Calling it “foolish and insulting”, Romney took a golden opportunity offered up by President Obama – almost on a silver platter – to bash the current president over his remarks that entrepreneurs who run successful businesses do not deserve the credit because they received help along the way.
To a cheering crowd, Romney pounced. “To say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John’s Pizza…” he said, “is insulting to every entrepreneur in America”. This extends to “everyone in America, to those who want more skills and a higher income…people who try to lift themselves up…Obama would say ‘well, you couldn’t have gotten to those schools without the roads that government built for you’”.
“We have less success [under President Obama], and I will change that,” he finished.
I am certainly no particular fan of Romney, but his comments here are accurate. It’s insulting that the president of a so-called free country would stand in front of a crowd of people and diminish the hard work and determination that successful business owners put into their organizations. To say that government-furnished roads helped those business owners in their success and, therefore, limits the effect that the owner had over his business’ success is naive and fundamentally embarrassing to a country who’s private sector is second to none.
Governments do not build societies, Mr. Obama. Governments provide essential services and protect the people against national security threats. Businesses provide jobs. Businesses innovate. From the cars you drive to the cereal you eat, private business is the root of any 1st world society.