Over the weekend in Virginia, to a mob of applauding supporters, President Barack H. Obama stated that “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that – somebody else made that happen.” This shocking statement would be utterly remarkable by itself, but for the fact that it is part of a larger attack on working Americans that has been made before by many on the left.if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that – somebody else made that happen – President Barack Obama
In August 2011, Elizabeth Warren, another liberal elite during her campaign, similarly engaged in the politics of division when she stated;
you built a factory out there? Good for you, but I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. – Elizabeth Warren, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20110042-503544.html
There are few statements more divisive, destructive, and ignorant than the ones directly above. However, in their pursuit of political power, the far-left conveniently omits certain relevant facts for emotional effect.
The roads that “the rest of us” paid for were also paid for by the factory owner – does he or she then have any less right to use them than ‘the rest of us’ or does he or she owe more for the use of those same roads than ‘the rest of us’?
The hired workers with educations that “the rest of us” paid for were also paid for by the factory owner. Should then the factory owner be punished for offering others jobs?
The relative safety provided by the police that “the rest of us paid for” were also paid for by the factory owner, does he or she then deserve any less protection than ‘the rest of us’? Moreover, that police force that protects the factory from “maraud[ers]” also protects “the rest of us” as we use the roads to get to and from work.
Now, this line of misleading reasoning is the buttress for the larger argument for disproportionately higher taxes on those that succeed – thus, permitting the government to turn successful money into wasteful money. Additionally, this fallacious ideology ignores the obvious; when factory owners are forced to pay much more, they will hire much less – thus, less jobs for “the rest of us”.
It is no secret that President Obama and others on the left often employ class warfare rhetoric in part to make the argument for higher taxes and redistribution rather than spending cuts and fiscal responsibility. Thus, this blatant anti-growth sentiment, though shocking on its face, is not astonishing considering the leftist ideological source which stands in antithesis to the American can-do spirit, common-sense, ingenuity, and human reason.
Meanwhile, even as the President of the United States criticizes American job creators on the campaign trail, unremarkably unemployment and the national debt continue to soar while the economy continues to underperform.