You didn't build that

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President Obama told small businessmen not to take so much credit for their success, saying, "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." (emphasis added)[1]

The Wall Street Journal says “rarely do politicians so clearly reveal their core beliefs ... the President who says he wants to be transformational may be succeeding--and subordinating to government the individual enterprise and risk-taking that unlerlies prosperity.”[2] In the New York Daily News, S. E. Cupp charges that the President’s is attacking the individualism inherent in the American dream.[3] Several authors points out the phrase in question comes from Marx’s “Labor Theory of Value.” Labor creates the product to which nothing is contributed by management. Profit, therefore, is theft. The capitalist is a parasite.[4][5] Forbes’ author Harry Binswanger, writes “This gigantic fraud is aimed at a single goal: re-assuring life’s losers that their failures are not their fault.” Achievement is an illusion, according to Obama, and you are just as deserving as Steve Jobs.[6]


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  2. "You Didn’t Build That", Jul 18, 2012. 
  3. S. E. Cupp. "You Didn’t Build That", Jul 18, 2012. 
  4. Ron Ross. "Obama’s Labor Theory of Value", Aug 13, 2012. 
  5. Robert Ringer. "Karl Marx and our Emperor on Envy", Aug 8 2012. 
  6. Harry Binswanger. "Revenge Of The Zeros", Aug 5, 2012.