“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,” he said. “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.”
Yes, my mom Naomi taught me to read at age three. Yes, two of my high school English teachers, one of which is Mrs. B, had enough faith in me to help me overcome the bullshit peer pressure I endured. Yes, Phyllis gave me my FIRST civilian job when I got out of the military (I love you Phyl!), Yes, one of my college professors, Diana, who is also a mentor for the past fifteen years has encouraged me to keep going in school even when I was overwhelmed with life. Yes, my pals Jenn and Deb have been there to support me with advice and encouragement when I needed a lift. A whole lot of people have been instrumental in helping me get to where I am.
How in hell does this translate into me paying higher taxes?
Where I am, I am because of the decisions I made, be they good or bad, where I am is NOT because of anyone else, just ME. That's not being selfish, that's taking responsibility for where I am at this time of my life. If I have to take responsibility for the bad, I damn sure am going to take responsibility for the good.
Obama's statement implies that every single f'in person who is successful in regards to WEALTH owes the world something. Seriously? Hate to break it to you but WEALTH doesn't define success, not by a long shot. And just because a person earns a lot of money doesn't mean they did it on the backs of other people, chained together with a whip to encourage them.
And BTW, the President is wrong, the Government did NOT create the internet so that companies could make money off it.
Don't believe the hype, people who earn more than $250,000 per year are NOT THE BAD GUYS here. Not at all.