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Obama: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that"

Obama: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that"

(0:53) President Obama's message on why taxes are necessary. Next video, Kevin McDonald strongly disagrees.

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Guest: (2944 days ago)
Obama is right, no business operates or develops in isolation but the "comedian" hasn't understood him correctly and is ranting in reaction to things Obama didn't say or imply.
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Obama is right, no business operates or develops in isolation but the "comedian" hasn't understood him correctly and is ranting in reaction to things Obama didn't say or imply.
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Guest: The Maldonian (2944 days ago)
Here's another thing that's different about comic Kevin McDonald. They're funny.
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Here's another thing that's different about comic Kevin McDonald. They're funny.
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Guest: (2941 days ago)
Latest comment: Seriously! is that guy a comedian? so bitter and full with his own frustrations. It never stops to amaze me how people like to quote WWII on the basis of filtered propaganda that they once listened to or read. Ultimately, the debate on this blog goes beyond the arguments of economics and it rather turns around individualism (like the so called American "dream") versus a more balance society where the well being of the majority benefits the indiviudal by default. What kind of structure is more suitable for human beings?
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Latest comment: Seriously! is that guy a comedian? so bitter and full with his own frustrations. It never stops to amaze me how people like to quote WWII on the basis of filtered propaganda that they once listened to or read. Ultimately, the debate on this blog goes beyond the arguments of economics and it rather turns around individualism (like the so called American "dream") versus a more balance society where the well being of the majority benefits the indiviudal by default. What kind of structure is more suitable for human beings?
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Guest: stupid american (2942 days ago)
turned off at 4:00 on the dot. "Once you compare things to the Nazis you've lost the argument." - Godwin's law 1990 Saw it coming when the red neck hillbilly started spewing Darth Vadar Borg bollocks.
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turned off at 4:00 on the dot. "Once you compare things to the Nazis you've lost the argument." - Godwin's law 1990 Saw it coming when the red neck hillbilly started spewing Darth Vadar Borg bollocks.
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Guest: Bollo (2944 days ago)
When he says "If you've got a business, you didn't build that", I think he's talking the American system you are working within that allowed you to achieve your success, which he mentions just before that. Yes the wording isn't great and opens him up to be jumped on by the right wingers, but his point is absolutely true.
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When he says "If you've got a business, you didn't build that", I think he's talking the American system you are working within that allowed you to achieve your success, which he mentions just before that. Yes the wording isn't great and opens him up to be jumped on by the right wingers, but his point is absolutely true.
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Guest: Chris Brisbane (2943 days ago)
I started my own buisness. Yes, there are roads and the internet because that is the world i live in. I pay taxes to help pay for all those things. I took massive risks and worked my a*s off to get to where i am. I still work my as* off to keep the buisness alive. I still risk everything and the reward i get is equal to work i have put in. The government gave me little if any help except all the massive taxes that they have taken from me. The risk and work is mine the taxing and zero risk is theirs. I really like Obama but i think he is being a complete retard here.
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I started my own buisness. Yes, there are roads and the internet because that is the world i live in. I pay taxes to help pay for all those things. I took massive risks and worked my a*s off to get to where i am. I still work my as* off to keep the buisness alive. I still risk everything and the reward i get is equal to work i have put in. The government gave me little if any help except all the massive taxes that they have taken from me. The risk and work is mine the taxing and zero risk is theirs. I really like Obama but i think he is being a complete retard here.
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Guest: (2943 days ago)
Too bad you couldnt have the advantage of an education, or roads or police or fire services. Shame that there is no patent office to aid the the protection of your intellectual property. How you must suffer without a strong military to protect you and your hometown. I guess you have never found benefit from research in business conducted by universities nor used any trains, ports or airports in the delivery of your goods. Ah...how lucky to be free off all that stuff!
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Too bad you couldnt have the advantage of an education, or roads or police or fire services. Shame that there is no patent office to aid the the protection of your intellectual property. How you must suffer without a strong military to protect you and your hometown. I guess you have never found benefit from research in business conducted by universities nor used any trains, ports or airports in the delivery of your goods. Ah...how lucky to be free off all that stuff!
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Guest: Argle (2943 days ago)
Wow, you listened to the reply with fingers in your ears and read Chris's comments with whiteout on your monitor. The issue isn't that there's an infrastructure (from education to roads) that people benefit from... but you forget that huge amounts of such infrastructure is provided privately. No, the thing is people individually make something of themselves. Sure, the government created the early standards that became the internet. But since then private industry became the giants on whose shoulders we stand. And face it: everyone and his brother has internet access, but only a fraction of a percent of the public put in the time, effort and a direction into making a viable net business. Obama is trying to credit government with the success of people who have been, by and large, successful DESPITE government. Obama could just as easily have said "we all have diseases, but those of you who lived healthy lives to 100 should THANK those diseases we all have... you didn't do it on your own." -- Obamacoli.
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Wow, you listened to the reply with fingers in your ears and read Chris's comments with whiteout on your monitor. The issue isn't that there's an infrastructure (from education to roads) that people benefit from... but you forget that huge amounts of such infrastructure is provided privately. No, the thing is people individually make something of themselves. Sure, the government created the early standards that became the internet. But since then private industry became the giants on whose shoulders we stand. And face it: everyone and his brother has internet access, but only a fraction of a percent of the public put in the time, effort and a direction into making a viable net business. Obama is trying to credit government with the success of people who have been, by and large, successful DESPITE government. Obama could just as easily have said "we all have diseases, but those of you who lived healthy lives to 100 should THANK those diseases we all have... you didn't do it on your own." -- Obamacoli.
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Guest: Disenchanted (2944 days ago)
I notice this guy who thinks he is so important; is killing a few more brain cells with Alcohol before he starts his rant about something he barely understands. He probably owns guns and thinks killing is a way of life too.
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I notice this guy who thinks he is so important; is killing a few more brain cells with Alcohol before he starts his rant about something he barely understands. He probably owns guns and thinks killing is a way of life too.
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Guest: Kerry (2944 days ago)
But you didn't refute his argument...that tells us a lot about you..
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But you didn't refute his argument...that tells us a lot about you..
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Guest: urahomo (2944 days ago)
What an embarrassment. Clearly this person has no concept of working hard or building success on his own efforts. It's a classic case of lazy majority whipping themselves into a frenzy for a cause (his). Might I remind Mr. Obama that he has neither built a business nor worked hard solely for the benefit and prosperity of that business. It's very easy to stand on the podium and rant but that still doesn't put people to work. The Irony: Eventually, a BUSINESS will have to pay taxes to afford all the handouts this audience is clamoring for. This type of mentality is derived from the "have-nots" and precisely what put him into power.
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What an embarrassment. Clearly this person has no concept of working hard or building success on his own efforts. It's a classic case of lazy majority whipping themselves into a frenzy for a cause (his). Might I remind Mr. Obama that he has neither built a business nor worked hard solely for the benefit and prosperity of that business. It's very easy to stand on the podium and rant but that still doesn't put people to work. The Irony: Eventually, a BUSINESS will have to pay taxes to afford all the handouts this audience is clamoring for. This type of mentality is derived from the "have-nots" and precisely what put him into power.
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Guest: (2944 days ago)
Did you go to school? I hope so. If so, you had help along the way. This is what Obama is saying. Listen before you write.
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Did you go to school? I hope so. If so, you had help along the way. This is what Obama is saying. Listen before you write.
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Guest: (2941 days ago)
Without roads there would be little freight and business, without police a business might be robbed, without a teacher few people would get to make a business and so on and so on
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Without roads there would be little freight and business, without police a business might be robbed, without a teacher few people would get to make a business and so on and so on
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Guest: (2942 days ago)
If any of the wannabe "self-made businessmen" writing on here about how Obama has no idea about commitment and hard work would like to try running to become president of the USA before they passed such absurd comments that would be most welcome.
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If any of the wannabe "self-made businessmen" writing on here about how Obama has no idea about commitment and hard work would like to try running to become president of the USA before they passed such absurd comments that would be most welcome.
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Guest: (2944 days ago)
The ignorance is strong with this one. Why do people that don't listen (or think) insist on speaking out? And yes, for a comedian...he leaves the funny behind. Also, why is that idiots like this insist on using words like "socialism" "fascism" and "communism" with obviously no idea of what the words mean?
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The ignorance is strong with this one. Why do people that don't listen (or think) insist on speaking out? And yes, for a comedian...he leaves the funny behind. Also, why is that idiots like this insist on using words like "socialism" "fascism" and "communism" with obviously no idea of what the words mean?
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