This is just spin.
Kind of playing semantics, aren't you Gary?"The government
took taxpayer funds and contracted with private businesses to build those roads,
bridges and the Internet."Ok. But then, the Government is
"WE THE PEOPLE" and business is "WE THE PEOPLE"Kind
of like Apple computer. People build the computers, ipads, and iphones, but
would they have happened without the coordination of Steve Jobs?"We, the people, did build the roads, bridges, Internet and our own
businesses. "Very true, but "WE THE PEOPLE" also saw the
wisdom to pool our funds in the way of taxes to enable our business to
function.Without that "coordination" it would not have
happened.It is not all or nothing. We need a balance of Govt and
business in order to achieve the greatest synergies.That is common
sense. And that is becoming a rare commodity in some political circles.
During his speech at the 2002 Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics--
Romney made a similar argument about Olympians."You Olympians,
however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power,” said
Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s
Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers,
encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to
organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted
them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the
parents, coaches, and communities. All right! [pumps fist].”To
quote a comedian-Businesses do it on their own, but a 4 minute mile, that takes
Gary Petersen is absolutely correct, We, the people, did build the
roads, bridges, Internet and our own businesses. Along with all the
other beneficial assets of being an American citizen. This is what
we are trying to tell the selfish snobs who thing they are Gods gift to the
What is it with Republicans? This letter argues both sides of the argument.
The government is US! Yes, it acts and coordinates for all of US! We all work
together for the common good, and having a government is how we do it. Why is
this concept so hard for the right wingers to comprehend? They love the
largesse they get, and then turn around and bite the hand that feeds them. It
is the most astounding bit of obtuse hypocrisy I've ever seen!
There's nothing like picking out short words and phrases of a very long
speech in order to justify your hate and promote your political agenda. Foxnews, AM radio, and letter writers like this one, have perfected this
art. Oh how far the GOP has fallen since Reagan:"Our
progress in space - taking giant steps for all mankind - is a tribute to
American TEAMWORK and excellence. Our finest minds in government, industry, and
academia have all pulled TOGETHER. And we can be proud to say: We are first; we
are the best; and we are so because we're free."It's
easy for corporations to pick on our feeble minds when instead of pulling
together as a team, we focus on attacking each other. One has to
wonder, why is the right wing constantly trying to divide us?
'We the people' equals 'the federal government'. Exactly.
Liberal talking point; thanks for your support.
Our society as a whole, the one we are trying to tear apart, is responsible for
the infrastructure and institutions that make our nation what it is. If you
think private industry on it's own would have done this then take a look at
where it sent all the jobs.
This letter to the editor raises the question: what was Obama's point?
Thankfully, we don't have to speculate--in the same speech after saying the
controversial remarks, he clarified his point by saying, "The point is that
when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also
because we do things together."It sounds like you agree with
Creative editing...In a speech in Roanoke, Va., on July 13,
President Obama said,...taxpaying individuals and businesses funded the building
of roads, bridges and the Internet. The government took taxpayer funds and
contracted with private businesses to build those roads, bridges and the
Internet.The president continued...We appreciate our
teachers, law enforcement officers, military and the highways, both paved and
electronic, that allow us to conduct business. We show that appreciation by
paying our fair share of taxes and fueling the national economy with
investments, initiative and hard work.It's easy to edit a quote
to create a political advantage, anytime...anywhere.Democrats dable
in the art, but Republicans have the patent.
Too much GOP rhetoric seems to center on "starve and kill" government to
make is "smaller" rather than "improve government to make it more
effective." Too much GOP rhetoric indicates that we need to eliminate
government rather than make it better. I disagree. Personally, I
don't mind a "big government" if it is effective. If it builds
roads, protects patents for my inventions and apps, and keeps a level playing
field with foreign competitors so that I can benefit from hard work here at
home, so be it! I'm afraid a starved/small government won't be able
to protect my small business from the exploits of big businesses and foreign
imports dumped onto the marketplace and people stealing my technologies for
their own gain.
What was BO's point?There are those who took advantage of the
opportunities created by the founders of the nation, and leveraged it with their
hard work and sweat and abilities, and put their own finances at risk to build a
business and create wealth.There are those who have not chosen to do
so and/or do NOT have the abilities required.BO's point was to
condemn the former because they have not been willing to see the fruits of their
labors go to the latter. In other words, to incite class warfare and curry
favor with the latter.You see, BO's agenda and ideology is
based on equal outcome. Equal opportunity - equal schmopportunity; it does not
mean a THING to him. He wants equal outcome regardless of effort, ability, or
the risks you have been willing to take.but talking of wealth
creation, BO knows NOTHING about that. Our collective and individual wealth has
declined under his misadministration and cash-for-clunkers was a MASSIVE
exercise in wealth destruction.Baron Scarpia,since you want a
level playing field with foreign competitors, you are lobbying for a massive cut
in the corporate tax rates, right?
Individual inventing curiosity and ideas, committed hard work, and "what
if" dreams has been the basis of what we are about. Yes we have built on
others talents and abilities - proof, Sir Isaac Newton, Eli Whitney, Farnsworth,
and all such creative minded indiviuals who stood apart and above regardless of
religious or government help or interference.