We Built That

During the GOP convention today, Republicans are harping on President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks…and liberals, who only like it when the other guy’s gaffes are pointed out, are understandibly apoplectic. They still insist that the president was taken out of context.

But when it gets right down to it, in or out of context, it presents the same problems for President Obama. The issue wasn’t just in what the president said, but how he said it. In the vast majority of cases, the people who work long hours day in and day out to build up businesses across our nation know full well that they don’t do it on their own. They have staff and customers, in some cases they have investors, and yes, roads and bridges to help them along. But it’s business owners – both through their tax dollars and the taxes paid on and by the people they employ – that fund the roads and bridges. Every time the president talks about all of the money he wants to “invest,” he is talking about money that comes from hardworking people who don’t need to be condescended to by some Washington elitist whose entire campaign is intent on demonizing them.

This is the president who ran his first campaign on “hope” and “change.” Well, he has brought a lot of change, but people don’t have a lot of hope for where our country is headed. President Obama’s campaign has devolved into two things: attacks on Romney/Ryan, and attacks on the people who build a successful economy. Instead of celebrating the people who make America great, the only thing the Democrats want to celebrate are hand-outs and spending that our nation cannot afford.

We don’t need President Obama to tell us what we didn’t build. We don’t need any president to condescend to us. We need a president who will create conditions so our economy can thrive. Over the past three and a half years, Barack Obama hans proven that he is not the right man for the job.

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