I can’t believe he’s using that as his campaign slogan. It’s like he WANTS to lose!

The way you may hear it in the media these days, you would think in a moment of insanity President Obama, in the middle of his own reelection campaign, took 15 seconds out of his day to take a shot at every business owner in the country, stating they did nothing to build their own business, and then said ‘have a nice day’.  I know a lot of people do not like Obama, but doesn’t that strike everyone as a little odd?

Of course, that is not what happened.  President Obama actually was making a full speech, but a soundbite from that speech is being used against him.  See, coverage of politics is not based on substance.  That takes effort.  Also, sometimes substance is not scandalous and exciting.  The media wants attention, and it’s often easier to make up narratives and issues that are interesting than it is to simply fairly cover what is actually being said and done.  So instead of covering Obama’s speech using context, they hacked his speech apart to give it new meaning.  And since people running for office tend to want to win above all else, Romney is more than happy to take advantage of that.

But really, this is for the job to run the country.  So maybe, just maybe, our selection should be more reality-based.  So here is a link to Obama’s full speech where he supposedly said business owners did not build their businesses.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia

And here is a much larger snippet of that speech than most are playing on news channels or printing in the press:

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, first of all, like I said, the only way you can pay for that — if you’re actually saying you’re bringing down the deficit — is to cut transportation, cut education, cut basic research, voucherize Medicare, and you’re still going to end up having to raise taxes on middle-class families to pay for this $5 trillion tax cut.  That’s not a deficit reduction plan.  That’s a deficit expansion plan.

I’ve got a different idea.  I do believe we can cut — we’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts.  We can make some more cuts in programs that don’t work, and make government work more efficiently.  (Applause.)  Not every government program works the way it’s supposed to.  And frankly, government can’t solve every problem.  If somebody doesn’t want to be helped, government can’t always help them.  Parents — we can put more money into schools, but if your kids don’t want to learn it’s hard to teach them.  (Applause.)

But you know what, I’m not going to see us gut the investments that grow our economy to give tax breaks to me or Mr. Romney or folks who don’t need them.  So I’m going to reduce the deficit in a balanced way.  We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts.  We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more.  (Applause.)  And, by the way, we’ve tried that before — a guy named Bill Clinton did it.  We created 23 million new jobs, turned a deficit into a surplus, and rich people did just fine.  We created a lot of millionaires.

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.  (Applause.)

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.

Now if you can read all that and still believe that President Obama is saying that business owners have nothing to do with the success of their own business, then I’m afraid there is no hope for you.  But if we are going to play the game this way, let’s play.  Let’s see what we can come up with if we take Mitt Romney out of context:

Wow, I could go on and on, but Romney is a racist, anti-religion, fascist who thinks we should go further into debt by borrowing more money from China and believes businesses should just hang it up and hand off all power to him.  Or maybe, by taking his words out of context, I’m just completely making that up even though I didn’t actually change his words.

That’s kind of fun and all, but I think we would be better off deciding the election on the actual positions and issues, not on misrepresentations.  There is plenty of room for debate on real stuff, we don’t have to make it up.

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