(ROXBURY, Mass.) - After two consecutive days of strong attacks on President Obama for his comments touting government's role in fostering new businesses, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's message was decidedly more muddled on Thursday when a local television station here reported that one of the local entrepreneurs selected to illustrate Romney's point got help from local government.
On a campaign stop, Romney sought to rebut Obama by highlighting the success of an auto repair shop started by a local entrepreneur. "This is not the result of government," Romney told reporters, referring to Middlesex Truck & Coach after he toured the shop. "This is the result of people who take risk, who have dreams, who build for themselves and for their families."
Company owner Brian Maloney, 69, agreed with Romney's assessment. "I take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses," Maloney said. "I started out with 500 bucks and worked with my hands to afford grad school at night. My wife supported me. Started a little body shop and was able to bring together people, one at a time."
But in an interview with Boston-based reporter Jon Keller of WBZ-TV, Maloney acknowledged that his business received some government help. "The only way I was able to come here, because I had no money, was with an industrial revenue bond," Maloney said in the interview. Industrial revenue bonds are typically issued by local and state governments to attract new business to an area. They create low-interest loans for new development and startups.
And who makes the oil????
The people who think that roads create businesses are the same ones that think expensive golf clubs make great golfers.
Originally posted by ChicagOpinion
The president was speaking from his heart. He really doesn't give credit to anyone who does anything for themselves in this country. He honestly believes that anyone who accomplishes anything must have done it by luck - like he got where he did - without much effort and with tons of luck! Of course, a lot of ignorant Americans who voted for him too... That's where he lucked out... no intelligent person would ever have thought there'd be enough ignorant people out there to get him elected.
Originally posted by sensibleSenseless
In Canada there are such things as crown corporations which are funded and owned by government where they attempt to make profit - ie a greater amount of income than the expenses they pay. The US government has similar activities - such as weapons sales. On the other hand, there isn't always a shareholder who takes home profits - for example the province of Ontario's lottery system, then uses the profits to fund other government initiatives.
Originally posted by sensibleSenseless
This is not the general rule in all government departments - but it is a part of some government initiatives - one which I didn't cover, so I stand corrected. When for instance, the government takes taxes for a school system, the government is not attempting to profit from it - something I was trying to put emphasis on. (There are probably exceptions to everything I've written all over the place - I have neither the time or resources to devoting to discovering absolutely everything - so your input is quite appreciated.)
Originally posted by Ancient Champion
reply to post by MidnightTide
To say the government built something would imply that the government paid for it which is a false notion being that the government does NOT create wealth, we the people do. We paid for all the roads and bridges that obama speaks of and not the government.
Originally posted by totallackey
reply to post by stanats
Any person who supports progressive taxation in any form is a Marxist. Case closed. I did not need any bs thread or anything else to prove the point. It does not matter whether any other term (i.e., Republican, Democrat, Independent) is utilized as an adjective. If you support progressive taxation, you are a marxist...it really is that simple.edit on 15-7-2012 by totallackey because: clarity
Should we start taking people into rooms and pumping them full of '___' again, in the name of our democratic republic?
Originally posted by dawnstar
reply to post by Ancient Champion
A problem pops up when these successful people start thinking that they are the greatest and the rest of us are just peons who deserve nothing!! Very few successful people have gotten there all on their own!!!
Originally posted by buster2010
Obama is right. Everyone who is wealthy in this nation has gotten help in some way or another in their life. Anyone that says I became wealthy on my own is a liar.