“You didn’t build that Government. We did.”

“You didn’t build that Government.  We did.”

By Danny Quinney (with contributions from Dave Young)

I haven’t written in a few weeks.  SOOOOOOOOOOOO much has happened I want to write about.  Just to give you a little peek into what I do, I read an article or two, copy the ones I like, write a few notes, and put it in a folder on my computer.  My folder is pretty full.  My problem is that I might have an AWESOME idea of something to say, but if I don’t jump all over it, time marches on without me.  If the thing happened two months ago I don’t want to write about it at the time, the ideas still swirl around my OCD head, until I get them on paper.  It’s madding.

On July 16, 2012 the President went off the teleprompter for a moment and gave us a glimpse into his head (I know.  REALLY TIMELY, eh?)

I’m going to touch on this for just a minute.  Then I’m going to tie it into something he said this Sunday.

First the “You didn’t build that” crap:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Obama said.  “Somebody else made that happen.”

You know, if you reeeeeeally think about, the President has a point.  Really.  I didn’t write this myself:  I listened to his speech, someone taught me the rules of grammar, and Google helped me spell things (Honestly, it’s embarrassing that 90% of my Google history is made up of words I’m not sure how to spell – and yes – I Googled embarrassing).  And if you go WAAAAAAAAY back none of us would have or could have done anything on our own if our parents hadn’t done unmentionable things with each other.  So bravo, Mr. President.  Bravo.

It kind of reminds me of Elizabeth Warren’s speech a few months ago where she gave credit to the nation’s infrastructure for entrepreneurial success.  You know because the government built the road that led to your place of business they should get the credit for your successful business.

But wait a minute…The interstate hasn’t always been here.  Hmmm…I guess that means there was never a successful person before then.

To me it is a kind of scary we have a President who actually believes all success in America was because of our Government.  The truth of the matter is people aren’t successful because of our government.  They are successful in spite of our government.

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back.  If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own,” Obama continued, “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.”

I don’t know about you, but I know some really stupid rich people.  Even the Über-rich have their share of really stupid moments.  Quick side note: I HATE IT when writers “Überize” things.  That is adding Über to something to make it sound cool, or hip.  UUGH.  It seriously makes me wanna vomit.  And there I just did it.   (No.  I didn’t just “vomit.”  I mean I used the word Über).  The difference is, the successful took a risk at some point in their lives and then worked their little fingers to the bones.  It takes a lot of hard work to succeed.

“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,” he said. “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.”

So if my business doesn’t work out will the repercussions fall on my 4th grade teacher, my parents, or the road?  Hmmmm no.  I wonder if they will come take away the road by my business.  If that road, and the people who built it, are responsible for my success wouldn’t they also responsible when I screw up and fall flat on my face?

No.  The Government is NOT responsible for every success story in America.  It takes a lot of hard work.

And by the way, I love how the President’s example includes that of a “great teacher.”  But please allow me to clarify something.  It is true.  There are a lot of great teachers out there who have inspired a lot of people.  I’ve had great teachers.  We all have.  Everyone one of us has teachers, friends, mentors, and family that we rely on.  And hopefully, we’re teachers and mentors for others as well.  I’m all for working together.  Most of the best things in life are created by individuals who collaborate and rely on teams.  I believe in teamwork.  What I don’t believe, is that the Government is a necessary member of the team.  Great teachers are one thing.  Government intervention is another.

WOW.  I started that with “I’m going to touch on this for a minute.”  That was almost a novel.

Now to what was said this last Sunday.

There is soooo much that bothers me about that clip.  First, from now on whenever you see the phrase “Shared Prosperity” read “Robbery.”  Taking what someone else has earned, by force, and giving it to someone else, or spending it on policies that continue to fail, is robbery.  Plain and simple.  Another catch-phrase the President has created this election is, “The rich need to pay their fair share.”  It’s a cute phrase.  It rolls right off your tongue.  The problem is, it doesn’t mean anything.  What exactly is “fair?” If the IRS grabbed 100 percent of income over $1 million, 100%!!!!  They would take in $616 billion.  That’s only a third of this year’s deficit.  (The word “deficit” is a fancy way of saying “what we over spend”).  Our national debt would continue to explode.  It’s stupid.  Future Vice President Paul Ryan has said it countless times: we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.  In fact, no matter how much the government brings in, I think we’d all agree that government spending will rise to meet exceed tax revenue income.

Another thing that bothers me about the clip is this:

“I believe we have to go forward.  I believe we have to keep working to create an America where no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, no matter who you love, you can make it here if you try.”

First of all show me any American who doesn’t believe you can “make it if you try.”  There isn’t one.  And then there is the whole, “no matter who you are…last name…what you look like…blah, blah, blah” crap.  This is the President, of the United States, the most powerful man in world, who was, for the most part, educated overseas, didn’t step foot on the mainland of America until he was in his late teens, who (while the country is fighting several wars against radical Islam) has the name Barack Hussein Obama, and who, incidently, is black, implying that America is currently NOT a country were you can succeed no matter who you are, what you look like, where you are from, or what your last name is.  HE is the ultimate American success story!!!

The reason this kind of rhetoric bothers me is because it further divides us all into classes. People are no longer “successful.”  Instead, they are “rich.”  It implies that having money is a bad thing.  It’s a socialistic mentality.  It creates dependence.  What we need to do is encourage creativity, success and entrepreneurship.

With both clips, Obama’s view beings and ends with “you didn’t build that.”  So it’s not yours.  If it’s not yours it can be taken away.


Lifezilla:  SNIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFF  Ahhhhhh!!!!  Don’t you just LOVE that “new article” smell?

One response to ““You didn’t build that Government. We did.”

  1. Dear DD,

    Dave/Danny 2012

    Two Men
    One Vision
    Eleven WIves

    In my defense, I did warn you game on, yesterday…I had to respond…have given out your blog a couple times and people will think I am one of you haha…I know I could not be more different than you guys and I get that the eye rolling will be frequent…I am used to it…but you have to help me here…I can’t get my head around this…and I really tried for brevity…this is actually the condensed version. And, I didn’t have time to re-read or proof any of this, so good luck!

    Why is it so insulting for Obama to say that wherever you are today is probably not solely because of yourself? What is so terribly insulting about that statement? I don’t get it. Do you really believe that your circumstances and’/or surroundings have not aided you in any form? Living in this country, where freedom abounds, where you are protected night and day to pursue your efforts as you please guarded by a military to keep you in your safe haven has had no impact whatsoever on your success? None? Do you truly believe any small business that has been successful in this country would have been possible in let’s say, Syria? America, itself had no impact on your prosperity? I think it is pretty fair to say that every single person that is successful in this country can not only look at themselves as hard working, but they also can accept the fact that America had much to do with the success of their efforts. America exists because men and women died for us to have this country…I believe that counts as help.

    I had to laugh at the successful and rich “switch.” Interesting. I could not disagree more here…a successful person is not always rich…and a rich person is not always successful. They have very different meanings. Rich implies wealth. Success would be more along the lines of achieving an aim or purpose. Let’s not mix up the two words or use them synonymously…a person may be quite successful and not have a dime to their name, while a wealthy person could be rich and be unsuccessful…a person can also be rich and successful…one has never defined the other…and being rich has never been a crime…unless of course you buy into the Bible…and then it turns out you might want to get a camel and start practicing with your needle…just sayin’

    Shared prosperity vs. robbery…robbery would be the taking of something someone has earned against their will and giving it to someone else? I guess I don’t follow here…would not all taxes be considered robbery? Or is it just robbery at a certain percentage? Is 11% acceptable, but 11.1% robbery? Your argument implies that all taxes would be considered robbery…or just the taxes that are given to others…food stamps, WIC, health care coverage for impoverished children? Are just those taxes in the robbery category or is it robbery to collect taxes to provide you with a military that serves you night and day, how bout your schools (ok, Dave is exempt from that one haha)? Is is robbery if your money being taken against your will benefits you by maintaining a civilized society? I think it is funny how people seem to be so outraged by the 13% of taxes that are used to help the poor…yet, don’t ever complain about the other 87%…but then again, it would be pretty gutsy to complain about those taxes when the majority of taxes in America collected or stolen, as you put it go to defense…to keep you in your safe little world where you can bitch about taxes and not be afraid of retaliation or imprisonment from your government…seems like a fair trade to me…I am sure plenty of soldiers would have paid their 25% but instead paid with their lives…maybe instead of having to rob people, we could just sent around an envelope, kind of like fast offerings and ask people to give what they feel is right…they don’t have to pay anything,,,just a little contribution of sorts…we collect the monies and then hire the 4 soldiers that we would have enough money to pay a salary…I mean, really…do you not feel you owe something for the privilege you have of living in this country? and it is a privilege…

    oh, and finally…the statement that we need to keep working on an America where no matter who you are, you can achieve…this is the one that really KILLS me…had me frothing at the mouth…calling Obama the ultimate American success story is exactly the reason…and I mean exactly the reason that we need to keep working towards that day…and by that day, I mean the one where you don’t call someone the ultimate success story because they are powerful and black…with a Muslim name…the fact you have to point this out is the whole issue…why do we consider him a success??? because a black person rose above who they were supposed to be? because someone with a Muslim name can still be elected? Freak…seriously?? I mean, don’t get me wrong…I loved seeing a black President because it was finally a step in a direction this country needs to keep going…I mean really if you think about it,,,only about 150 years ago, we owned people like him…yes, like property…livestock, if you will…we sold black people…we owned them…and to think that things here are perfectly equal now is absurd…look at our prisons…70% of the US population is white..and yet, 69% of the prison population is non-white…do the math…it doesn’t take a genius…You have to think about that…really…just that many more non-whites commit crimes?? Why is that?? These are real issues…for anybody to think that everyone in this country starts out on an equal playing field is naive…sure, opportunity is there for all…but to say it is the same opportunity is ridiculous…

    and I totally agree with Mr. Ryan…we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem…I wholeheartedly agree that something has to be done…I just don’t know that the cuts you see as being most beneficial are the ones that I see…we can go round and round about this forever…fact is, both tickets will rob you of your money and collect taxes…both…look at the plans…it isn’t like RR is proposing to reduce your taxes…do you really think your taxes will go down under RR? You think you will pay less under them? You won’t. Their plan is not going to reduce taxes for you…it reduces them taxes for some…just not you.

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