McConnell attacks parents, teachers, police and public infrastructure as worthless

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?


  1. Greg Leichty
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Mitch keeps going further and further up a dark alley from which there is not return that I can see. Next stop the twilight zone?.

  2. Betty
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Maybe I missed something, but you really inferred a lot from Mitch McConnell’s quote. I’m no fan of his, but I think all he meant was that many businesses have succeeded without government help. This obviously overstates and oversimplifies (if not distorts) the truth. But nowhere do I see anything stated or implied about parents, police, etc. Did I miss something, or is there some poetic license, if not hyperbole being used here?

  3. Aleric
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Mitch was right, government doesn’t make money, they take it from people and businesses, and the only way they can do that is if the businesses are ALREADY there. That is the hole in the LIBERAL logic, but then liberalism is the opposite of logic.

  4. Stephine
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    How do you know what it is that President Obama and Senator McConnell are inferring? Are you a mind reader? If so, President Obama and Senator McConnell could probably make great use of your exceptional skills. Why is it so difficult to listen to both arguments and the words that are actually used to make a point? It would give bloggers and journalist so much more credibility to utilize what is actually said and not to not twist a partial quote of an entire speech to proselytize their own personal political agenda. In all honesty I could really careless what our gentleblogger’s personal political views are; it takes ALL views and ALL beliefs to make our country work. Once our great nation realizes this, they might actually get some things accomplished in Washington DC.

  5. Croftie
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Well Obama said, ““If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    Perhaps he meant that successful business persons owe the govt. for the roads upon which their goods are delivered. But where did the govt. get the money from? Oh, yeah, taxes on the earnings of the citizens. Govt. does NOTHING without first taking the earnings of the citizens.

    This is really about whether the collective is more important than the individual… Me, I’ll take individual liberty over the good of the collective any day.

    Socialism… killing more people since 1917 than Nazism ever dreamt of.

  6. CoolerKing
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure Croftie deserves a response, having proven himself a wingnut with his comment about socialism killing more than Nazism. But for the record, here’s the full quote from President Obama, which the right-wingers have taken wildly out of context:

    “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build (the roads and bridges). Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

  7. kilowat
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Mitch has taken the ALEC BS hook line and don’t know what ALEC is look it up

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