It seems a clever way to hammer home Obama’s biggest gaffe of the campaign season. Make the president’s “you didn’t build that” quote into a theme for the GOP convention that will be held in Tampa next week (as long as the weather doesn’t scuttle the entire enterprise).
The GOP is turning what some see as a presidential slight aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs into a theme for a night of the Republican National Convention next week, titling Tuesday night’s session “We Built This!”
An RNC official tells FOX News Tuesday’s schedule also includes a speech by Sher Valenzeula, a Latina candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Delaware. Her campaign website notes she and her husband started an upholstery business that makes padding for baseball umpires and military vests worn by members of the Israeli military.
The theme and list of speakers are meant to directly contrast comments President Obama made in Roanoke, Virginia last month. Describing what he noted as the federal government‘s role in helping the private sector, the president pointed to infrastructure and education.
“Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive,” the president said of business owners. “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Opponents have seized on the “you didn’t build that” line in television ads, web videos, stump speeches and interviews, while the Obama campaign says the president meant business owners didn’t build roads and schools.
Despite that claim, the Romney camp has continued to bash the remarks as indicative of a president who is out of touch with job creators. Romney‘s surrogates will double down on the attack next Tuesday in Tampa.
The Democrats are already pushing back. It’s being pointed out on several liberal blogs that the arena where the convention is to be held — the Tampa Bay Times Forum — was built partially with government funds.
“We Built This” (the GOP’s “Call Me Maybe”), is the catchphrase of the season, and it’ll be a major theme of the Republican National Convention at the end of this month. The irony? They’ll be holding that convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, formerly the Tampa Bay Ice Palace, which was publicly financed. The Daily Dolt, a humor/politics site pointed out the irony first and according to the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School, 62 percent of the funding that built the Tampa Bay Times Forum a.k.a. The Tampa Bay Ice Palace in 1996 came from public funds to the tune of about $86 million. Kind of kills that idea that it doesn’t take a village, right? The arena’s recent $40 million renovation, though, was privately funded. There’s also the $20 million that the RNC is spending on renovating, which includes a $2.5 million stage for Mitt Romney. That’s something they can proudly say they built.
They still don’t get it. The government can build 10 arenas, educate (poorly) a million kids, build roads from here to Timbuktu and all of that doesn’t mean jack when you compare it to the effort by Sher Valenzeula and her husband to build their upholstery business. Government didn’t stay up late at night planning, worrying, praying that they can meet payroll, or pay the bills. Government didn’t spark the idea to fill a niche in the market that made the business a going concern. Government performs those services reserved for it not to do anyone any favors but because it’s their function in our society.
Com Ed built thousands of miles of electrical lines but they don’t take any credit for the success of the businesses they supply with power. Why should goverment claim partial credit for doing what’s expected of them?
I gave up trying to explain this to liberals who view business in a decidedly utilitarian manner. Perhaps the American people can expalin it better on election day.