Business leaders fire back at Obama over his ‘no man is an island’ remarks
POSTED AT 6:01 PM ON JULY 16, 2012 BY HOWARD PORTNOY
A popular idiom holds that “those who can, do, while those who can’t, teach.” A third corollary that might be added is that “those who can’t do either take shots at those who do.”
Witness the president, who apart from having been a lecturer in constitutional law (though you’d never guess it from some of his comments), appears never to have held down a real job prior to entering public office. That didn’t stop him from running off at the mouth in Roanoke, Va., last Friday, where he told a group of supporters (video here):
"A lot of wealthy, successful Americans … know they didn’t"—[uncomfortable pause]
"look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own
." [Did you hear him?] "
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." [so basically, you're not smart]
"It must be because I worked harder than everybody else." [he has news for you; your hard work is meaningless]
"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." [Just to be clear "great teachers" get no credit for their accomplishment either]
"Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive." [are you figuring out who that "somebody" is yet?]
"Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else
made that happen.…Wow! - And we're not suppose to run screaming with this????????? - What does it take to wake some people up?
Conclusion from Hotair.com:
Such moralizing is galling, especially coming from a man who used the first-person singular pronouns I and me a combined 117 times in a single 25-minute speech earlier this month. Plenty of people have pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, and a group of them—the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)—wasted no time in taking the president to school for his comments.
“What a disappointment to hear President Obama’s revealing comments challenging the significance of America’s entrepreneurs,” the organization said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “’His unfortunate remarks over the weekend show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs.”
A spokesman for the NFIB added, “I’m sure every small-business owner who took a second mortgage on their home, maxed out their credit cards or borrowed money from their own retirement savings to start their business disagrees strongly with President Obama’s claim. They know that hard work does matter.”http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/07/16/business-leaders-fire-back-at-obama-over-his-no-man-is-an-island-remarks/