If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that [road or bridge]. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.Some might say that the line of attack was most effectively delivered by Elizabeth Warren, seen, here.
“President Obama was talking about any business owner, who has been successful, they obviously have pulled themselves up by their boot straps and put their own blood, sweat and tears into making that business successful, but that nobody’s success can be credited just to themselves.
“President Obama was talking about the fact that investments made so that we can have roads to help move vehicles, so that we can have an Internet so that more business owners could actually sell their goods across the globe, so we could ensure that they have employees that get a good education, and therefore they have highly-qualified personnel to help them run their businesses.
“What President Obama was talking about yesterday and Romney and the Republicans well know it, was that we all need to pull together. We all need to be working together. No one person, no one business owner is able to do it all by themselves. We’re all in this together and that’s the approach President Obama takes to governing. So to suggest that he said anything other than that is a distraction.”
Today, Romney finally reacted to what the President said, or rather, to a distortion of what the Obama said. At a town hall meeting in
“Now on Friday he said something which the governor alluded to which really reveals what he thinks about our country. … I know that you recognize that a lot of people helped, you in a business. Perhaps the banks, the investors, there’s no question your mom and dad, your school teachers the people that provide roads, the fire- the policemen.
“By the way there’s a lot of people in government who help us and allow us to have an economy that works and allow entrepreneurs and business leaders of various kinds to start businesses and create jobs. We all recognize that that’s an important thing. Government doesn’t invent those people out of thin air. We pay for those people with our taxes! We’re paying for those resources that we receive.”
According to a U.S. Census Bureau report released in November, 2009, there were approximately 13.7 million single parents in the
Not to mention the fact that when Romney talks about help from Mom and Dad, (for example, to attend college) he is talking about financial assistance. The idea of Moms and Dads who have no wealth and wish they could help their children but simply can’t is beyond Mr. Romney’s imagination.
Is Romney taking credit for the contributions of others when he says, speaking of government workers that create jobs, “We pay for those people with our taxes! We’re paying for those resources that we receive.” We won’t know unless Romney releases his tax returns. Heads up: given the structure of his wealth, it is entirely possible that he didn’t pay ANY taxes during the recession brought on by the very policies he is now advocating.
Is all of this important? Well, here’s why a similar non-dispute could have changed the course of history.
LIEBERMAN: Dick Cheney must be one of the few people who think nothing has been accomplished in the last eight years. Promises were made and promises were kept. Has Al Gore -- did Al Gore make promises in 1992? Absolutely. Did he deliver? Big time. Let me put it that way. That’s the record. Look at the 20 -- look at the 22 million new jobs. Look at the 4 million new businesses. Look at the lower interest rates, low rate of inflation, high rate of growth. I think if you asked most people in
Americatoday that famous question that Ronald Reagan asked, “Are you better off today than you were eight years ago?” Most people would say yes. I’m pleased to see, Dick, from the newspapers that you're better off than you were eight years ago, too.
CHENEY: I can tell you, Joe, the government had absolutely nothing to do with it.(LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE)
MODERATOR: This question is to you.
LIEBERMAN: I can see my wife and I think she’s saying, “I think he should go out into the private sector.”
CHENEY: I’ll help you do that, Joe.
As we can see, Dick Cheney won that exchange. How? By lying, of course. First, let’s examine the record of Halliburton and its dealings with the government.
Following the end of Operation Desert Storm in February 1991,the Pentagon, led by then defense Secretary Dick Cheney, paid Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root Services over $8.5 million to study the use of private military forces with American soldiers in combat zones.Halliburton crews also helped bring 725 burning oil wells under control Kuwait. In 1995, Cheney was rewarded with a position at Haliburton: Chairman and CEO.
When Cheney quit Halliburton to run for vice-president, the company gave him $20 million walking money. Twenty million dollars may not seem like much to a guy like Mitt Romney, but for you and me, in means that if you can earn a modest 5% interest on it, you would be set up to live on a million bucks a year in perpetuity, which is legalese meaning “forever.”
“Bullshit! You made your fortune on government contracts with a company that you established ties to when you were the Secretary of Defense, in return for which they made you CEO when your party was kicked out of government. And then they gave you 20 million more so that you could go back into government where you could really help them out. And when I say them, I mean their shareholders, which, of course, means you, Dick Cheney.”
But someone has to go tell Romney that this line of bullshit about what the President said, and his lame response to it won’t fly.