Supporters of Gov. Mitt Romney, presumptive GOP nominee for the race for president, appear to be enthusiastic about the “We Did Build That” tour. Democrats have failed to stem fallout from a mid-July speech.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) is traveling his home state to carry a message for small business owners stung by President Barack Obama’s statements implying that building a successful business requires help from the government.
Obama, a Democrat, has attempted to distance himself from his words, but it’s impossible to walk back because of his passion as he spoke the words, ‘You didn’t build that—somebody else made that happen.”
Obama had used examples of roads businesses need, forgetting that small business owners and individuals pay for those roads used by those who pay taxes and those who pay none.
At the headquarters of ASGCO Manufacturing in Allentown, Toomey said:
To have a president come along and insult the integrity of the American entrepreneur is unprecedented in the history of this country.
The Romney campaign came up with an ad featuring small business owners.
American Crossroads, a conservative PAC, also came up with an ad featuring none other than Obama speaking his controversial words.
I’ve watched many businesses start up, and it’s been an honor to work with various businesses during my freelance career.
I can attest, “Yes, they did build that, Mr. President.” All by themselves—they paid the people who contributed labor or goods and business owners paid taxes to the government as well as gasoline and other taxes that build roads.
Obama’s career has been based on government work, the legal field and community organizing. It’s understandable that he cannot comprehend the level of labor, commitment and sacrifice business founders and their families make.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 27, 2012)