Ray Gaster has been in the news because of the sign he posted outside his business.

The sign was called to my attention by a carpet cleaner working in our house who, though not the business owner, shared Mr. Gaster’s sentiments.  I did a short post about it, The “you didn’t build it” meme has permeated deep.

I was very pleased when Ray Gaster himself (yes, it’s him, he registered with an email address at his business) posted a comment.  Here’s the comment in full:

 A friend sent me the link to this site today and I thought it would be useful commenting on what Obama said and my reaction.

His saying that “You didn’t build it. Someboday else did that.” was an insult to every person that ever started or built a business.

My reation was intended to be both strong and understandable to anyone from the streets of southside Chicago.  Obama is collectivist at best and one who doesn’t believe in Free Enterprise. He has never experienced it first hand, only from the outside.

The left claims his remarks were about the roads, bridges and infustructure. Those roads go in many directions and are available to all.  They can lead to success or failure, mediocrity or government dependence. I have yet to see a bridge make a payroll.

ALEX in his comments above is right, the greater insult by Obama was said later when he mockingly chided businessmen that they always talk about working hard.

Then ginning up the crowd with there are a lot of people that work hard. “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.”

Nothing like tearing down achievement.

Just remember, all this controversy arose during the 2012 Olympics. It’s ironic that Obama chose to deride personal achievement at that very moment.

Why would anyone trash personal  initiative and hard work when it comes to business. Our nation is built on millions of small businesses that incrementally contribute to the great econmomy we have.

Free Enterprise should be supported, not mocked.

Mr. Gaster is aware I’m promoting this from comment to post, so if you have any questions or comments, maybe we’ll see him again in the comment section.