A SPEECH THAT SHOULD ENCOURAGE OR INFURIATE.
To many people, it was to encourage...
President Barack Obama's speech was very simple to understand that, whatever business one was in, one did not do it all by oneself. One had all kinds of help to finally put the business "puzzles" together.
If any business persons thought that they had succeeded without the input of others, they would be lying to themselves; and that was true with almost all businesses, no matter what they were.
Also, government played a vital role in all businesses, as the president said, by maintaining the infrastructure that was needed for any business to be possible. That was seen in the building of roads, bye-ways, bridges and tunnels, and keeping them in good condition for all citizens, including business owners.
"Prominent business groups are joining conservatives and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in calling out President Obama for his recent comments about the relationship between government and business." (foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/17). In a nutshell, they did not take kindly to what the president said.
If that wasn't the most preposterous reaction by those so called "prominent business groups", then nothing should be; because they were the ones that were benefiting from a sound business environment more than any other. That was the responsibility of every government, without which nothing could be accomplished.
If business groups were forgetting about what made them to succeed, and for their owners to become rich, then it should even take a twelve year old to remind them that they did not do it all by themselves, let alone the president of the United States.
It was an election year, and so political leanings have become the total basis from which many people expressed their feelings; and many of those prominent groups made sure that the party or the candidate they supported should be favored in their public statements and utterances.
They even made huge political contributions toward campaigns and parties for the sake of them winning elections, at the expense of the average person, who did not have the resources to do the same for his or her party or candidate.
If Obama was against business, how come the stock exchange markets were thriving? The Dow Jones Average, NASDAQ, NYSE had collapsed in 2008, but they were now prospering under Obama.
Small businesses have had more tax breaks than at any other time in history to boost their profits under his administration, and for them to hire more people. It was only that many of those businesses would want the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to go away, so that it would not cut into their gains; but that would be rather unfair on their part, as they should be able to pick up the health care tab for their own workers.
Yet, some of them would want all the money to come to them, when their employees were sweltering under high private insurance premiums for themselves and their families. The ACT made it possible for business owners and their workers to share the health care burden equally; however, that was what many of those business owners hated.
The president would be the first to acknowledge the fact that the country's economy depended on businesses, and he would not require David Chavern, chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce, an organization that has been on his back since his inauguration, to tell him what he should say.
Or the National Federation of Independent Business chairman to blur out an inequitable statement such as,
... "unfortunate remarks over the weekend show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs." (foxnews, 7/17/12).; referring to the president's speech as being inappropriate.
If that wasn't hypocritical of the business world to attack Obama, who has made many banks to survive on Wall Street through TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), and for some of those same businesses to obtain the loans they should have in order to carry on, then the public should be the judge.
The Republican Party organ would use any and all avenues to derail the Obama campaign; hence the bringing in of those entities that would want to free-load on their fellow Americans, and so condemn a simple, benign speech by the president that even a child could understand.
The Republicans knew that there was nothing anybody could do without the participation of government. They realized that to throw government out of people's lives was impossible; but were they telling that to anyone? You bet they weren't.
They would rather criticize Obama for political gains; but many Americans were wryly watching the whole political atmosphere to know who was telling them the truth; either Obama or Romney, for them to be able to make up their minds on November 6th, 2012 election day.
No amount of dirty tricks by either side, Democratic or Republican, would sway them. They also were aware of the fact that without government investment in infrastructure and such, through taxes that every citizen should pay his or her fair share, nothing could prevail; and there would no country to be proud of.
Over to you, Romney.