We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I love it that Z has nothing to argue except that "You didn't build that" isn't really what ECOTUS meant if you ignore everything he said in context and deconstruct the sentences with a blackboard, a pointer, and a decoder ring.
But remember: we belong to Government, and only to Government. Which is something else he didn't mean when he said it.
Texan99: I love it that Z has nothing to argue except that "You didn't build that" isn't really what ECOTUS meant if you ignore everything he said in context and deconstruct the sentences with a blackboard, a pointer, and a decoder ring.
Any fair reading of the context shows that he was referring to infrastructure.
" The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. "
Yes, believe it or not, we all figured out a long time ago that he was referring to infrastructure. His conclusion was that business owners deserve little credit for building their businesses, because infrastructure. "You worked hard? Lots of people worked hard," etc. His point was blindingly clear even after folks like you repeatedly explain it to us.
The number of entrepreneurs who succeed is maybe 8 million more or less. Why is it that if it's the infrastructure that the 51% who pay no taxes because they make so little or the 50 million or so who accept food stamps and other forms of welfare didn't "succeed"? If it's the infrastructure why do we have so many failures? It would seem obvious that the answer is that those who succeed do something right, something better then those who fail. This seems to negate the effect the infrastructure has on success. It seems to be a logical conclusion that those same successful people would succeed even with less infrastructure. It would also seem to be logically obvious that with more infrastructure those who have failed would still fail.