At a Campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia, July 13, 2012 – President Obama said…
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.
Here is Mitt Romney’s rebuttal to President Obama’s remarks made July 17, 2012 at a campaign stop in Irwin, PA.
We especially like this analysis by Charles Krauthammer posted July 22, 2012
Hard work, not the State, Builds Business
Posted at FoxNews on July 20, 2012, President Obama, government cannot create wealth, only business can create wealth
If you haven’t read the 1957 classic “Atlas Shrugged”, or seen the movie, now is the time. The brilliant author, Ayn Rand emigrated from Russia in 1926 at the age of 21. In this novel, she explores a dysfunctional United States where Society’s productive citizens are suffering from crushing government regulations and increasing taxation.
She describes a world in which a bloated government asserts more and more control over individuals and industry, leading to the collapse of society. Businesses are closing. Industries are disappearing. Unemployment is high. The most productive citizens slowly disappear. Wesley Mouch, the ultimate bureaucrat, is the enforcer of the destructive regulations.
The heroine, Dagny Taggart is the Operating Vice President of Taggart Transcontinental, her Grandfather’s giant railroad company. Her effort is mostly spent fighting government regulations to save her company.
“Atlas Shrugged” is a timeless novel that has become even more popular today than it was when it was released in 1957, because believe it or not, she was describing today. We are coping with the current destruction of industry, the closing of businesses, our dependence on foreign oil, severe restrictions on domestic oil exploration, tremendous debt to China and healthcare costs that are beyond the reach of many, which has now led to a Government takeover of the healthcare industry.
We have a meaningful parallel example of intrusive Government healthcare regulations that exists right here in our midst. Rulon Stacey, PhD, President and CEO of our Poudre Valley Health Systems has written the book “Over Our Heads – An Analogy on Healthcare, Good Intentions, and Unforeseen Consequences”. In it he uses an analogy of a fictional corner family Grocery Store, and regulations that are progressively enacted which destroy that private business operation. At all points along the way, Rulon Stacey shows how the events directly relate to actual laws enacted by politicians in Washington DC that have caused the ever-expanding Medical costs in America.
In the Administration today, we have a band of elected and unelected “Wesley Mouches” (including Ken Salazar), who persist in their attempts to restrict private-sector business, redistribute wealth, spend far beyond their means and diminish our positive role in the world.
I heartily recommend reading both of these books to recognize how intrusive our Government has become in our lives, and to understand that the insanity has to stop. “Over Our Heads” and “Atlas Shrugged” are available through major bookstore outlets. The DVD for Part One of the “Atlas Shrugged” Trilogy is available through Netflix “, Atlas Shrugged – Part 2 is coming out on October 2012.
This cartoon made in 1948 demonstrates the importance of freedom and why we need to be skeptical of government promises. The concepts presented are just as true today as they were 60 years ago.