How dumb is the “We did build that” backlash to Barack Obama? So dumb that some moron (and I apologize to garden-variety morons) put a “We Did Build This” rejoinder (to rebut an argument Obama never made) on a hanger next to Sioux Gateway Airport in Iowa that was…wait for it…built by the Federal Government.
I only hope the right gets tired of this idiocy soon. Of course, they’ve hung on to birtherism this long, so what are the odds?
Also, a note to alliterative ABC news correspondent Devin Dwyer: would it kill you to note the irony of the banner you snapped and tweeted facing, you know, public land? In fact, airports, train stations, roads, bridges, and all other manner of infrastructure are exactly what Barack Obama was referring to as the “that” that entrepreneurs didn’t build.
This election cannot come too soon.
For the record, here is the Obama quote in full:
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, 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.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.