You Didn’t Make It On Your Own
“Now, I want to be very clear here. Nobody wants to punish success in America. The Republicans talk about class warfare. That’s — our goal is to make success available for everybody. What’s great about this country is you’ve got a good idea, you’ve got a service that nobody else has thought of, you know what, go out there, start a business. Make money. I want everybody out there to be rich. That’s great. Anybody in America should be able to make it if they try.”
“But none of us make it on our own. Somebody — an outstanding entrepreneur like a Steve Jobs — somewhere along the line he had a teacher who helped inspire him. All those great Internet businesses wouldn’t have succeeded unless somebody had invested in the government research that helped to create the Internet. We don’t succeed on our own. We succeed because this country has, in previous generations, made investments that allow all of us to succeed.”
Obama certainly didn’t succeed on his own, and had – actually – a remarkably easy path to the White House. So, it’s understandable that he completely misunderstands how difficult is is for people to succeed.
It wasn’t just the “inspiration” of a teacher. It almost ALWAYS isn’t government investment.
Many do succeed on their own. They work 80+ hour weeks. They invest every penny they have. They go without paychecks, in order to pay their employees and/or purchase equipment. It can take years, if success ever comes. All the while, they have employed folks, bought stuff from other folks, risking their own financial security. They may lose their HOME reaching for that dream, but they do it, and it is THAT which makes our country great. People risking everything for a dream. Creating jobs and innovation on the way.
Teachers don’t risk their homes teaching their students. They don’t mortgage their house, or take their life savings to bet on the success of their students. THAT is what the successful often do. They take RISK.
But this sort of stuff is foreign to lifetime politicians.