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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Romney’s “I built it myself” Campaign Prop is On WELFARE

OK, not “welfare” exactly.  But that’s what Mitt Romney — and the rightwing oligarchs financing his campaign — would call it.  In the ongoing soap opera, President Obama has been hammering away at the obvious fact that we need roads and schools and other taxpayer-financed projects in order for businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive.  It’s a no-brainer.  Move on.

But Mitt Romney is still blubbering away over Obama’s out-of-context quote, “you didn’t build that.”  Romney‘s latest TV commercial features Jack Gilchrist, owner of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating.  In the ad, titled “These Hands,” Jack Gilchrist says:

“My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company? …Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it?”

Except that, uhh…Gilchrist Metal Fabricating has received some generous help from the government.    The company has received $800,000 in government loans, and has two contracts with the Navy.  Your tax dollars at work.  Nanny State Alert!  There’s been a “Government Takeover!” of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating.

Now obviously Gilchrist Metal Fabricating is a productive business run by hardworking people.  And just as obviously — this company, like all companies, NEEDS a strong government infrastructure in order to do business.  This is exactly the point that Obama has been reiterating again and again.  And it’s exact same point that Romney and his bots keep pretending not to grasp.

And now, Romney’s hand-picked campaign prop for his “Obama said I didn’t build it” meme turns out to be a perfect example — the personification — of what Obama has been telling us.

The irony — undetected by Republicans — is overpowering.

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9 Comments:

Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

This episode convinces me Team Romney's talking point of the day geniuses are on loan from Fox News. The carefully misedited sound bite and lame gotcha attempt over the taken-out-of-context misquote has Fox written all over it.

Either that or they're political hacks bucking for a job with Fox so they won't be jobless whether Romney wins or loses.

For that matter, Romney himself would be more at home with a Fox show.

". . .Oh, hey, we don't make references to the first lady's butt, even if it's . . . heh, heh, heh, heh."

July 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Rushpubliscums miss the point..... when do they ever GET the point, really?

July 25, 2012 at 2:41 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I am going to go ahead and assume here that Gilchrist is going to be this campaign season's, Not Joe Not the Plumber.

July 25, 2012 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

You would think Romney's people would have picked somebody who hadn't gotten breaks from the government. What a sloppy bunch.

July 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't know yet whether Gilchrist receives a local Utility Rate break, a Payroll Tax exemption or Redevelopment funds.

Makes "Hard Work" that much easier


Erik

July 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't know yet whether Gilchrist receives a local Utility Rate break, a Payroll Tax exemption or Redevelopment funds.

Makes "Hard Work" that much easier


Erik

July 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry it belched

Erik

July 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: You're right, this does have the Fox stench all over it.

JR: The only point they ever get is what their johns tell them.

Jess: Get ready for Joe the Plumber 2.0.

Jim: The Romney team didn't do their homework, that's for sure.

Erik: Yup, all three of those nanny state giveaways are helpful to businesses everywhere.

July 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Romney is simply unlikable.

Republicans don't like him, but they will vote for him without enthusiasm because of their pathological hatred of Obama. Romney is not Obama, so he will have their support. But man, they must have to be holding their noses.

Another subpar candidate, and another poorly-run campaign. They don't know how to pick candidates, or how to run campaigns. It's no small wonder they resort to things like trying to purge voters from the rolls or other similar tactics. Throwing an election? Hey, if it's the only real chance they have, they'll take it... that's how they're made: "Whatever it takes!"

July 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM  

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