Romney Is Lying Again – Obama Was Right, ‘Business’ Does Not Build Roads, Bridges And Did Not Create the Internet

If conservatism were a legitimate ideology, Republicans would not have to lie and lie and lie to get elected. The Romney campaign, its adjunct propagandists at Fox and right-wing bloggers are having a field day claiming that Pres. Obama dissed small businesses when he said it was the government, not small businesses, that funds and builds roads and bridges, and that it was government-funded research that developed the Internet.

Here’s the snippet they have taken out of context:

PRES. OBAMA: If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Here’s the context around the snippet:

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.

Here’s more of the president’s speech:

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.

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.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. (Emphasis added.)

Sadly, however, as we learned from the Bush years, conservatives are proficient at lying — remember how they turned John Kerry’s record as a bona fide war hero into a record of cowardice? They know that lying works, and there is a better than even chance that, using lies like this one, Romney will win — and Republicans will keep the House and take the Senate — in November.

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