Last year I had a few opportunities to navigate the highway maze that is Houston in the great state of Texas. Were it not for my trusty Garmin Nuvi I would still be trying to find my way out of that labyrinth. One day as I was driving along a Houston freeway I came across a billboard advertising legal help to anyone who had been the victim of “mistaken identity”. All anyone need do when faced with this problem is call the catchy phone number 713 WASNTME.

This has been Team Obama’s strategery since The One walked on the pristine waters of the National Mall’s reflecting pool and took his rightful place in the Big Chair. Recession? Three and half years later Barry still boldly declares “Wasn’t Me!” Trillion dollar deficits for as far as anyone can project? The One firmly decrees “Wasn’t Me!” Run the country without a federal budget for over three years? Same answer: “Wasn’t Me!” Blame W. Blame the “obstructionist” congress despite having had super majorities in both houses. It’s like someone in the White House gave The One an “easy “ button and he just keeps hitting it.

Well, now The One has a new tune. He’s gone from “Wasn’t Me” to “Wasn’t You”. During a campaign swing through the Commonwealth of Virginia, Barry sent a very clear message to hardworking Americans – specifically those who have managed to be successful despite his best efforts to derail them with the federal juggernaut. Saith The One:

If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. 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.

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. 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. (Emphasis added)


So, Dear Reader, your personal success can always be credited to “someone else”. You may have gone to school, taken out student loans, come up with an entrepreneurial business venture and taken the personal risk in launching it with no one to pick up the pieces if you fail but yourself. You may have endured long days and short nights sweating the small stuff. Your spouse and children may have forgotten what you look like because you spent so much time on the road or at the office. You may have done all of this and you may well have succeeded.

Just understand that it wasn’t really you. It was someone else. And now you must remunerate this “someone else” in the form of higher taxes. You must do this in the name of “fairness”.

Bear in mind this proclamation comes from a man who, prior to his elevation to the Oval, never actually presided over anything remotely resembling a business venture where the success or failure thereof depended on him. He never met a payroll. He never held a job of any particular consequence. His only accomplishment of note was his authorship of not one but two “autobiographies” both of which seem to be full of exaggerations and very liberal indulgences in artistic license.

Other than a dazzling smile and an ability to effectively deliver a well written speech from a teleprompter, Obama brings little talent to the table. His willingness to credit “someone else” for another’s success may come from his own life experiences. He is always willing to crow about even the slightest bit of his own alleged success. His failures, which are legion, somehow always end up at the feet of “someone else”.

Ronald Reagan said that “there is no limit to what man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit”. It’s one thing for the achiever of success to credit someone else – it’s another thing entirely for someone like Obama to diminish the success of hardworking Americans by insinuating they owe others for the fruits of their own labor.

And yes, somewhere in Tennessee, Algore is wearing a “I used to be the next POTUS” t-shirt and shouting at the television set “Dammit, Barry, I invented the internet!!”

Comments

  • Alaina Segovia

    Well said (but I am a little disappointed that you were in Houston and didn’t call me).

    For the life of me, I cannot understand this line of thinking.  Why am I less successful for working hard because I didn’t do it myself, but those who sit on their couch and watch tv all day are more successful because it’s not their fault.

    I just don’t get it.  I don’t understand how someone can agree with him on this and I don’t understand how anyone, as an American, can vote for a guy who doesn’t believe that running a profitable business is not a success.

    • Anonymous

      You should grab a bite at my brothers restaurant. (I’d have to ask which one he is troubleshooting this month)  

    • Steve M.

      I think the line is very misunderstood and Jon’s emphasis hightens that misunderstanding. I believe it is supposed to be “Somebody invested in roads and bridges; if you’ve got a business you didn’t make that happen. Somebody else made that happen.” As in, if you’ve got a business — you use the roads and bridges that somebody else made happen on your way to success.
      I read/heard this speech as a testiment to American teamwork and integration. Corporate, personal and government cooperation. There are some things governments do best (build roads, fight fires). These things pave the way and provide a means for ingenious men and women to succeed in business.

      • Kjco99

        In the beginning of the country, there were NO GOVTS. to build roads.  Basically, the guys at the taverns/tollhouses collected money from people who stopped there & gave it to another guy in town to go get some tools to hand out to the locals whose turn it was to work on the new road that week. If someone stayed at these inns and the road stopped there but they wanted to continue on, they handed them a tool & said have at it! 

        So, the conservative argument is that there is no magic “government” that did all this work to “pave the way & provide a means” as you say.  Government is NO more than any corporation, it IS the people. 

        There is no chicken or the egg argument of who did it first–we do not believe there is a such thing as an omnipotent government that magically knew what ingenious men & women would need to succeed & beneficently provided. 

        Men & women worked together with each other to make their way in this land, often gathering money we call taxes to pay other men and women to do the work for them.

        Now days that work is often over budget and way beyond schedule and shoddy because the men and women of the country have paid corrupt men and women they elect, via taxes & DEBT incurred, to pay others via welfare to NOT do the work for them in a timely and effective manner in order to buy votes.

        • Gururussell

          Kjco99 for President.

  • Alaina Segovia

    Well said (but I am a little disappointed that you were in Houston and didn’t call me).

    For the life of me, I cannot understand this line of thinking.  Why am I less successful for working hard because I didn’t do it myself, but those who sit on their couch and watch tv all day are more successful because it’s not their fault.

    I just don’t get it.  I don’t understand how someone can agree with him on this and I don’t understand how anyone, as an American, can vote for a guy who doesn’t believe that running a profitable business is not a success.

    • Anonymous

      You should grab a bite at my brothers restaurant. (I’d have to ask which one he is troubleshooting this month)  

    • Steve M.

      I think the line is very misunderstood and Jon’s emphasis hightens that misunderstanding. I believe it is supposed to be “Somebody invested in roads and bridges; if you’ve got a business you didn’t make that happen. Somebody else made that happen.” As in, if you’ve got a business — you use the roads and bridges that somebody else made happen on your way to success.
      I read/heard this speech as a testiment to American teamwork and integration. Corporate, personal and government cooperation. There are some things governments do best (build roads, fight fires). These things pave the way and provide a means for ingenious men and women to succeed in business.

      • Kjco99

        In the beginning of the country, there were NO GOVTS. to build roads.  Basically, the guys at the taverns/tollhouses collected money from people who stopped there & gave it to another guy in town to go get some tools to hand out to the locals whose turn it was to work on the new road that week. If someone stayed at these inns and the road stopped there but they wanted to continue on, they handed them a tool & said have at it! 

        So, the conservative argument is that there is no magic “government” that did all this work to “pave the way & provide a means” as you say.  Government is NO more than any corporation, it IS the people. 

        There is no chicken or the egg argument of who did it first–we do not believe there is a such thing as an omnipotent government that magically knew what ingenious men & women would need to succeed & beneficently provided. 

        Men & women worked together with each other to make their way in this land, often gathering money we call taxes to pay other men and women to do the work for them.

        Now days that work is often over budget and way beyond schedule and shoddy because the men and women of the country have paid corrupt men and women they elect, via taxes & DEBT incurred, to pay others via welfare to NOT do the work for them in a timely and effective manner in order to buy votes.

        • Gururussell

          Kjco99 for President.

  • Anonymous

    A very good read.
    The bottom line is this. If successfully running Bain is a disqualifier for POTUS, Mitt will lose. If unsuccessfully running a nation is a disqualifier for POTUS, Obama will lose.Mitt has to make the case that successfully running Bain is better than unsuccessfully running America.

  • Anonymous

    A very good read.
    The bottom line is this. If successfully running Bain is a disqualifier for POTUS, Mitt will lose. If unsuccessfully running a nation is a disqualifier for POTUS, Obama will lose.Mitt has to make the case that successfully running Bain is better than unsuccessfully running America.