Eddie Vetter

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Obama and the Left’s Inconsistent Asymmetry of Praise and Blame

In Fairness, Inconsistency, You didn't build that on August 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Here’s a point not being raised: Let’s bypass the debate about taking President Obama’s “You didn’t build that [business], someone else made that happen” comment in context and grant the Left’s ostensible meaning in context. Basically, it’s this: No single person deserves all the glory, laud, honor . . .  and/or, money for their hard work in starting a business. No one is solely responsible for starting their business. If they think they started it with their smarts, well, they needed to be educated by teachers in the first place. If they think they are extraordinarily creative at marketing, thereby bringing customers to their locale rather than another, well, those customers could only get there on public roads that we all pay for. Or, if the business does not need roads but earns money online, a la Amazon, well, the proprietor “didn’t invent the internet, government research did so that all the companies could make money off the internet.” Thus, since the creation of the citizen’s business was a joint societal endeavor, requiring all of our help in some way or another, this means, per Obama and the left, that the business owner doesn’t deserve all the credit. We share the credit. We share the praise. It isn’t laid all at the feet of the business owner. We share the profit, which is done, in part, on the business owner’s end, by his paying higher taxes. You know, giving back.

So construed, Obama and the left cannot take issue with the above presentation of his comments. In fact, the above reading is supported by Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor who will be introducing President Clinton at this year’s Democratic National Convention. Here’s what Warren said: Read the rest of this entry »

“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.