To the editor:
Many Americans have long wondered why a large part of President Obama's view of America seems to consist of good people vs. bad people. On almost every subject he approaches, Mr. Obama paints a picture of poor, hardworking Americans who are oppressed by evil, rich business owners and corporations.
In a speech in Roanoke, Va., the president spelled out his philosophy in no uncertain terms, offering us our biggest glimpse yet at how he views innovation and entrepreneurship. In Mr. Obama's world, no one deserves credit for their accomplishments. No one deserves the fruits of their labors. And if they are successful, they deserve to be vilified for it.
In case you missed it, here is what the president of the United States said: "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."
Then, the president said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
It was predictable to everyone except perhaps the president and his advisers that his comments have been met with outrage and disbelief. Never in history has the very backbone of the U.S. economy - the small business community - been not only lectured, but actually scolded by the nation's chief executive for thinking that their belief in the American dream was not only unfounded, but even selfishly pursued.
As shocking as the president's comments were for many Americans, we at least now have a clear understanding of how he thinks. Telling business owners large, small and in between that when it comes to their businesses, "You didn't build that," Mr. Obama has denigrated and belittled the economic fabric of American society. The best and brightest among us are not to be appreciated or looked up to; they are simply fortunate, no more to be admired than the average lottery winner.
It is no wonder the president's policies and initiatives have not helped improve our economy or helped create more jobs. He cannot fix that which he does not understand.