You didn't build that.

Success in America

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. -BO

The California university system advised faculty not to call America "the land of opportunity," saying it could be an example of microaggression... The "land of opportunity" phrase is listed as being a part of the "myth of meritocracy" in the handout to faculty members. Those are described as “statements which assert that race or gender does not play a role in life successes.” Go To Site

"That's a pet peeve of mine: People who have been successful and don’t realize they've been lucky.” -Barack Obama Go To Site

“You can't build your own metro system. You can't build your own highway. You can't build your own airport. And so we have a specific problem with under-investing in infrastructure.” -Barack Obama Go To Site

Hate, Character, Degeneracy, Racism, Smears, Academia, Tolerance

“The former governor’s statement entirely disregards the unearned privileges of his upbringing and race,” wrote Li in the story published by the left-leaning news site The Huffington Post... Li went on to sharply criticize Mitt and Ann Romney’s refusal to link their success to their white skin color. “The Romneys’ shortsightedness on this issue demonstrates their ignorance of one of the central ideas in the field of critical race studies, the unearned privileges accorded to whiteness,” she wrote. “Romney truly is the whitest man to run for president because he doesn’t realize how his whiteness has influenced his life,” she continued. [H]e is “naïve at best.” -Professor Stephanie Li of the University of Rochester

Liberal, Narrative

In a campaign speech on Thursday in Fredricksburg, Va., first lady Michelle Obama said that “no one gets where they are on their own” because there is a village of people “lifting us up,” including teachers and janitors.

Editorial, Liberal, Fascism, AntiAmerican, Academia

Nationalization isn’t as difficult as it sounds. We tend to forget that we did, in fact, nationalize General Motors in 2009; the government still owns a controlling share of its stock. We also essentially nationalized the American International Group, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, and the government still owns roughly 60 percent of its stock. Of course, it would probably take another financial meltdown to make banking nationalization politically tenable. But given how the sector has behaved since the last crisis, a repetition seems inevitable, and sooner rather than later. -Gar Alperovitz, New York Times Editorial July 22, 2012

Liberal, Government, Narrative, Economy

Elijah Miles, who moved to the Sangamon River country in 1823, left a record of how he founded Springfield. It was then only a stake in the ground. He marked out an 18-foot-square site for a store, went to St. Louis to buy a 25-ton stock of goods, chartered a boat, shipped his stock to the mouth of the Sangamon, and then had his boat and goods towed upriver by five men with a 300 foot tow-rope. Leaving his goods on the riverside — “As no one lived near, I had no fear of thieves” — he walked 50 miles to Springfield, hired waggons and teams, and so got his stuff to the new “town,”where his store was the first to open. It was the only one in a district later divided into fourteen counties, so “many had to come more than 80 miles to trade. Springfield grew up around him.

Lincoln upheld the principle that “each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor.” In more informal terms, “I always thought that the man who made the corn should eat the corn.” -Rich Lowry Go To Site

Editorial, Liberal, Narrative

Just two immigrant brothers and their families risking everything, balancing on the economic high wire, building a business in America. They sacrificed, paid their bills, counted pennies to pay rent and purchase health care and food and not much else. And for their troubles they were muscled by the politicos, by the city inspectors and the chiselers and the weasels, all those smiling extortionists who held the government hammer over all of our heads.

People are more productive if they feel positive, if they feel loved and appreciated. Over the past eight years, Obama has made business owners feel lousy, miserable, intimidated, targeted, persecuted, greedy. He made us feel like “Public Enemy No. 1.”

Democrat, Editorial, Liberal, Obama, Narrative, AntiAmerican, Economy

High earners don't deserve the money they make, Obama apparently thinks. It's the gift of government, and they shouldn't begrudge handing more of it back to government. And that's true, as he told Charlie Gibson of ABC News in 2008, even if those higher tax rates produce less revenue for the government, as has been the case with rate increases on capital gains. The government should take away the money as a matter of "fairness."

Liberal, Financial, Narrative, Education, Economy, Jobs

"Ron Haskins, co-author of the Brookings study, which looked at Census Bureau data on a sample of Americans, wrote that the analysis found that young adults who finished high school, worked full time and got married after age 21 and before having kids "had a 2 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 74 percent chance of winding up in the middle class (defined as earning roughly $50,000 or more). By contrast, young adults who violated all three norms had a 76 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 7 percent chance of winding up in the middle class."

Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops

"You built a factory out there? Good for you," she says. "But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did." -Elizabeth Warren

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. -Honore de Balzac Go To Site

Liberal, Narrative, Oops

An overwhelming majority of Americans still believe that individuals are responsible for their own success, according to a new national Rasmussen survey. The poll found that 86% of Americans believed success in life was determined primarily by the "choices and decisions" individuals made. In addition, the same poll found that 88% of Americans believe that someone who makes good decisions will "enjoy a middle-class lifestyle" while only 10% believe that such a lifestyle was "not very or not at all likely" for those who worked hard and made good decisions.

Liberal, Narrative, Oops

Joey Rossa’s landscaping business is gearing up for the spring season — and for the first time he is finally able to drive the company truck. That’s because the Libertyville High School sophomore just turned 16 May 2. And yet he’s managed to turn a fledgling neighborhood service — mowing yards for about $20 a week — into a $60,000-per-year business with a staff, equipment and praise from the mayor for beautifying an area of Libertyville.

"Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?"

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare, Law, Regulation

An Iowa City man may have the distinction as the Hawkeye State’s first Obamacare enrollee, but it didn’t come easy. Edward Voss, a computer programmer, told the Des Moines Register he had to try more than 100 times before he was ultimately able to sign into HealthCare.gov.