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    Ray Gaster comments at LI – “I have yet to see a bridge make a payroll”

    Ray Gaster comments at LI – “I have yet to see a bridge make a payroll”

    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.


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    Granny55 | August 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Thanks Mr. Gaster! The blow back on Obama’s remarks have awakened a lot of sleepy voters. And….government did not build those roads and bridges!!! Taxpayer’s paid for and built those roads and bridges for all Americans to use. Last time I looked – small businesses pay all sorts of taxes to support infrastructure. Remember – businesses charge you sales tax on your purchases and then those businesses in turn 100% of those taxes over to the state. I have actually had people question where that sales tax money goes – some actually thought that businesses keep it for themselves – DUH!!!

    I too own a business, and we are proud to be celebrating our twentieth year this year! A rare thing in todays America.

    Anyway, building this business is something we work hard on every single day. And I wish we could somehow communicate to the Democrat leaders, and especially President Obama, what it’s like.

    Not a one of them understand, and not a one of the collectivist scum has ever done it. I admit it: I hate listening to them (Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, President Obama and his little side-kick, Biden) with a passion when they belittle what I do, and I am a very mild person as a rule.

    So thank you for speaking up, and for doing so with language the Democrat tough guys might just understand.

    LukeHandCool | August 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    This is the BS in the media we’re up against. From Yahoo! News:

    She also allowed herself a dig at Obama “I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it.” (Republicans have built a campaign theme out of the president’s contention that entrepreneurs have government to thank for the investments in infrastructure and education, having taken his message to business owners that “you didn’t built that” out of context).

    —Out of context?? Really Yahoo! News?

    Is this a result of some notorious fact checking you’ve done? The kind of fact checking that almost always is to the Democrats’ advantage. Funny how many people have watched the entire clip (aka in context) and think it’s even more damning!

    Thank you for your brave stand, Ray Gaster!

    Hope you stick around and make your voice heard.

    theduchessofkitty | August 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    “I have yet to see a bridge make a payroll.”

    And if you find one who does, I have a bridge to sell ya! 😉

    I am so happy that a friend sent me the link to LI as your reaction to my post is indicative of the responses I have been receiving over the last month. Yes, it’s running 95%+ in favor of both the banner and the language used. I have heard from almost every state, received over 1,000 phone calls, 1,000 emails, and about 200 cards and letters. It is a humbling experience to be praised so much; to be called a patriot, a man of courage, a real American, and every other accolade of praise and honor. The point of my actions had none of this in mind. The act was one of addressing a slander that cut so deep that it deserved an answer. A lot was at risk. But maybe, having the courage of one’s conviction would spark a rallying point for other businesses to follow. Indeed this has happened. The website has shipped banners and bumper stickers to over 40 states. I have received emails of similiar banners from about a dozen businesses in as many state. One of my favorites is from the Midland TX oilfield area saying, “Obama can Kiss my Derrick.” with a picture of an oil derrick on it.
    This fight is not over. Over the years we have been told that individuals are really not responsible for their failure, their bad decisions or actions. Our society is responsible and it is not your fault. Our parents or others have let us down. You are a victim of all this. Now comes Obama talking about individual not being responsible for their successes in business. Why the government built these roads, provided water and sewers, along with regulations for companies, zoning, buildings, and ad nauseam to the point that success is no longer earned but is granted by higher authority. That is not the America I know. Nor is it the one I will accept. What has made this county economically great is the freedom to take an idea, mix it with initiative, plus opportunity; then devote the time and energy to succeed. For those who are fortunate enough to succeed, they can then look back and whisper with pride, “I built that.” No one can take that away.
    Regards, Ray

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