Obama’s arguments on business creation hurt his attacks on Romney

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: July 22, 2012

AFTER slamming Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s business record for weeks, President Barack Obama gutted his own attack ads with just two sentences: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

In Obama’s world, your success isn’t really your success. The government deserves credit. Business owners were surprised to hear Obama was responsible for their accomplishments. They had the crazy idea that long hours of hard work and the investment of personal funds played a big role.

In addition to defying common sense, Obama’s reasoning undermines his attacks on Romney. Obama’s campaign claims Romney outsourced jobs while at Bain Capital. One Obama staffer even implied Romney was a felon, based on claims that fact-checkers quickly shot down. Now we know the truth. In the world of Obama logic, Romney couldn’t have outsourced jobs. Because he didn’t create the jobs. Someone else — the government — did that.

If the government gets credit for Romney’s business success, shouldn’t it get the blame for failures? Of course, Obama wants to take credit only for business achievement; he still blames the private sector for layoffs rather than his failed economic policies. That’s obvious from the president’s endless stream of excuses for the current sorry state of the national economy.

If you’re Barack Obama, you didn’t build this economy. Someone else did. Probably George W. Bush. He’s been out of office for 3

years, yet Obama still blames Bush for sluggish hiring (that is, if business owners actually hired people, which we now know they don’t, according to Obama).

Obama has also blamed the Japanese earthquake, European instability and Arab uprisings for his failure to improve the American economy that, you know, business owners didn’t build. Heck, he’s even singled out ATMs as a cause of economic disruption.

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