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.It's a no-brainer. Yet Mitt Romney, idiot, is offended:
I don't think anyone could have said what he said who actually started a business or been in a business. And my own view is what the president said was startling and revealing. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a president of the United States.I've started a business. Two, in fact. Kos Media, parent of Daily Kos, has 20 full-time and a handful of full-time equivalents. Vox Media has close to 150 employees.
And guess what? I couldn't do what I did without employees and readers (i.e. "customers") educated in public schools and universities. I couldn't do what I did without the government-created internet. I couldn't do what I do without my employees being able to drive to work in government-funded roads and public transportation systems. I couldn't do what I do without a government-regulated securities system that allows investors to engage with clearly delineated rules and protections.
The list goes on and on.
What's breathtaking is the arrogance and hubris of a legacy rich fuck who thinks that any single person can build any business without the help of a government-created, government-funded or government-regulated entity. I'd love to see ONE example of that magical entrepreneur. Just one.
You need that first good idea. No one doubts that. And the successful entrepreneur will get a lifelong of accolades for that idea. But that, in no way, suggests that any business is built by one person, and without any government help. Claiming otherwise simply flies in the face of all evidence, reason and common sense.
Which, of course, is par for the course for the Republican Party.