By Grant Bosse | New Hampshire Watchdog
CONCORD — President Barack Obama is taking a pounding for claiming that business owners are less responsible for building their businesses than everyone they’ve relied on along the way.
Here’s what he said July 13 at a rally in Roanoke, Va.:
“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 president’s defenders quibbled over pronoun antecedents. They argued that what he really meant by “that” was the roads and bridges businesses rely on, and not the businesses themselves.
That’s not what he said. It may have been what he meant. And it’s still wrong on several levels.