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He didn’t build that either

August 15, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:To recap the manufactured "you didn't build that" controversy: President Obama stated "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."

He then went on to cite the funding of the G.I. Bill, the creation of the middle class, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam, and landing on the moon as examples of what he was talking about. He referred to things that help businesses flourish though community and government assistance, not the businesses themselves.

Maybe due to a 20-second attention span of Romney and his campaign staff, they chose to ignored the context of the two sentences within the surrounding paragraphs and accuse Obama of not giving businesses credit for their own success. Romney and his staff have now made this spurious representation the centerpiece of his campaign.

I am sure there are those out there that think that President Obama would even have the audacity to tell the Olympic athletes that they "did not get there on their own" when they compete and win medals. Well, if he did, he would already have had that speech written for him by Mitt Romney himself.

In 2002, when was speaking to the Olympic athletes Romney said, "You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of who lifted them."

I guess Romney and Obama have more in common than just Obamney-care.

But the hypocrisy goes even deeper than that.

While his campaign touts Romney as an "Olympics Savior" and the Pro-Romney super PAC "Restore Our Future" spent $7.2 million on an ad centered on his Olympic success story by featuring gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and praising Romney for affording her "a sense of hope," there was no mention in the ad of how that "hope" was restored.

That came from taxpayer dollars to the tune of $342 million in direct federal funding and an additional $1.1 billion in indirect financing from Washington which G.W. Bush specifically included in budget items he submitted to and were pass by a GOP controlled House and Senate.

What the ad also didn't show is Mitt Romney thanking both President Clinton and Bush for being involved with his committee's planning efforts "every step of the way."

I quote from Romney, "When I came to the games two years ago, following the revelations of bid impropriety, there was nothing which caused greater anxiety than whether or not we could count on this critical federal support."

This story doesn't just contradict Romney's current position regarding the role of federal spending, it also underscores the "he didn't build that either" truth to Romney's part in orchestrating the 2002 Olympics.

Maybe we should have let those Olympics Games fail the same way as Romney wanted the auto industry to go. Fifty flip-flops and counting.

David Ryan

Dallas, Texas

Former, future

Kingsford resident



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