POLITICO says, Obama has no patience for ‘you didn’t build that’ attacks

July 25th, 2012

In response to the criticism he’s been getting for saying “you didn’t build that,” President Obama said:

“And if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,”

But considering he keeps advocating higher taxes on the successful, I think he probably should have said:

“And if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to penalize success,”

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  • 1. Debunked  |  July 25th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Clever.

    When did aying ones’ taxes shift from supporting one’s country and being patriotic to being a penalty? Oh, right, neo-con propaganda.

    The largest triumph of neoconservative policies over the past 30+ years has been in successfully brainwashing people into thinking taxes are a penalty.

  • 2. Elliot  |  July 25th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Hmmm. Would you have been happier if I had used “exploit” instead of “penalize?”

    And, I’ve heard the “paying taxes is patriotic” thing before, and in all honesty, that’s a really tough meme to sell in a country that began with a revolt against paying taxes.

  • 3. Debunked  |  July 25th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Exploit, penality, same difference. It’s all a changed mindset.

    And you need to re-study your history.

    The cry was actually “no taxation without representation.” We have a vote now, though I wouldn’t exactly agree with the sentiment that politicians represent the middle class. But then, the revolution wasn’t started by the middle class either — so that’s a wash.

    But if you actually delve into the real causes of the American Revolution, it was largely because of a monopoly by a corporate entity — ever heard of the East India Company? Ever read about their relationship with the tea monopoly and using their influence (and wealth) to get the the British government to give them unlimited rights to sell tea in the colonies over the dutch smugglers? Ever read about the tax that was then levied to pay back that company for the tea party?

    Read beyond the 3rd grade history that we were all taught that “taxes were the cause.” Because you’ll find it was far less black and white.

    Point is, claiming it was because of taxes is a simplistic, naive, and largely incorrect view. It was a large trail of events that led to the revolution. Taxes were but a small and final part. It all began with a powerful corporate entity.

  • 4. Elliot  |  July 25th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Wait a second, let me mail my liberal arts degree back to Purdue. I’ll let them know you found me insufficiently educated.

    Of course, the American Revolution was more complicated than “we don’t want to pay any taxes.” Just like the Civil War was more complicated than “slavery is bad.”

    But that doesn’t mean you can disentangle a distaste for taxes from the Revolutionary War or the evil of slavery from the Civil War.

  • 5. Debunked  |  July 25th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Fair enough. But just because taxes and slavery were an aspect of the causes for their respective wars doesn’t mean you can attribute an entire war to a single issue.

    e.g. “that began with a revolt against paying taxes.”

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