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Opening Arguments

A take ain't a give-back

President Obama speaking in Roanoke:

And what this reminded me of was that, at the heart of this country, its central idea is the idea that in this country, if you’re willing to work hard, if you’re willing to take responsibility, you can make it if you try.  (Applause.)  That you can find a job that supports a family and find a home you can make your own; that you won’t go bankrupt when you get sick.  That maybe you can take a little vacation with your family once in a while -- nothing fancy, but just time to spend with those you love.  Maybe see the country a little bit, maybe come down to Roanoke.  (Applause.)  That your kids can get a great education, and if they’re willing to work hard, then they can achieve things that you wouldn’t have even imagined achieving.  And then you can maybe retire with some dignity and some respect, and be part of a community and give something back.  (Applause.)

[. . .]

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t -- look, 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.  (Applause.)

     If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. 

That's the preogressive mindset for you. Up to a certain point, if you work hard, you'll be rewarded, and that's beautiful -- the American dream. But after that point, give it up, you selfish bastard. The rest of us helped you along, and it's payback time. You think you deserve to have so much more than everybody else, huh?

If I had any real money, I'd park it offshore, too, to keep it out the grubby hands of the statist thieves.


tim zank
Mon, 07/16/2012 - 10:06pm

If anybody had any doubt about his real goals, this should certainly help clear it up....