I don't understand that mindset of the rich and it's the direction Romney is taking and Republicans are purposefully quoting Obama out of context over and that's this idea that if you persevere and work hard you can make a stable income or even become rich like them and they can do it by their own merits. Basically what PP was just saying. Yet, they seem completely obvlious to the fact a person doesn't get their on their own. To ignore this idea, conveniently they quote Obama out of context here, "you did not build that", in the context, you didn't build your business, this is good ammunition to turn business owners (like Mr Douchebag in the article) against Obama, but the actual case is that Obama has this "we're all in it together" attitude, which I suppose ironically is the attitude our conservatives here in the UK claim to be having. A business is not *just* built by their own hard work, but on the backs of many individuals. It's not taking away their achievements, it's just suggesting that a society is made strong by working together and supporting each other, because that's what their success is built on.
I like to think of creating a business to being like creating a computer program. I am geek who programs as a hobby, my hard work in making a program? I technically coded the program, but I couldn't have gotten there on my own. The program I am using to code in is a high level programming language, which means it's build ontop multiple layers of computer code. It's inefficient to code in machine code, so from their it goes up and up in levels to develop a language that's easier for a human to work with. Hence, people tend to write in things like C++ (or something higher like C# or Visual Basic) and not binary. Who built that? Not me. I've not developed binary, hex-code, assembly, C, C++ or C#. Then in C# I am using a library to aid my development, which I myself didn't build, somebody else did. This is just the infrastructure before I even touch the computer. This is ignoring the invention of the computer and of course the work that went into it, like the invention of the Turing machine and the cracking of the enigma code. So before I get to double click on Visual C# 2010, there's a shit tonne of work done prior to get me there and it's not work I've done myself. But before I can write a lick of code, I've got to know how to use it. That's right! I need an edumacation! For me, that's viewing free tutorials on the internet and experimentation. Big props to the website 3DBuzz there.
Then don't get me started on the other tools I use.
It starts to make me look very small, but any work I do to develop my program is my work and I can take credit it for that, but to get there it is not my work alone, regardless of whether or not I have to credit them for it.
When listening to the misquoted Obama speech that's what I was thinking. This is the mindset I think businessmen need to consider and the idiot in the article needn't feel threatened by Obama's policies, if anything it should be encouraging and if he were to take that philosophy to heart, it should improve his relationship with his employees.