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Who Builds Small (and Big) Businesses in TE?

A campaign controversy swirls as local business people debate who's responsible for their success or failure.

Who builds small, mid-sized, or even big businesses in TE and across the country?

That question has taken center stage in the Presidential campaign since President Obama gave a speech last Friday in Roanoake Virginia and made this statement.

"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own.  I'm always struck by people who think 'well it must be cause I was just so smart.' There are a lot of smart people out there. 'It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.' 

Let me tell ya something, there's a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  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 try. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. 

If you got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.

The internet didn't get invented on its own, government research created the internet so then all the companies could make money off the internet. The point is that when we succeed because of our individual innitiative but also because we do things together.

There are some things just like fighting fires we don't do on our own. I mean imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That'd be a hard way to organize fighting fires.  So we say to ourselves ever since the founding of this country, 'you know what there are somethings we do better together.' That's how we funded the G.I. Bill, that's how we created the middle class, that's how we built the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Hoover Dam. That's how we invented the internet, that's how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people. And that's the reason I'm running for President because I still believe in that idea."

Thursday the Romney campaign launched an internet campaign that taps into the same frustration many small business owners in TE expressed about the President's remarks.

All week, TE Patch has been asking small business owners in Tredyffrin and Easttown to comment on the President's remarks. While many have strong opinions, none have been willing to go on the record to be quoted for fear of offending customers on one side of the issue or the other and potentially losing business in these difficult economic times.

So here's your chance to sound off on the controversy.

Is the President right on the money, or out of touch with entrepreneurs? Will his remarks change the way you vote in November?

Tell us in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Marc July 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Wow, I hardly know where to start with this. I used to think that he wrote all of his own speeches and read them from a teleprompter but there are so many errors in the quote above that now I'm not so sure. No argument that government plays an important role in our lives and that is largely in providing an infrastructure that creates a backdrop for us to build upon. Providing the services that we need to protect us while we carve out a living for ourselves and our families. But the government doesn't get us out of bed in the morning nor does it provide that spark of entrepreneurship that has made our nation the envy of the world. The Constitution bestowed upon us certain rights, freedoms, that the government through it's system of laws protects us with. It's that system and those rights that allow that spark to light and stay lit. So to say "If you got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." is ridiculous. The next person to say "I didn't start my business, the government gave it to me", will be the first.

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