One must wonder if Republicans actually pay any attention to the mendacious crap that stutters out of Mitt Romney’s mouth, or if they’re simply so motivated by blind, pig ignorant, racist hatred of the president that it just doesn’t matter what the creepiest candidate since Nixon says.
In one breath, the Romney campaign accuses of the Democrats of digging for things about which they would lie and distort the truth. This is Mitt’s rationale for refusing to release his tax returns, despite the president having released 12 years of returns, just as Mitt’s father did when he sought office.
In the very next breath, Mitt takes a SINGLE SENTENCE spoken by President Obama entirely out of context and completely distorts its meaning, then goes on to make precisely the point the president was making when he spoke the words.
Here’s what President Obama said:
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.
The point, quite obviously, is that no factory, no business, no entrepreneur would be able to create or run a successful business without the infrastructure we constructed with tax dollars: roads, bridges, ports, power grids, water and sewer systems. And, as I’ve been arguing til I’m blue in the face and ready to fucking stab someone, the idea that this necessary infrastructure can be maintained (much less upgraded) by slashing taxes and gutting government spending is not only backwards but brainless.
Here’s what Mitt Romney claimed the president said:
“I just want to say it exactly as he said it,” Romney said. “Speaking about small business and businesses of all kind, he said this: ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’”
Romney then went on to add:
“I know that you recognize a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the banks, the investors. There’s no question your mom and dad, your school teachers, the people that provide roads, the fire, the police. A lot of people help. But let me ask you this, did you build your business? If you did, raise your hand. Take that, Mr. President.”
Note that Romney conveniently includes his buddies and himself in the class of folks who HELP business. Ask any business owner how helpful they find the banks. Ask any company that suffered Bain Capital’s management expertise how helpful that was.
I’ve said before that Mitt Romney has no core values, no character, and is moved by nothing so much as his sense of entitlement, hunger for power, and pure, unadulterated greed. But the hypocrisy required to accuse the president and his party of being dishonest while parking vast sums of money in offshore tax havens, refusing to release his tax returns, possibly committing perjury in SEC filings, and then taking the president’s words completely out of context and twisting them 180 degrees immediately before trying to pawn off Obama’s point as his very own? That requires a particular sort of amoral douchieness that one doesn’t see every day. Well, unless one is watching the Republican primaries.