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Obama’s deadly gaffe

Every time a republican said something stupid during the primary season, it was quickly labeled a “gaffe.”  Last week, here in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama came to capture our hearts and souls with his soring rhetoric.  He stated,

“[L]ook, 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.”

This really is shaping up to be the gaffe of epic proportions.  We all understand the old Democrat talking point – that no man is an island.  It goes like this, because government provides roads, security, safe buildings, etc., businesses should be thankful to government.  They should always be willing to be taxed more.

Even if that is a valid argument, Obama botched this one and he botched it badly.  It isn’t necessarily true that every successful person got a leg up somewhere.  Some people truly have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. 

And so what if you had a family member or teacher that poured into you?  What does that have to do with a business owner being forced to pay higher taxes, the endgame of Obama’s comments. 

The entire quote is baffling.  Business owners … didn’t build their own business?  It is just so silly. 

This Obama quote really is so stupid, at such a high level of absurdity, that it outpaces every stupid thing that Bush or Romney ever said — combined.  It tests our intelligence.  It tests our resolve to demand honesty.    

Today, Mitt Romney asked business leaders to stand up at a rally in response to Obama’s attack on them.  He asked the crowd to applaud their efforts.  It was a brilliant mood on Romney’s part. 

Business leaders may not be heroes, but they sure as hell shouldn’t be demonized for political gain.  They are people like you and me looking to make money for their families and so they should really be off limits. 

Many of these hard-working Americans are the best and brightest among us.  They are the people that help to define our culture.  They are the people that help poor Americans live at a higher rate than their indigent counterparts abroad.  They are the people that help make our lives easier.  They create jobs for the rest of us.  They form the anchor of our local communities. 

Obama isn’t only going after the millionaires alone anymore, he truly attacking the successful.  I don’t want to say the dreaded phrase, but this truly is the definition of igniting ______(it rhymes with “wlass carfare”). 

Democrats really need to lay off hard working Americans.  Actually, on second thought, they’ve done too much of that already, but you get my drift.

Republicans would do well to tout business, business leaders and economic growth all the way to November.  If Obama keeps throwing R’s softies like these, he may just pull defeat from the jaws of victory.