Here’s a jaw-dropping quote from Sen. Mitch McConnell this morning, riffing off the Mitt Romney campaign’s dishonest out-of-context mischaracterization of President Obama’s speech about how those who are successful in America rely in part on the system in place to support them. Whereas Romney dishonestly says that Obama said business owners “didn’t build” their business (Obama was referring to building the roads and bridges they rely on), McConnell is going a step further and saying that the successful in America actually were able to do so completely on their own:
“Pres. may think those who’ve succeeded in life haven’t done so on their own but anybody who’s turned a dream into a reality knows he’s wrong”
Essentially, what McConnell is arguing here is that if you have a successful business in America, you did so without the help of the parents that raised you, the teachers that taught you, the police that keep your business from being robbed, and the roads, bridges and public infrastructure that taxpayers funded so that your business is able to operate. Not to mention your employees. Or, your customers that have to have enough money to buy your product or service.
No, the only reason you are successful is because of your Randian rugged individualism and how hard you tugged on those bootstraps. Everyone else is just a pesky nuisance getting in the way of your greatness.
I understand that Mitch McConnell’s political survival totally relies upon sucking up to the people who run billion dollar corporations, but does he expect anyone to actually nod their head in agreement with this nonsense?