Paul Ryan came to the Keystone State today with two stops. I went tot he one this afternoon outside West Chester at the Helicopter Museum. The venue was appropriate since many of those in attendance seem to be high on something because they sure aren’t living in the real world. As usual for GOP events the crowd I saw was entirely caucasian. No overt racism was evident but I did find one man who I saw berating the MoveOn.org protesters. I engaged him since I knew he was mouthy and he didn’t disappoint. He blamed Obama for the bad economy instead of the Republicans who caused the mess. I suppose his solution to the problem is to go back for more poison because the antidote is taking too long to work.
Here’s a graph of job losses under Republican Bush and job gains under Democrat Obama:
Our second Stupid Republican (am I being redundant?) of the day was wearing a shirt condemning the out of context remark about Obama saying to businessmen “you didn’t build that.” Of course the “that’ to which he was referring was all the government infrastructure which aids their businesses, not their businesses. Context and grammar are critical. I asked him about his shirt then told him that, perhaps, he should go look at the entire quote:
Here’s the full quote:
OBAMA: [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.
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.
So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President — because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.
Of course this businessman didn’t build the roads and bridges, the electrical grid, the water and sewage systems, the internet, the court system protecting his contracts, the police and fire departments protecting his business, the foreign markets to which he can export etc. As the President said business success is a public/private cooperative enterprise. Government is here to support businesses. The businessman didn’t build those things.