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"You didn't build that" hangs over Democrats

President Obama's "you didn't build that" shot at business builders and entrepreneurs continues to resonate around the country. Local news outlets retell the story and give it a local context when the president travels, such as in this CBS piece from Colorado.


Ground zero of this disaster is the Massachusetts Senate campaign, where it is the focal point in showcasing the differences between the incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic opponent, professor Elizabeth Warren. Brown's leftist opponent is Obama's intellectual mentor on the disparagement of private business. Brown wrote a thoughtful piece about the subject in today's Politico.

His piece touches on one aspect of the story that has been underreported. And that is, if the president and his ally Warren don't think business builders deserve credit for their accomplishments, are they giving an inadvertent tribute to the 1 percent of taxpayers who pay for 37 percent of the government they credit for the entrepreneurs’ success? Or to the 5 percent, who paid for more than half of the government that they want to grow? When Warren suggested the government "the rest of us paid for"was responsible for private-business success, was she saying thanks to the 5 percenters? Obviously no such thanks was intended by Warren or Obama.   

Both the Obama and Warren campaigns are anchored by the belief in offering punitive tax hikes, diminishing the role of the private sector and building government dependency in America. Please show me otherwise if I am wrong.

There is much more coming about this comment and its wider meaning via paid media, news coverage and commentary in campaign 2012. It cuts Obama and the Democrats because it reveals and explains so much about their governing point of view, which they have tried to hide.

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.


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