cotton, or an auto mechanic’s oil-soaked rag.

Just as long as it can be stuffed into their mouths.

When their mouths are open, the personality-drenched hosts of NBC’s fourth hour of “Today” are swilling cocktails, blathering about themselves, or interrupting their guests.

It makes no difference who the guest is. Cookbook or romance author. Relationships or nutrition expert. A-list actors. No one gets more than a couple of seconds without cross-talk with one or both of the hosts. They may think it’s funny. Or, maybe, like authors who are sometimes paid by word, or doctors who are given bonuses for scheduling myriad lab tests, these babblers have to justify their seven-figure annual incomes by the jabber rate of words per minute. It may be time for NBC to move all four hours of the “Today” show from the news division into the entertainment division.

Almost as bad as the GabFest at 10 a.m. is what has happened to news shows. At one time, news anchors, assisted by newswriters and producers, went into the field, got the news, wrote it, edited it, and then broadcast it. They sat in anchor chairs because they were excellent journalists. But broadcast journalism-and those two words should seldom be put next to each other in the same sentence-with a few network and regional exemptions devolved into yet another mess of Reality TV.

The co-hosts, known as anchors, are usually a tandem of a wise middle-aged older man and his pretend trophy wife, both of whom spend more time in Make-up and Hair Dressing than they ever spent in journalism classes. Their reporters and correspondents may have studied journalism in college, but their interests were undoubtedly more focused upon voice quality, delivery, and personality than source building, probing, and fact checking.

On air, the anchors open with something serious. A fire. A mugging. A supermarket opening, reported by freshly-scrubbed 20-ish field reporters and recorded by videographers with digital cameras and almost no knowledge of what video is. In all fairness, it’s hard to know what videotape is when your best friend is an iPad.

If a story doesn’t have a “visual,” it probably won’t air. That’s one of the reasons why stories about the foolishness of state legislatures aren’t broadcast. The other reason may be that Public Affairs Journalism isn’t usually a required course for college students majoring in Broadcast Journalism. By the end of the first news block, the co-hosts lighten up. Coming back from commercials-there are eight minutes of them in a 30-minute news cast-the co-hosts may have more news or a script that directs them to “throw it to Weather.”

For four or five minutes, a college-educated meteorologist or a “weather girl”-on some stations it makes no difference-using the latest visual technology tells us the highs, lows, barometric pressure, storm fronts, and the history of weather.

One of the responsibilities of the weather people is to make sure they get names into the broadcast, probably because some overpriced media consultant told them to do so. A simple sentence like, “It was in the mid-80s throughout our region” is replaced by telling us it was 84 degrees in Snowshoe Falls, 85 degrees in Dry Gulf Junction, and 84 in East Swamphole. To make sure our bodies can tolerate the whimsies of Mother Nature, weathercasters predict what will happen a week away, usually with about the same success as a drunk with the Racing Form.

Time for more commercials.

At least twice, the anchors “tease” the viewers with some celebrity scandal they will tell us all about if we just keep watching until the end of the show.

Next up is about four or five minutes of Sports. The latest fad in sports reporting is to be a part of the story. So, we see sportscasters doing push-ups with the football team, learning how to shoot an arrow, or reporting from inside a race car. Apparently, they believe that gives them credibility, something they probably learned from anchors’ ride-along on fire trucks and Blue Angels flights.

By the end of the newscast, the co-hosts, weather people, sportscasters, and field reporters have turned the news into the Happy Time Half-Hour Aren’t We Wonderful Show. They wasted our time chatting informally among themselves, tossing one-liners they think are cute and might get them work in a Comedy Club-as a cook. Take away the Happy Talk, tighten up their reporting-how many times do we need to hear that a “community is in shock” about a fire, death, or that the fireman’s carnival had to be cancelled-and the 22 minute news show might be only 15.

At the National Conference for Media Reform four years ago, Dan Rather-who for more than a half-century has been everything a news journalist should be-explains what has contributed to the decline not just TV news but all journalism as well: “Media consolidation, the corporate news environment, ‘message discipline,’ media cowardice, news-for-profit, celebrity fluff, ‘so-called human interest stories,’ sensational trials, gossip, ‘news you can use,’ [and] partisan shouting matches.”  

There are a few journalistic highlights, like “60 Minutes” and Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show,” which he modestly calls fake news, but which makes far more sense than anything else permeating the airwaves. Nevertheless, most news operations-local, regional, broadcast or cable-have been compromised by exactly what Dan Rather said.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to join Hoda and Kathie Lee and drink our way through what passes as the news.

[Walter Brasch proudly calls himself a journalist, and has been for more than 40 years, in radio, TV, newspapers, and magazines. He was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Pennsylvania Press Club. His latest book is the critically-acclaimed Before the First Snow, which looks at the establishment and alternative media, as well as the public relations industry.]

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The Dark Knight Has a Dark Night

James Holmes, a 24 year old med student at the University of Colorado Denver entered a movie theatre and shot randomly.  He killed 12 people and wounded 50 others attending the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.  The Batman epic has been derided this week on right wing radio by morons who claim its villain (Bane) is a Hollywood attack on Mitt Romney.  The character was invented in 1993 and the plot of this film was set four years ago.  There’s as much evidence it was inspired by Romney than Michelle Bachmann’s McCarthite attacks on a State Department official.

We have no knowledge of Holmes’ motivations, know very little about the man other than he is from San Diego and booby trapped his apartment.  An ABC News report he was affiliated with the Colorado Tea party was erroneous and removed.  One right wing web site is alleging he was part of the Occupy Movement.

No one knows what his motivation was or what his political affiliations, if any, were.  He might have been a crazy man with four guns who targeted a random theater filled with people.  We must wait for the facts.

President Obama released this statement this morning:

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, let me, first of all, say how grateful I am for all of you being here, and how much we appreciate everything that you’ve done.  I know that there are a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign, have sacrificed so much, people who’ve been involved back since 2007. (Applause.)  And so I want all of you to know how appreciative I am.

And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event. I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the differences between myself and my opponent in this election.  But this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family.

By now, many of you know, many of you have heard that a few miles outside of Denver in a town call Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater, and dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital.  Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.

We’re still gathering all the facts about what happened in Aurora, but what we do know is that the police have one suspect in custody.  And the federal government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice.  (Applause.)  And we will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people.

We’re going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time.  And I had a chance to speak with the Mayor of Aurora as well as the Governor of Colorado to express, not just on behalf of Michelle and myself, but the entire American family, how heartbroken we are.

Now, even as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this.  Such violence, such evil is senseless.  It’s beyond reason.  But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.  The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved.  They were mothers and fathers; they were husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters, friends and neighbors.  They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled.

    And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile.  Our time here is limited and it is precious.  And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives.  Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another.  (Applause.)

    It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose.  That’s what matters.  At the end of the day, what we’ll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others.  That’s why we’re here.

    I’m sure that many of you who are parents here had the same reaction that I did when I heard this news.  My daughters go to the movies.  What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day?  Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children.  But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.

    So, again, I am so grateful that all of you are here.  I am so moved by your support.  But there are going to be other days for politics.  This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.

    So what I’d ask everybody to do, I’d like us to pause in a moment of silence for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities every single day.  So if everybody can just take a moment.

    (Moment of silence.)

    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today.  May the Lord bring them comfort and healing in hard days to come.

I am grateful to all of you, and I hope that as a consequence of today’s events, as you leave here, you spend a little time thinking about the incredible blessings that God has given us.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you, Obama!  (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.

Pennsylvanian Named Green VP

If Mitt Romney chose Rick Santorum for his running mate Pennsylvania would be the genesis for all three VP candidates this year.  The Green Party USA nominated Philadelphian Cheri Honkala at its convention in Baltimore.  With Scranton native Joseph R. Biden running for re-election on the Democratic ticket two of the three are already Keystone Staters.

If you’re a progressive then the Green Party represents your values.  The Democrats have sold out to corporate America.  Proof of that was when Barack Obama appointed Tim Geithner and Larry Summers to head his economic team.  He is owned by Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street banksters.

Four years ago I voted for Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney and this year my tally will go to Dr. Stein.  I left the Democratic Party four years ago and became a non-affiliated voter.  I’ve been happy with my choice and never regretted the vote.  I sleep at night knowing I voted for the presidential candidate which best matched my views on the issues.  Instead of voting against someone I voted FOR someone.

News & Notes July 19, 2012

I was up in Sullivan County last weekend with some old friends from high school.  It was great to share good times with them and get away for a bit.  No internet, no cell phone, just good company.  Things get stressful and hectic in presidential election years so a few getaways are good.

State Rep Mike Gerber is resigning at the end of the year to go to work in the private sector.  he has been a strong pro choice advocate from Montgomery County.  We wish him well but will miss him in Harrisburg.  Mike was one of the good guys.

MoveOn hits Mitt:

Can every CEO who commits a crime simply say they “retroactively retired” to get off?  What, exactly, does that mean?

Obama/Biden has been doing some great hit pieces:

A Keystone Research report out today shows Corbett’s slash and burn austerity budgets have cost PA 28,000 public sector education jobs.  Nationally cuts in the public sector have cost us 750,000 private sector jobs.  See, people have to have money in order to be consumers.  No money, no spending.  Business owners will tell you their biggest problem is customers who aren’t, or cannot, buy their products and services.  The issue is demand.   Throwing people out of work hits the overall economy and winds up costing other people their jobs.

Time has a habit of putting things in perspective.  Iraq for example, was planned immediately after 9/11 and had nothing to do with those attacks.  They were simply the pretext and used to lie us into war.  Wes Clark tells a story:

Revenues from table games at Pennsylvania’s casinos is up 31%.  Most of this money would have gone to other states.

Former MontCo Commish Jim Matthews has agreed to terms surrounding his part in corruption.  The brother of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was bought and paid for by the likes of corrupt Bob Asher.  He steered county contracts to campaign contributors.  Asher, of course, is infamous for fixing a state contract in return for a $300,000 kickback to his PA GOP and went to prison for the deed.  When Jim Matthews crawled into bed with this crook he got fleas.  Happens all the time.

Doctors in Abington are protesting a ban on abortions at the hospital after the church purchased it.  Why do Catholics hate women and children so much?  Soon large hospitals may be the only places women can get abortions in Pennsylvania.  Limiting them in Abington infringes on their constitutional rights.

Romney Lies About Obama Business Statement

Fox News took an Obama quote and twisted it out of context this week.  Mitt Romney then took that lie and spread it in a speech in Pittsburgh the other day.  In the quote Fox and Rush claim the President told small business owners they aren’t responsible for their own success.  When read in context he said something quite different.  Here’s the out of context quote:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”

Here’s the context:

“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.”

Every business depends on government for its success and the President was simply reiterating that point.  If you use the internet you use something created by the government, same with roads and bridges which bring your goods and customers, money is provided by the government along with patents which protect inventors and courts to litigate contracts and disputes.  The support provided by government is what makes businesses work.

If someone doesn’t understand that, like Mitt Romney, maybe they aren’t intelligent enough to be president.  If they intentionally take something out of context in order to lie maybe they aren’t honest enough to be president.