Eddie Vetter

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“So that”

In Gaffes, Presidential smarts, You didn't build that on August 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

Here’s a brief opening salvo for this blog. In his infamous “You didn’t build that” speech, among his many claims I’ll subject to future analysis and critique, Obama said: “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” (emphasis added, 32:35). Here’s a simple question: Does Obama know what “so that” means? Is he seriously suggesting that government research invented the internet so that all companies could make money off it? That suggests intent and purpose, aim and goal. If I do X so that Y can happen, I intentionally have in mind Y as my end or goal (like running so that I will maintain good cardiovascular health, it’s an end or goal in sight). But surely, even granting what Obama says about the government research inventing the internet, the government didn’t “invent” the internet so that (all the) companies could make money off it. And this is especially so since according to liberal talking points, some companies only “make money” by exploiting others, or by engaging in shady business practices. Did government invent the Internet so that these companies could make money? Did they intended companies like Bain Capital to “make money?” But if we pressed further, given that government invented the Internet so that all the companies could “make money,” this could implicate them in the hostilities this administration is directing toward “the rich” and “evil” corporations, but I digress. Nevertheless, we’re reminded of this man’s intelligence, and yet he doesn’t seem to know what “so that” means. He’s using it out-of-place, similar to how Miss Teen South Carolina said, “Such as the Iraq.”

I’ll get serious and down to business later.