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"You Didn't Build That" -- Translating ObamaSpeak

What He Said v What He Meant

By Mark Alexander · Jul. 19, 2012
“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richards Almanack, 1735)
Trust me, I never operated a lemonade stand, but I'm the president!

Barack Hussein Obama never so much as operated a corner lemonade stand, but latest comment on free enterprise, shaped by his lifelong socialist indocrtination, is certainly getting some traction.

Invoking the two pillars of his re-election campaign, tax “fairness” and class warfare, Obama first focused on the tax piece, asserting, “I’m not going to see us gut the investments that grow our economy.”

In ObamaSpeak, “gut the investments” translates as “cut taxes,” and “grow the economy” translates as “grow the government.” This remark was a smokescreen in regard to Democrat efforts to let the across-the-board Bush tax rates expire, which, in effect, will raise taxes on all Americans who earn a living rather than live on the dole.

To that end, Obama’s Senate lap dog, Patty Murray (D-WA), served up this ultimatum: “If we can’t get a good deal – a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share – then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013 rather than lock in a long-term deal this year that throws middle-class families under the bus.”

Of course, EVERY aspect of her classist rhetoric requires a secret decoder ring.

“Good deal” means “raising taxes” and “balanced deal” means “more spending.” If the Demo-gogues were serious about balancing anything, they’d do precisely what “middle-class families” do during tough times: cut expenses.

“The wealthy” means “tax payers rather than tax consumers.” As for paying their “fair share,” the producers and job creators who earn $250,000-and-above (which is the target for Obama’s looming tax increase) while constituting just two percent of the population already pay 43.6 percent of all federal income taxes. Obama is also keenly aware that the top 25 percent of income earners already pay more than 84 percent of income tax revenues and the top 50 percent of earners now pay almost 98 percent of all income tax revenue collected – which means he’s all but created a voting majority who pay little or no federal income tax.

Clearly, Democrats don’t represent the “99 percent.” Instead, they pander to the 50 percent who are the beneficiaries of confiscated and redistributed wealth from the other 50 percent. I invoke again the timeless words of George Bernard Shaw: “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

Continuing with the translation exercise, Murray says Senate Demos won’t “lock in a long-term deal,” meaning “extend tax relief for tax payers,” and “throwing middle-class families under the bus” is what Obama and his Socialist Democrats do best.

Every dollar paid into the bloated federal coffers is one less dollar to be spent or invested in the private sector – where all those “middle-class families” Obama and his cadres use for cannon fodder – are barely making ends meet.

After pitching his plug for tax increases, Obama then got way off his teleprompted script with the most pointed classist and collectivist rhetoric he has yet to regurgitate: “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. … If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Of course, in the context of his socialist agenda, “somebody else” is his collectivist euphemism for “government,” a.k.a. Hillary Clinton’s “village.”

Finally, he asserted that collectivism is responsible for the existence of the middle class: “So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we created the middle class.” (As a half-truth, he may be partially correct. More middle-class folks could be wealthy if socialist government taxes and regulation weren’t holding them back.)

According to Obama, then, we owe all that we are and all that we own to government.

Notably, after having presided over four years of a flat-lined economy, despite spending trillions of dollars with nothing to show but trillions of dollars in debt, Obama’s chronic Narcissistic Personality Disorder enables him to completely ignore reality.

Every time he diverts from his ObamaPrompter, as he did with his “you didn’t build that” condemnation of free enterprise, he exposes his ultra-Leftist socialist agenda. Another notable example is his recent assertion, “The private sector is doing fine.” He went on to suggest the real focus needs to be adding more government jobs. This socialist sick-think mirrors that of Senate Leader Harry Reid, who said of the last round of stimulus spending, “It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine. It’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”

Those assessments should come as no surprise to anyone who supports Liberty and its economic expression, free enterprise. Remember then-candidat Obama's 2008 campaign foible when he told Sam Wurzelbacher (AKA: “Joe the Plumber”), “when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.” Obama is the product of Marxist indocrtination from his earliest years.

My personal favorite from the list of Obama's recent inadvertent socialist agenda comments, however, was when an open mike caught his whispered assurance to then-Russian President President Dmitry Medvedev: “After my election I'll have more flexibility.” Medvedev responded, “I transmit this information to Vladimir [Putin].”

Contemplate those words again: “After my election I’ll have more flexibility.”

As if he hasn’t yet done enough damage to our economy, culture and world standing in his first term? One wonders just what other damage he’d do with “more flexibility” in a second term.

Obama leads his lemmings to believe that business owners are millionaires driven by greed who don’t care about the jobs they create and the families those jobs support. In fact, the vast majority of small businesses – those which make up the foundation of our economy – are owned by men and women who put in long hours for not much more money than their managers and supervisors. But that’s during a healthy economy.

In a failing economy, like the current one under the Obama regime, small business owners who are personally liable for the debt required to operate their businesses, are taking out second home mortgages, maxing their credit cards, and borrowing from relatives and retirement savings in order to keep their businesses solvent.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time returning fire in defense of free enterprise.

“The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn’t build McDonald’s, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft – you go on down the list … to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it’s wrong,” Romney said.

He continued, “[Obama’s] logic doesn’t just extend to the entrepreneurs that start a barber shop or a taxi operation … it also extends to everybody in America that wants to lift themself up a little further … [Obama] would say, ‘Well, you didn’t do that … you are not responsible for that success.’ Obama exposed what he really thinks about free people and the American vision, and government, what he really thinks about America itself. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a president of the United States. We have seen what Obama’s political philosophy brings and we don’t want any more of it!”

Romney closed by asking, “Do we believe in an America that is great because of government, or do we believe in an America that’s great because of free people allowed to pursue their dream? Obama attacks success and therefore under Obama we have less success. And I will change that.”

National Review’s Rich Lowry summed up Obama’s theory of economics: “Behind every successful businessman, there is a successful government. Everyone is helpless without the state, the great protector, builder, and innovator. Everything is ultimately a collective enterprise. Individual initiative is only an ingredient in the more important work when ‘we do things together.’”

Ronald Reagan observed, “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”

We still are, and Obama and his Leftists despise nothing more than self-sufficiency, which is the antithesis of the government dependency they promote.

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228 Comments

The Texas Cooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

Patty....I know that this is just a game to you....but it is our lives that you are bargaining with....and it is hard NOT to take that personally.....you might think about that.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Patrick in Houston replied:

"Thinking" and "Patty Murray" are like light and darkness. They cannot coinhabit the same space.

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Stuart Filler in TX said:

I am astounded every day that there is anyone who would actually vote for that congenital liar and communist Barack Hussein Obama. His degradation of our military and obvious dislike for our country clearly disqualify him for the office he holds.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Bill in Leawood, KS replied:

Lots of people want free stuff (or stuff paid for by others) and they are willing to sell their vote to Hussein to in exchange for the promise

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

K. Andrick in Tucson, AZ replied:

You are right on! I have two questions about the Obama thing: How did we get so many stupid people in America who would vote for him, and who is his financial backer who obviously hates America even more than O does?

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

gadfly32 in stockton Mo replied:

take a good look at the education system over the last 50 yrs. we expected our elected people tp oversee and control what was being taught. Instead we go the Federal dept of education, who decides what books would be used in our schools. And Who would qualify to teach.

Schools where to be locally controled and set up, we allowed the Fed. to dictate to the state education dept. in exchange for getting the govt. to supply books. we have to take back control of our schools and teachers. Starting at the local level. we must attend school board meetings and tell them what we want/need. The squaking wheel gets the grease

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Andrew Jobson in Gainesville, GA said:

If government is responsible for all of the successful people out there, how does President Obama account for all of the people who DIDN'T take risks or succeed? Those people had the same roads and bridges, and most of them had caring teachers or families.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Bill Taylor in Wingate NC replied:

I met and married my wife in Gainesville Ga, then opened me a business in
Cumming Ga at the age of 21, after serving in the navy at 17-19.
The goverment did not put me in business. If they had it would have from taxpayers money. Obama never as much as ran a lemonade stand. How stupid were those who voted for him. Maybe you voted for him to prove you
are not a raciest, vote him out in Nov to prove you are not stupid.

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Jim Bain in The Lone Star State said:

ObamaSpeak is the language of The Ministry of Truth.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Toadroller in Maine replied:

Double plus plus!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

William F. Brna in Monongahela, PA said:

Why doesn't the House of Representatives vote to impeach this charlatan? He has certainly given (and continues to give) more than enough violations of the Constitution to be impeached.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Because there is an incompetent crybaby who would rather play golf with the traitor than impeach him.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Quite simply because to impeach him would open those who vote to impeach to the charges of racism and prejudice and make the whole process one big hate crime.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

James Lynch in Pa. said:

Obama is nothing but a Jr. Al Sharpton. He is a con man of the highest order. Over 100 years ago he would be riding around with a horse and wagon selling a bottle of medicine for whatever ails you. He is a product of the streets of Chicago, an instigator looking to stir up unrest for his own gain.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

Der Fuhrer Oblunder continues FORWARD, with his marxist slogan and distain for the Constituion and America, and his minions of useful idiots in lockstep. Murray is a marxist as well as all in the Democrat Party. They are all traitors, as are those who vote for them.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Doug Schexnayder in Vidalia, La. said:

J. Carter Obama is simply another apostle in the control freak church of secular socialist utopianism…

they all do the same thing...they use platitudes, promises, distractions, lies and smears told boldly... to get power...
then after ignoring the basic laws of economics starts its painful constriction of their nation...
they move to demon-hunting and blame-shifting…

all the while expanding dependency using the productive citizens…
debt soars, tax pleas begin "to save the nation"...yada yada.
The personal pain (housing/fuel/food costs/jobless etc) eventually hurts so many the voter rage is to send home that crop of utopians...
the goal of the arrogant admin is to buy enough votes fast enough to stay in power…

all the while finding new demons to blame for the results of their toxic policies.
It varies some by nation but America is now infected with another arrogant apostle of utopianism…

notice they exempt themselves and voter core from the major pain (like socialized medicine).
Since they have no ethical or moral boundaries its easy for them to lie with confident boldness and baloney phrases.

In a few years this current apostle will be the sad sick joke of the generation.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

I'm hoping he can reflect on his treason from a cell in Guantanamo Bay.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Your being too kind, sir.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Stingray SFO in Lake Eufaula said:

Each decade more and more population groups are given voting 'rights' that were never intended in the founding father's conception of who should have the say as to what is and what isn't to be law and practice of the American people.
It was originally land owners, business owners, and those with a 'vested interest' in America that were the voting citizens. Maybe it's time to return to that position and bring some sanity back into politics and law instead of the maddening circus it is today!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM

pcm_man in Dewey, AZ replied:

This November there will literally be millions of people voting for BO who are not even American citizens. This, unfortunately, is why BO will stay in power.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Alton Womack in Central Florida said:

Words from Obama are just that, either they are scriped for him, or occasionally he goes off the teleprompter and gets in trouble. This is indicative of his entire scripted and pre-planned life. He knows nothing else. Never really had a job, everything including his gold plate Harvard education was also a gift. I hope no one out there believes he actually earned and worked for the that kind of an education.My bet it came with some very serious strings attached. He's a plant and nothing more than a circus barker.doesn't understand most of the time what he is saying,

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Henry Bowman in Nevada said:

Please, please, PLEASE, Mr. and Mrs. America; wake up before it's literally too late and throw this communist and his merry band of radicals out of the White House and out of all public office. If you could see our Founding Fathers, you would see that they are not only turning over in their graves, but are whirling like dervishes!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

K. Andrick in Tucson, AZ replied:

unfortunately, there are many people in America who live without electricity and running water, right in the middle of cities - I know, I saw them when I lived in Georgia for years. Unscrupulous America haters take their big Motor homes to these neighborhoods and give these folks a free meal and a ride to the voter booth with a piece of paper telling them how to vote - and they do it. Guess who one of the biggest of these racists is.

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Baracus in TN said:

Patty Murray and her ilk are all communist traitors to this country. If I had my way they would all be tried, found guilty of treason against our constitution and our way of life, thrown in jail and the key eaten by a great dane.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

jksisco in irvine, ca said:

By Obama's logic, "we" should all be entitled to the profits of every successful business or enterprise, since we made them successful, oops, sounds like wealth redistribution or Marxism.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

MAH in Wisconsin said:

I am also disheartened when I hear Obama's supporters talk about how corrupt Romney is. They are so certain they have their facts straight. What is worse, though, is that they don't care how bad Obama is or how evil his agenda for America is. They'd choose Obama, who wants to weaken the country financially, disarm us militarily, then open the gates for conquest by foreigners, over Romney, who might be a little more liberal than most conservatives would like.
We cannot control what the media is saying about this situation, but rest assured that is where the vast majority who are voting for Obama are getting their ideas. It's a successful strategy for them: set up a buzz work that liberals don't have to think about, just repeat: 'Bain". In Wisconsin it was 'Koch'. Thank God, in Wisconsin enough people recognized the scam. Natioally, though, there are too many that have something to gain by keeping Obama pumping out welfare and social security for those who are 'disabled' by drug abuse, stress, and other psychiatric problems that barely pass muster. These are the people that have their 'gov'ment checks' to lose and who WILL vote Obama. The others will follow the thrill up their leg they get from watching state run media try to blow Obama up as a savior once againl.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Disheartened or not, get out and vote! And bring a couple of friends with you to the polls. Remember, there is safety in numbers and more fun too!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Brian Ehni in Nashville, TN said:

Obama's comments about "You didn't build that" are apparently referencing things that governments build (roads and other infrastructure).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't fuel taxes, local, state and federal taxes, consumer-bought bonds and things like that PAY for all this?

Therefore, are not WE the ones who built them?

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

WarzoneB52 in Maryland replied:

Exactly!!! Thanks for pointing out what I was about to say. Great Job!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM