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    Comeback to “you didn’t build that” – Romney praised athletes’ families, coaches and sports teams

    Comeback to “you didn’t build that” – Romney praised athletes’ families, coaches and sports teams

    Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line as part of a broader speech about how successful individuals owe that success to government has dug deep into the psyche of Obama supporters.

    MSNBC dug up an old video of Mitt Romney speaking at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics (for comparison, take a look at what Obama was doing back then) in which Romney told the athletes to remember that they received help from family, coaches, and community sports groups:

    “Tonight we cheer the Olympians, who only yesterday were children themselves,” Romney said. “As we watch them over the next 16 days, we affirm that our aspirations, and those of our children and grandchildren, can become reality. We salute you Olympians – both because you dreamed and because you paid the price to make your dreams real. You guys pushed yourself, drove yourself, sacrificed, trained and competed time and again at winning and losing.”

    “You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power,” said Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right! [pumps fist].”

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    Because Romney used the magic words “you didn’t get here on your own” this is the equivalent, the left blogsphere claims, of Obama saying that successful individuals must pay more in taxes than they already do because government helped them succeed.

    As Tom Maguire points out, Obama’s comments would not have been controversial if all he said was that government plays an important role in helping provide infrastructure for the economy.  But Obama, and Elizabeth Warren before him, used the context as an argument for higher taxation for successful individuals out of indebtedness to government for success.

    More important, this illustrates the divide between left and right in how government is viewed.  This quote in the MSNBC article had it right:

    A Republican strategist sends over this response: “The Obama Campaign is comparing the government to a loving parent? What happened to Julia?”


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    You didn’t raise your children alone …

    You didn’t live your life in isolation …

    You will “elect” to exchange liberty for submission with benefits.

    In a free society athletes perfect their talents with the help from family, coaches and teams.
    In the Soviet Union and Communist China it was a project of the state.

      Midwest Rhino in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | July 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Right, and for those that fought the Soviet regime, seeking freedom, they didn’t get to the gulag on their own. Some other slave built that road that got them there, someone else forged those handcuffs. Some independent person’s wealth was confiscated to pay for that. heh

      Back to America ….
      There are roads built by successful Americans’ taxes (at double cost because of unions’ protected bidding), but most great American success is IN SPITE OF the government’s obstruction and overbearing government regulations.

      While our current overpaid teachers are debating “Why Johnny Can’t Read”, individuals find schools that still offer sciences where they can apply themselves, and excel to the point of building new and fabulous technology. They gave up a lot of parties and drugs in exchange for building their future on their own merits, instead of relying on the welfare state.

    Voyager | July 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    To paraphrase the strategist’s response:

    Mr. President, you are not my father.

      theduchessofkitty in reply to Voyager. | July 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

      To modify an old Cold War joke, here’s a pep talk between two Democrat parents and their child.

      – Who’s your father?
      – Barack Obama!
      – Who’s your mother?
      – The Great Democratic Party!
      – What do you want to be when you grow up?
      – An orphan!

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