It seems that the more I point out that our president is economically illiterate the more he goes out of his way to prove me correct. President Obama gave us our first taste on a national level of his ignorance with his "Spread the wealth" comment when he met Joe the Plumber. Being given such an excellent glimpse into the belief system of a man who the American people knew so little about our investigative press did its job and went… dumpster diving into the background of this man who had the audacity to do the job that journalists weren’t willing to do themselves. Once in office Obama helped to sell us on his health care reform by informing us that if you liked your health care plan you could keep it and that your rates would not go up. Only somebody who is completely out of touch with reality could make a remark like that, but the left still swooned over the brilliance of our president.
Recently the president decided to not only make a fool of himself by showing his inability to understand the difference between outsourcing and offshoring (outsourcing is when the president authorizes the government giving money to Solyndra rather than have the Department of Energy build solar panels themselves, while offshoring is when the president suspends offshore drilling in the US and supports it for Brazil), and when Romney pointed out that there is a difference the president double downed on stupid and mocked Romney for pointing out that there is a difference.
Now, he is at it again with his "You didn’t build that" speech. Yes, the president gave a brief nod to what the private sector accomplishes, but statements like his show the arrogance and disconnect from reality that our president suffers from. If government "created" all of these roads and schools, where did the money to pay for them come from? The fed’s printing press is not an ATM, and everything that the government spends is paid for either by lessening how much capital is available to spend or invest today, or as we have been doing robbing future generations for politically expedient promises today.
To give another example, the president is putting the cart before the horse. The government can be helpful toward business, in the same way that a cart (government) can help a person bring more goods to market than by simply what he can carry on his horse alone (the private sector). Without his cart the salesman can still function, if not as effectively as he would like. Take away the horse though? That cart is going nowhere, and overloading the cart just wears out the horse.
Yes, the government plays an important role in our society, but it is not greater than that of a vital private sector. More importantly, the government does not "create" jobs, and by definition can not create wealth. Yes, the government built those schools and roads, but these are things that the private sector can do but ultimately chooses not to. If you don’t believe me look no farther than the private school where the president sends his children rather than force them to mix with the offspring of the common folk in DC’s public school system. Yes, it is the president’s right to choose how his children are educated, but I’d have less of a problem if one of his first efforts in office was an attempt to kill off school choice for DC residents less affluent than he is. As for building highways? Look at the first turnpikes – privately built. The name originated with this effort by the private sector, not the government.
Sadly, Iowahawk made a great observation – Our press and leftists are more interested in how Romney spent his own money than how the president is spending ours. The real issue is how so many can still have blind faith in a man who continues to prove that book smarts (albeit unproven) equate any common sense or grasp of reality. What makes the president’s comments even more offensive is that someone who has spent his life as a parasite on society should show some appreciation for what fed him. Maybe someday we’ll see a biography of the president – "The audacity of a dope"
On the plus side, this incident has inspired some great snark! Going back to Iowahawk, for those of you who follow him on Twitter he’s been on fire over the last few days. Here are a few of his greatest hits on this issue:
“Like, we’re like all connected, you know? Like this choom in this bowl, like, somebody else made that happen, man.” Obama, dorm room 1981
Breaking: Government to shut down Build-a-Bear for false advertising
“successful people shouldn’t take credit for their successes, and failures shouldn’t be blamed for their failures.” – Every Failure Ever
“Oh, you get laid last night? Sure, thanks to government roads. You’re WELCOME.” – Barack Obama
Who put the bomp in the bomp shu-bomp shu-bomp, who put the ram in the ramalama ding dong? Government.
That freeway ramp you’re panhandling under? Someone else built that .
What came first, the chicken or the egg? Neither. Chicken government built both.
"Next, a look into the causes of America’s debt crisis" – State-funded radio show
Iowahawk also had to break the bad news to Ministry fans that Jesus did not build their hotrod.
But he summed it up best with this gem:
The only thing funnier than Obama’s comments are the mediots who can’t fathom how anyone could find them offensive
Tumblr also has also inspired a new great meme: You didn’t build that. Here are two tastes:
If nothing else, the president’s inspiration for satire may end up as his greatest accomplishment.
To close out on a more serious note, National Review’s Jay Nordlinger used Obama’s remarks to offer some advice for Romney:
Obama and his team are talking nonsense about outsourcing and other economic matters. Romney should say, more or less straightforwardly, “These people are total ignoramuses when it comes to business. They know nothing. They wouldn’t know a real payroll if it bit them in the butt. Free enterprise is completely foreign to them. They know ACORN, they know lawsuits, they know ‘community organizing,’ whatever that is. But they know nothing about an economy, and this is the knowledge we desperately need now.”
It looks like Romney has taken this advice; let’s hope that the American people can get the message.
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog