Obama: Business owners don’t grow businesses, everyone else does! Or something…

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**Posted by Phineas

Continuing to display the deep economic knowledge of the Democratic Socialist who’s never been outside the ivory towers of academia and government, President Obama last night explained to us bitter-clingers how wealth is created:

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.

Remember that, folks. If you built a successful business, you had nothing to do with it. The long hours you put in and the pleasures you deferred were immaterial. It was all the government, so hand over more tax money, you ungrateful, selfish wretch.

Now, I’m not one who says government has no role, or that no taxes are ever justified. Building roads, creating infrastructure, establishing the rule of law and providing access to courts to seek redress — all this plays a role. But Obama’s argument sounds like a statist’s economic version of “Field of Dreams” — if you build it, wealth will come.

Sorry, Barack. It just doesn’t work that way.

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air thinks Obama is channeling Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren, who famously said something equally ignorant. But I think Jim Pethokoukis hits the mark:

Beyond the frightening collectivist tinge of the statement, Obama clearly has NO IDEA why economies grow over the long term.

Yep. He’s clueless about how wealth is created, as is most of his cabinet. As I’ve often said, when one becomes a liberal Democrat, it must be a requirement to surrender all knowledge of economics.

This November, let’s elect someone who has a clue.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Obama gets crucial endorsement — from Hugo Chavez

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Call it “simpatico:”

“Obama is campaigning. He’s a candidate. I hope the real revolutionaries understand well. I think that Barack Obama – aside from ‘the president’ – is a good guy,” he said.

He must see a kindred spirit:

 

Yeah, if it weren’t for that whole “president thing,” couldn’t you just see them sitting down for a couple of cervezas, kicking back, and chewing the coca paste (1) together?

We should see this endorsement all over the TV waves — in Mitt Romney commercials.

PS: Romney 2012.

PPS: Obama doesn’t think Chavez is a threat to the US. Fausta counts the ways he is.

Footnote:
(1) Oh, don’t look at me like that. President Choom admitted in his memoir that he used coke and grass.  I’m sure he could handle it like a pro.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Bad news for #Trayvon militants: FBI finds no evidence of #Zimmerman racism

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Yet another week goes by in which militant liberal supporters of the state’s case against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin have to be disappointed. This time it’s over statements collected by the FBI in which they tried to determine whether or not there was evidence in existence that proved Zimmerman had a history of racism, which in turn could have led to the possibility of federal “hate crime” charges being leveled against Zimmerman in the event they thought they could prove he was motivated by Martin’s race. From the Orlando Sentinel:

Federal civil-rights investigators interviewed dozens of George Zimmerman’s friends, neighbors and co-workers, and no one said he was a racist, records released Thursday show.

FBI agents spread out across the state, talking to three dozen people, including gun-shop employees, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée and the Sanford police detective who led the investigation into the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old.

None said he or she had ever known him to show racial bias. A co-worker who saw him the day after the shooting said Zimmerman was “beat up physically and emotionally.”

Chris Serino, the police detective who interviewed Zimmerman the night of the shooting, told agents he thought Zimmerman had pursued Trayvon “based on his attire” and not “skin color.” Zimmerman, he said, has a “little hero complex” but is not a racist.

Zimmerman’s account sounded “scripted” to him, Serino said. Even so, he did not have enough evidence to justify an arrest, he told an FBI agent, even though he was getting pressure from a small number of officers within the department to file charges.

A gun-shop owner said Zimmerman came in weeks after the Feb. 26 shooting and said “his life was in danger and he needs more guns.”

He got at least one more: The day of his arrest April 11, FDLE agents found in his rental car a “cop killer” handgun, a Belgian-made semiautomatic pistol, capable of firing bullets at such high velocity that they can pierce body armor. He also had three magazines of ammunition.

Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée, who filed a domestic-violence injunction against him in 2005, described Zimmerman as “protective and territorial” toward her and “having a bad temper,” but he was no racist, she told the FBI.

He socialized and played basketball with white, black and Hispanic men and “never exhibited any biases or prejudices against anyone and did not use racial epithets of any kind,” an agent quoted her as saying.

Co-workers also said they saw no signs of ethnic or racial bias. They described Zimmerman as “pleasant” and “outgoing.”

The FBI got involved after the Department of Justice launched a civil-rights investigation into Trayvon’s shooting.

It’s also important that the even state of Florida’s case against Zimmerman does not include even the slightest hint that they believe he was motivated by race in the killing of Trayvon Martin. In fact, in the now infamous 911 call where the sensationalistic, derelict MSM and their “audio experts” concluded early on that Zimmerman said “f*cking c*ons” under his breath about Trayvon, the state’s case alleges he likely said “f*cking punks”, which is what Zimmerman told his lawyers (at the time) he said.

So let’s recap here: The state doesn’t allege racial motivation, the FBI could find no racial motivation. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist (I don’t think it does) but what it DOES mean is that the likelihood of a FEDERAL prosecution of George Zimmerman is unlikely at this point. Couple this with the fact that prosecutor Angela Corey’s extremely weak case (so far) for the 2nd degree murder charge could very well fall flat with the eventual jury, if the evidence and statements presented at trial is anything like what we’ve seen so far. If Zimmerman walks free (or ends up with a light sentence), and is not charged under federal hate crimes laws after all that has been said and done by the race hustlers like the Revs. Jackson, Sharpton, liberal pundits and the like, tensions will be inflamed even more to the point that I fear there will be mass rioting in the streets in Florida (and perhaps elsewhere), not to mention more violent “revenge crimes” in Trayvon’s name. The renewed racial animosity stirred up by so-called “civil rights leaders” (and the MSM, I should note) will be shown once again for it’s high degree of flagrant disregard for the rule of law and order – not to mention civility, which Sharpton and Jackson clearly care nothing about when it comes to getting their names in the papers and soliciting for $$$ from “societal victims” (both black and white) who fall for their shameless, irresponsible, and DELIBERATE baiting, taunting, and lies — all in the name of feathering their own respective nests.

Something for which they, unfortunately, will never be held to account for in a court of law. The court of public opinion, on the other hand …

Update – 11:27 AM: BTW, Zimmerman’s lawyers have asked for a new judge in his trial. Find out why here. (via @lauderdalevet)