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July 24, 2012

Updated: Romney’s Rant Wrong - Case Closed

by at 7:12 am.

The conservative folks in America have been making quite a bit of hay with this quote by President Obama:

If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

In an effort to distract from the refusal of Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, the GOP noise machine has focused on the quote above, flogging it like the proverbial dead horse.

So convinced in the focus group tested power of this meme, the Romney campaign crafted this TV ad:


“My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company? … President Obama, you’re killing us out here. Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it?”

The problem is ….

Yesterday John DiStaso reported — and Jack Gilchrist confirmed — that Gilchrist Metal Fabricating had a little help from the government after all.

- In the late 1980s, Gilchrist Metal received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan totaling nearly $500,000.

- Gilchrist Metal received matching funds from the federally-funded New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC).

- In 1999, Gilchrist Metal received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority.

- Ten percent of his company’s contracts are defense-related including two U.S. Navy sub-contracts last year and a 2008 Coast Guard contract.
(h/t to William Tucker of Blue Hampshire)

Romney talking point … FAIL … How about those tax returns, Mitt?

UPDATE: The Scott Brown campaign doubles down on this meme, even to the degree of parroting the word “demonizing,” as used in the Romney campaign ad above. “Demonizing?” A product of a Frank Luntz focus group?

10 Responses to “Updated: Romney’s Rant Wrong - Case Closed”

  1. joe from Lowell Says:

    How exactly is noting that a business-owner is part of society, and benefits from being in a modern society with schools, roads, and bridges, “demonizing” him, anyway?

  2. Mr. Lynne Says:

    This also points out the hypocrisy of a couple of other GOP memes as well.

    Defense industry-backed Republicans are so desperate to stave off the automatic military spending cuts that they’re trying to scare Americans about job losses and an ensuing nose-diving economy should the military spending cuts hold.
    Except there’s one problem. Republicans aren’t supposed to believe that government spending creates jobs. But in this last act of desperation, however, it seems that Republicans pushing to preserve America’s bloated military budget have come to a pretty significant epiphany.

  3. Mill Girl Says:

    A bit depressing to hear that my tax dollars are going to someone who forgot he received them. Seems a little ungrateful, no?

  4. Jack Says:

    Yes, Mill Girl. Often, the “job creators” feign an odd sense of entitlement: ‘We deserve these subsidies MORE than the bon bon queens living in the projects.

    There is only so many tax dollars to go around. They all argue their “deserves.” ‘Cut the budget! Cut the gov’t spending!’, they wail.’Just keep your hands off of my pie!’

    We elect a President to work with Congress to set the priorities. My priority is the middle class. I reject “trickle down economics.” My vote is for Obama, Warren & Tsongas.

  5. -b Says:

    I think my view point differs considerably from those posted thus far. Yes, the government puts an environment in place that allows businesses to grow and succeed, but in large part I believe it’s about individuals taking risks and pouring their heart and souls into their business.

    Despite the underlying facts of the ad above, it’s very effective, and one that many people will relate to. I know a small business owner who found Obama’s message to be offensive.

    I think a question that should be raised out of this debate is what can be done to help businesses succeed more? Bigger government with more services and hand outs, or less government with fewer services and hand outs?

  6. Jack Says:

    This is easy. If we take Mr. Gilchrist (Romney’s campaign prop) and the blurb Mr. Lynne posted above, the answer is - “Bigger government with more services and hand outs..

    I also believe that “it’s about individuals taking risks and pouring their heart and souls into their business.” But let’s not get too carried away with the “Little Engine That Could” mindset.
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    Consider, the tracks going up that hill, were there to begin with.

    It’s unfortunate that some folks swallow the GOP rhetoric. It is a lie.

  7. Tim Little Says:

    Unfortunately it’s not about facts, it’s about the story; people like the “I pulled myself up by moy bootstraps” story better than whatever they’re hearing from the Obama camp. We Democrats just need to do a better job of coming up with and delivering upon a compelling storyline that resonates with the audience (i.e., “swing” voters); we had it in ‘08, we just need to rediscover the magic.

  8. joe from Lowell Says:

    Yes, the government puts an environment in place that allows businesses to grow and succeed, but in large part I believe it’s about individuals taking risks and pouring their heart and souls into their business.

    Actually, -b, this view point doesn’t differ at all from those of us who have posted so far. The observation that energetic risk-taking and hard work are necessary is utterly uncontroversial. I doubt anyone here would dispute that.

    The claim that any of us, or the President, disagree with that observation is the contemporary equivalent of “You support Saddam Hussein.” It’s a lie and a smear pushed by D.C. Republicans who would rather misrepresent an argument than address it.

  9. -b Says:

    Thinking about this a little more… Is there a middle ground? Is their a perfect amount of government and handouts? Is there a point at which both the left and right can live with things?

    My ideal is probably more in line with what the right wants. Or maybe even more in line with what the Tea Party wants, which I believe would be no handouts or minimal handouts, but I’d be happy to find a middle ground.

  10. Mill Girl Says:

    -b I think most Americans would be happy with a middle ground. Unfortunately most politicians these days are not interested in compromise at all. In my opinion we need to start electing more moderates like Gabby Giffords and dare I say Scott Brown, if we want that sort of compromise to happen.

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