It seems we have been down this "You didn't build that" road before. Like, well over 200 years ago.
Via Ann Althouse:
Lord North: Look, if you colonists have been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by colonists and yeomen who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.
George Washington: Without our consent, we reject your taxes.
Lord North: There are a lot of smart people out there in the New World. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking British subjects of the Crown out there.
Thomas Jefferson: Stop coercing us, Lord North. Your Acts are intolerable.
Lord North: If you yankees were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great King somewhere in your life. Some members of Parliament helped to create this unbelievable Royal Navy system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in French and Indian Wars and the East India Company.
Alexander Hamilton: The King is your king. He is only our king by our agreement.
Lord North: If you've got a medical practice or silver smithery or a cabinetmaking business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The printing press didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the printing press so that all the pamphleteers could make money off the printing press.
Sam Adams: Hey, Lord North, shove your Stamp Act where the sun don't set.
Lord North: All right, all right - everybody just calm down. In politics, we all tolerate a certain amount of spin. I understand these are the games that get played in political campaigns. Although when folks just, like, omit entire sentences of what you said, they start kind of splicing and dicing, you may have gone a little over the edge there, you pesky Americans.
And some observations on last night's opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games: outside of some cheeky moments involving Rowan Atkinson and the Queen Elizabeth/James Bond sequence, it was pretty much a snooze fest.
Oh, and you know we took notice of this from last night:
Hell, even the Chi-comms wouldn't use sick children doing tumbling routines on their hospital beds to propagandize a government program. Then again, forced sterilization and abortions would've cut down on the number of children needed so maybe they could've pulled it off.