They Built It, So Shut up About Working Together
The Republicans took a brave step and adopted the slogan "We Built It" for their nominating convention in Tampa, Fl. Thus, I am updating this post in the hopes that more people will read it and dissect that lie.
The richest people in the world did it all by themselves. I know for a fact that every office building to ever house a successful multimillion dollar company was built brick by brick, or girder by girder, by the people that founded those companies. There was no help from anyone. Small businesses did it all by themselves too.
No small businesses got any help from city planners, electricians, plumbers, architects or anyone. Business men do it all by themselves. Let’s hope they don’t use the U.S. dollars printed by the government for their businesses or write off any of their expenditures or use any of the government roads, bridges, sewers, or hire anyone that went to public schools, because that would be socialist. Nope, they do it all by themselves.
I also know for a fact that Cornelius Vanderbilt put every spike into every rail on his railroad empire, built every rail car and ran every train himself. All railroad barons did it by themselves. Certainly, “The government gave the companies rights of way of 200 feet on each side of the track and financial aid of $16,000 to $48,000 for each mile of track laid” but thinking that the rail barons didn’t make millions without government assistance means you’re a socialist. You wouldn’t want people to think you are a socialist, would you?
Let’s look at a more modern example, the Internet. Twenty years before Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, was born, he dreamed up the technology for the Internet. The idea that a publicly funded university such as M.I.T., with government support from DARPA, came up the concept of a global network is ridiculous because it contradicts our idea that the government doesn’t do anything right and should be abolished. It’s even worse if you think that the government had ANYTHING to do with the creation of the Internet. Believing the facts about public sector investments helping private enterprise is dangerous because people might get the idea that the government could get something right. So, don’t believe it folks.
We know Zuckerman went back in time to create the Internet on which he made his billions, and we know this because it lines up with our fantasy of the self-made, self reliant business man.
Big oil deserves all their subsidies. If oil companies had to pay the same in taxes as other companies, it would no longer be the highly profitable business we all admire. Heck, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, Chevron, and Shell — booked a combined profit of $137 billion in 2011. And without all those tax write-offs for business expenses, big oil would have to pay for things that it uses like the rest of the prols. But this is NOT government assistance when some of the companies’ expenses are offset by tax payers. Oil companies go it alone, and any communist out there that suggests otherwise is a socialist.
In 2011, BP received $600 million in tax credits for ethanol production and wrote off 70% of it’s oil rig lease, a savings of $250,000 a day. But remember, the oil giants do it all without our help. Thank God the Senate blocked a repeal of a $24 billion dollar tax subsidy to oil companies; we don’t want government interfering in our businesses.
Walmart got some government money to expand the roads to its headquarters in Arkansas, but that is not welfare, its investment in the largest retailer in the world that garnered a measly $114.2 billion in profits in 2011. You see, the less you need government subsidies, the more you deserve government assistance and welfare. So, homeless people are the least deserving among us, and Walmart is the most deserving. I am sure Jesus would agree.
Receiving subsidies proves you deserve them. The proof that Walmart earned their subsidies is that they have received over $1 billion in economic development aid from state and local governments from all over America according to Good Jobs First, a D.C. based research group. Moreover, corporations have shown they are more worthy than individual by receiving more government aid, $92 billion, to $59 billion to welfare programs for individuals ($59 billion too much!).
If people could be as self sufficient as corporations, they would all make it on their own without assistance. Let’s end food programs that make people dependent on eating, housing programs that make people dependent on shelter, energy subsidies to individuals (not corporations) that make people dependent on heating and air conditioning, and other handouts that make people dependent on each other.