Iowa deli co-owner caters for Obama visit, but his T-shirt tells another story

I found this on Fr. Z’s blog.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Ross Murty likes business, but he doesn’t like President Obama.

And so the co-owner of the Village Corner Deli here agreed to cater Obama’s visit Wednesday — but not before donning a T-shirt blaring the message: “Government didn’t build my business. I did.”

Obama should speak with out a teleprompter more often

I remember an older relative and former union worker who got hurt, lost his union card when he fell behind in his dues, and had to start a carpet cleaning business with his sons.

Business was great! Until the tax bill came. Profits that would have sustained them were chopped down to almost poverty level earnings once split. The advertising and cost of doing business bills had to be paid before groceries could be gotten!

When a government loan was refused them - our good union man cried out …

“They’re in for 35% of the profits and NONE of the bills or setbacks!” (The Government).

And his years of union dues, supporting the party that MOST supports that kind of BIG government - had made that day of epiphany possible.


I’m surprised they allowed him to wear it.

Ironically, the t-shirt was made in Myanmar.

And the full quote is…

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

“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 point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

I’m not stumping for Obama here; I’ve got my concerns with him. But, he’s saying your business didn’t build roads and bridges. I think his point is clearest in that summarizing sentence.

Unfortunately whole quote is a whole less sound bite worthy. I just hope people vote based on the whole message from both candidates, not the sound bites.

  1. Why did he single out small businesses?

  2. We paid for the roads. The government didn;t do us any favors, the fulfilled the taxation contract.

  3. His whole message stinks, so listening isn’t going to help him.

Look I’m not here to support Obama, I just tire of sound bite politics. I thought Mit Romney’s "Corporations are people too’ sound bite was just as useless too.

Yes our taxes paid for the roads. I have yet to find a mode of transportation that has not relied on government help to develop and maintain. Government is not good for everything, but this might be one place it has been.

Ask the citizens who live in Democrat-controlled cities how good their infrastructure is…The taxes go to other projects and the roads fall apart…Potholes EVERYWHERE, no money to re-pave streets.

Government can do NOTHING well!


Oh pleeeeeeeease!!! Obama is pathetic.

Where can I get one of those shirts?! :thumbsup:

Depends on the city, I’d think. :shrug:

Government can do NOTHING well!

Would you suggest that we go to privately owned armies to replace the worthless government armies? :hmmm:

He actually never did single out “small businesses”. He did mention business, as well as the internet, of examples of successful ventures that were never merely an individual initiative. Please read again for clarity. I’m sure somewhere there was a “great teacher in your life” who helped you to read.

Yep. There are many who would love to shirk their taxation contract by passing their portion of the duty on the backs of those who can least afford it and who do not make profit from it at all. Obviously, President Obama’s policy opposes such efforts.

Hey, sometimes the truth stinks. The romantic notion of pulling oneself up to success by one’s own bootstraps has been a lie for quite some time now. Real personal responsibility is about contributing together in everyone’s best interest.

Actually the full quote makes Obama sound like a communist while the sound bite makes him sound like a socialist.

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