Courtesy KT over at the Scratching Post:
Which was inspired by these words from The One at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., this past Friday:
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -- look, 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. (Applause.)
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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
We're baffled. It's such a completely different mindset that frames everything in such a context. A context that even beyond paying taxes for basic government services that delivers the mail, paves the roads and defends the coast (we could go on... they sure
If you doubt us, recall it's this administration that claims as a success how many people they can put on food stamps and further, how unemployment benefits are somehow an economic stimulus.
It's no wonder these people are economic illiterates when, in a sense, they are moral illiterates as well. Yeah, we said it - because a philosophy whereby individual success is defined by the extent by which the government provided it, is immoral. And fealty to anybody beyond yourself and your Creator is inherently immoral as well.
As we recall, it is a government of the people and by the people and not the other way around. They seem to have flipped the script, wouldn't you say?