Business owners reacted furiously when Obama made the gaffe of his campaign by remarking “you didn’t build that” in reference to their businesses. Ross Murty of the Village Corner Deli is another one of those angry businessmen:
Ross Murty likes business, but he doesn’t like President Obama.
And so the co-owner of the Village Corner Deli here agreed to cater Obama’s visit Wednesday — but not before donning a T-shirt blaring the message: “Government didn’t build my business. I did.”
It was a reference to a remark Obama made several weeks ago that his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, has seized upon to portray Obama as anti-business. Obama, referring to the help government provides to businesses by building roads and providing education and other services, said, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”
The belief that a private citizen didn’t build the business they own betrays Democrats’ true thoughts on who owns the fruits of labor. Democrats believe government does, that business can’t exist without government, that roads and bridges built those businesses.
That parking lot? Its creation predates the business which sits upon it. After it was paved the business just appeared. Republicans and conservatives believe that the individual who puts in the labor owns the fruits of that labor and offers a contribution to the government and through the expected good stewardship of that contribution, the government creates roads and bridges. Without that funds given it by the individuals creating wealth in the private sector, the government would have no money of its own.
That’s just it, by the way, the government has no money of its own. Its money is derived from the people, and should be for the sole purpose of executing, federally, Article 1 Section 8. That which remains unenumerated is left to state choice, constitutionally.
It’s American government 101, something this administration seems to have skipped on the way to Alinsky class.
Democrats didn’t assume the risks Murty assumed when he started his business, neither should they lay claim to his successes.
Smartly, one campaign seized upon the moment:
The Obama campaign had no comment on Murty’s T-shirt.
But the Romney campaign seized on the moment, circulating pictures that reporters had tweeted of Murty with his controversial T-shirt. “Mr. President, please stay another day!” the Romney campaign e-mail said.