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Published: Tuesday, July 31 2012 7:30 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

This is just spin.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Kind of playing semantics, aren't you Gary?

"The government took taxpayer funds and contracted with private businesses to build those roads, bridges and the Internet."

Ok. But then, the Government is "WE THE PEOPLE" and business is "WE THE PEOPLE"

Kind of like Apple computer. People build the computers, ipads, and iphones, but would they have happened without the coordination of Steve Jobs?

"We, the people, did build the roads, bridges, Internet and our own businesses. "

Very true, but "WE THE PEOPLE" also saw the wisdom to pool our funds in the way of taxes to enable our business to function.

Without that "coordination" it would not have happened.

It is not all or nothing. We need a balance of Govt and business in order to achieve the greatest synergies.

That is common sense. And that is becoming a rare commodity in some political circles.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

During his speech at the 2002 Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics
-- Romney made a similar argument about Olympians.

"You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power,” said Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right! [pumps fist].”

To quote a comedian-Businesses do it on their own, but a 4 minute mile, that takes a village.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Gary Petersen is absolutely correct,

We, the people, did build the roads, bridges, Internet and our own businesses.

Along with all the other beneficial assets of being an American citizen.

This is what we are trying to tell the selfish snobs who thing they are Gods gift to the world.

Esquire
Springville, UT

What is it with Republicans? This letter argues both sides of the argument. The government is US! Yes, it acts and coordinates for all of US! We all work together for the common good, and having a government is how we do it. Why is this concept so hard for the right wingers to comprehend? They love the largesse they get, and then turn around and bite the hand that feeds them. It is the most astounding bit of obtuse hypocrisy I've ever seen!

Henderson
Orem, UT

There's nothing like picking out short words and phrases of a very long speech in order to justify your hate and promote your political agenda.

Foxnews, AM radio, and letter writers like this one, have perfected this art.

Oh how far the GOP has fallen since Reagan:

"Our progress in space - taking giant steps for all mankind - is a tribute to American TEAMWORK and excellence. Our finest minds in government, industry, and academia have all pulled TOGETHER. And we can be proud to say: We are first; we are the best; and we are so because we're free."

It's easy for corporations to pick on our feeble minds when instead of pulling together as a team, we focus on attacking each other.

One has to wonder, why is the right wing constantly trying to divide us?

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

'We the people' equals 'the federal government'. Exactly. Liberal talking point; thanks for your support.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Our society as a whole, the one we are trying to tear apart, is responsible for the infrastructure and institutions that make our nation what it is. If you think private industry on it's own would have done this then take a look at where it sent all the jobs.

a bit of reality
Shawnee Mission, KS

This letter to the editor raises the question: what was Obama's point? Thankfully, we don't have to speculate--in the same speech after saying the controversial remarks, he clarified his point by saying, "The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

It sounds like you agree with him.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Creative editing...

In a speech in Roanoke, Va., on July 13, President Obama said,...taxpaying individuals and businesses funded the building of roads, bridges and the Internet. The government took taxpayer funds and contracted with private businesses to build those roads, bridges and the Internet.

The president continued...

We appreciate our teachers, law enforcement officers, military and the highways, both paved and electronic, that allow us to conduct business. We show that appreciation by paying our fair share of taxes and fueling the national economy with investments, initiative and hard work.

It's easy to edit a quote to create a political advantage, anytime...anywhere.

Democrats dable in the art, but Republicans have the patent.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Too much GOP rhetoric seems to center on "starve and kill" government to make is "smaller" rather than "improve government to make it more effective." Too much GOP rhetoric indicates that we need to eliminate government rather than make it better. I disagree.

Personally, I don't mind a "big government" if it is effective. If it builds roads, protects patents for my inventions and apps, and keeps a level playing field with foreign competitors so that I can benefit from hard work here at home, so be it! I'm afraid a starved/small government won't be able to protect my small business from the exploits of big businesses and foreign imports dumped onto the marketplace and people stealing my technologies for their own gain.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

What was BO's point?

There are those who took advantage of the opportunities created by the founders of the nation, and leveraged it with their hard work and sweat and abilities, and put their own finances at risk to build a business and create wealth.

There are those who have not chosen to do so and/or do NOT have the abilities required.

BO's point was to condemn the former because they have not been willing to see the fruits of their labors go to the latter. In other words, to incite class warfare and curry favor with the latter.

You see, BO's agenda and ideology is based on equal outcome. Equal opportunity - equal schmopportunity; it does not mean a THING to him. He wants equal outcome regardless of effort, ability, or the risks you have been willing to take.

but talking of wealth creation, BO knows NOTHING about that. Our collective and individual wealth has declined under his misadministration and cash-for-clunkers was a MASSIVE exercise in wealth destruction.

Baron Scarpia,
since you want a level playing field with foreign competitors, you are lobbying for a massive cut in the corporate tax rates, right?

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

Individual inventing curiosity and ideas, committed hard work, and "what if" dreams has been the basis of what we are about. Yes we have built on others talents and abilities - proof, Sir Isaac Newton, Eli Whitney, Farnsworth, and all such creative minded indiviuals who stood apart and above regardless of religious or government help or interference.

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