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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?”
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?
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