Thursday, July 26, 2012

More Socialist Freeloaders

Gee, what a shock: two Tampa businesses that back Mitt Romney’s lying campaign ad about “you didn’t build this” survive on government contracts.

According to its website, A.D. Morgan — a construction firm — has received at least $150 million since 1999 for work on government buildings, prisons, schools and libraries. The figure represents only the total from the fraction of news releases that included a dollar figure. The company lists more than 130 projects that it has completed; nearly all of them are in the public sector.

Value Enterprise Solutions —an information technology company — boasts strong government bona fides, as well. Its Facebook page describes the company as “providing value added service/education to business, local government, federal government, Department of Defense and industry contract organizations.” The Facebook page also describes the company as a “minority/service disabled veteran owned small disadvantaged business.” That’s a designation that gives companies a special status, so in some cases they can be a lone bidder on a project. But that designation is recognized by government, not the private sector.

Despite that dependence on government largesse to supplant their bottom lines, the companies’ owners dismissed the role of government in their businesses.

“None at all,” said Value Enterprise’s owner, Lou Ramos, when asked if government played a role in the success of his company.

Well, then, maybe they should just give the contracts back. How about that?

Both business owners, who are registered Republicans, said they were personally insulted by Obama’s comments.

“I was asked the other day on whether I feel government doesn’t support business,” Smith said. “And I think that the answer really is resounding. Not only does (Obama) seem not to understand business, and he doesn’t seem to want to accord the business leadership with the credit of making the choice to lead and risk in starting a business, I would go one step further and say that our president seems to oppose the success of small business.”

Riiight…. So they saw the speech in Roanoke, did they?

As for Obama’s speech that they both strongly objected to, neither one saw it.

Ramos said he later read a full transcript of the speech. Smith said she didn’t see it, only news reports on what was said.

And those “news reports” came from… let me guess… Fox News?

Hey, if these folks want to be all rugged individualist and claim that government is the problem, fine; whatever. But at least make an attempt to not come off as hypocritical laughingstocks.

It is at least refreshing to see the article point out the fact that the Romney campaign ad took the Roanoke speech out of context:

During his speech, Obama spoke about how even the most successful business owners didn’t make it alone, that they were helped by others, including in some cases those in government.

But the Romney campaign is stressing one part of that speech, including a line where Obama stated, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Taken alone, that might mean Obama is refusing to award credit to business owners. When the entire section of the speech is included, it’s obvious what Obama’s point is.

“When we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together,” Obama said at the same Virginia event.

In other words, the Romney ad is taking it way out of context. Which is all in a day’s work for them, government contract or not.