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The “you didn’t build it” meme has permeated deep

The “you didn’t build it” meme has permeated deep

I guess this is the day for anecdotes.

First, the friend who texted “Omg!” after seeing 2016 Obama’s America.

Then, the carpet cleaning guy today who called this photo to our attention when told about this blog:

(Background on the sign here and just about everywhere.)

I spoke with him about it.  He doesn’t own the company.  But he feels it’s the hard work of owners and employees that build the company, not the government.

When Obama decided to crib Elizabeth Warren’s lines (who in turn cribbed them from George Lakoff), I said Thank you Elizabeth Warren (for possibly costing Obama the election).

I can’t yet say Warren cost Obama the election, but the possibility seems to grow stronger with each passing day.


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Also describes Obama and Warren to a tee.

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I’ve seen this sign popping up in different states in posts on different sites. They substitute the name of the business owner, but the rest of the sign is the same.

It’s a beautiful sight!!!

(I am not usually given to exclamation point over usage, either.) ;o)

What a nasty editorial in the Savannah Tribune!

Democrats love freedom of speech, until someone opposes them. Boo hoo.

    punfundit in reply to CalMark. | August 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Democrats love freedom of speech, so long as it’s their speech.

      scott0317 in reply to punfundit. | August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Democrats don’t mean “unfettered” speech when they call for free speech. They believe “free” speech is that which has been “freed” from traditional thinking. I see traditional as being Judeo-Christian, moralist, self-actualizing and free. Democrats may or may not acknowledge any of these attributes, but add colonialist, war-mongering, nationalistic, racist, sexist, homophobic, hegemonic, &tc. Thus, when we argue with Democrats about free speech we are talking about two different things.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to punfundit. | August 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

      You just nailed something significant. Once the Left really reveals itself about how they feel about free speech, so-called ‘hate-speech’ laws soon follow. One only need look at the UK, France, Germany and…Canada.

      Thank God for our Founding Fathers and that precious document and the foresight to add those ten little amendments. Still, though, with enough of SCOTUS in red robes, they could even start to proscribe our basic rights (e.g. The Second Amendment).

      Vigilance. Vigilance. Vigilance.

legalizehazing | August 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Googled it. The store in Savannah has the same picture attached with arrows drawn to everything tax payer related. Not surprisingly some “Liberals” took the iniative to rank his busines poorly and use it as a personal stump to spew their politics.

Romney Ryan 2012, I’m ready to love my neighbors again

    punfundit in reply to legalizehazing. | August 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I’ve seen that one too.

    It’s the left’s response to our pictures of the Occupy herd and their Apple iPhones using an AT&T cell tower, while wearing Nike shoes, Hollister clothes, Under Armor socks, Oakley sunglasses, all the while carrying plastic shopping bags made from petroleum filled with McDonald’s fast food.

    Their picture purports to show how Gaster could not have possibly thrived without roads, cops, subsidies, etc. Of course the whole chicken v. egg argument doesn’t occur to them; neither does their hypocrisy.

      Estragon in reply to punfundit. | August 28, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Nor does their response address the fact that Gaster and the other business owners and employees paid their share of taxes for the roads and the cops, too, and still do. The idea that having a road by your property means you are getting subsidy is pure Marxism, the State owns it all and parcels it out as they see fit.

        punfundit in reply to Estragon. | August 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

        The left also argues that businesses receive small business tax discounts and the like, implying they pay virtually no taxes.

        Of course the left fails to mention all the “free riders” who use public roads, benefit from police protection, and theoretically from socialized education, and draw welfare checks paid from taxes, but who themselves pay *no* taxes whatsoever.


      As a business owner he pays taxes. And his employees probably do, as do his suppliers.

      His representatives (!) whoever they may be at whatever level are supposed to respond to their consituency, It is, after all THEIR money. THEIR town. THEIR state.

      Roads, cops — whatever — provided through the choices of the elected community. If he did get a loan from a bank, he paid it back so his neighbors could get a loan from the bank. Barack didn’t lie awake at night wondering how much he would have to increase prices to stay open and feed families. He just bows to foreigners and prints monopoly money in the WH basement.

      Get real jobs libs.

        Casey in reply to JAL. | August 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Key point: just about every element one may validly claim as “made by the government” was financed by state or local taxes, except the Federal interstate highways.

        State routes? State taxes. Local roads? County/township/town taxes. Schools? In most places (NOT California) town taxes. Fire/police/first responders? City/town taxes,with the occasional county.

        The Feds -President Barry notwithstanding- have nothing to do with all that.

    edward1960 in reply to legalizehazing. | August 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

    your link is dead

Frankly, the “you didn’t build that” isn’t even the worse part of it… the jerk is mocking, he is mocking hard workers, people who are smarter and use that intiative to create something…. he hates the very essence of what made and created the American enterpreneurial spirit and that is what his little rant revealed without a shadow of a doubt.

We should all buy a pound of nails from Mr. Gaster and have them shipped to the White House.

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It would be poetic justice if both Warren and Obama lost because of the Lakoff idea, because they both run away from their deepest beliefs, and whenever they are honest and go off-message it provokes at least raised eyebrows.

But if Obama loses, he can’t blame Warren. His saner friends in the Democratic Senate convinced him she couldn’t be confirmed with her wild leftism, and he packed her off to Boston, safe enough territory and distance.

If he brought her back rhetorically, that’s all on him.

Let’s be fair to the 1/32 Cherokee woman, the Most Brilliant Orator had truncated her incoherent argument, and made “his” argument utterly obnoxious and memorable.

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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.

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