Is What Romney Gets Wrong, Right?
By now everyone that pays close attention to these ridiculous campaign squabbles should realize that when president Obama said, “if you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that,” he didn’t mean that the entrepreneur isn’t responsible for his work, but that everyone utilizes public infrastructure and gets help from others. If he thought the individual didn’t make it happen he wouldn’t have said, “The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” So, Romney is purposefully and dishonestly taking the president out-of-context – you know, as his campaign said it would do.
With Republicans arguing that the president thinks you aren’t responsible for your business and everyone else pointing out that he never said that, it’s worth noting that no one is actually responsible for their own “individual initiative.” Yes, you did build your own business, but the reason why you could build that business is due to the groundwork of society along with the talents and drive that you didn’t give yourself. We should still reward ambition and success even if no one fully deserves personal credit because the outside influence of accolades and compensation motivate beneficial actions like entrepreneurship.
Exterior influences acting on the biological hardware you inherited form our every behavior; where’s the merit in that? As the Republican Party trumps up imagined slights to corporate America from this business friendly president, we see an extreme individualist philosophy coddling a new entitlement class of the prosperous. The moral language of responsibility isn’t a trivial amusement when one party is only interested in conserving privilege at the expense of the economic mobility and security of everyone else.