Obama’s ‘you didn’t build it’ slip and Romney’s possible Veep picks

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Penry is trying to beat up on a bogus premise. Taking a statement out of context or part of complete statement and twisting and distorting the meaning is a lie. Penry is trying to parrot Romney. So if you would like to hear the complete statement and hear it explained as no one does it alone, it takes support from many in many ways. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-z-U57BaSc and hear and see for yourself what was said and the spin these bozos try to put on it. Cheap, penry, cheap shot trying to be (_e=mc2_)!

July 20, 2012

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
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Grand Junction, CO 81501

Dear Editors:

Josh Penry’s latest offering – “Obama’s ‘you didn’t build it’ slip” (July 20, 2012) – exemplifies the profound and pervasive intellectual dishonesty that permeates Willard M. Romney’s campaign and local supporters.

First, there was no “you didn’t build it” slip.  Rather, only by taking President Obama’s actual words out of context were the Romney campaign and Penry able to manufacture bogus “talking points” – falsely claiming that the President had somehow “dissed” the indispensable—but not exclusive—role of entrepreneurs in creating jobs in our economy.

Second, both President Obama and Romney made the same point during the same week: that a thriving free enterprise economy depends on the availability of “public goods” – i.e., highways, schools, water systems, police, fire and rescue personnel, and courts, all of which are paid for by taxpayers and upon which “job creators” depend for their success.

Third, Penry’s vacuous “spin” is reminiscent of those (like pseudo-conservative Rick Wagner) who equated President Obama’s “stimulus” package to “socialism” – when his policy proposals actually mimicked those of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower by emphasizing job-creating investments in infrastructure (recalling Ike’s Interstate Highway System) and job-preserving investments in education (recalling Ike’s GI Bill).

Fourth, Penry’s reference to President Obama’s 2009 pre-stimulus assertion that “only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy” disingenuously ignores the facts that this Keynesian view was widely-shared by reputable conservative economists, and that Republican Presidents Reagan, Bush, and “Shrub” had all employed increased federal spending (albeit on a smaller scale) to counter recessions.

Fifth, “the vicious cycle” that “crippled our economy” was the direct result of discredited Republican economic policies – which Romney promises to try again, while cynically attempting to persuade an under-informed electorate to expect different results.

However, that tax-dodger Romney stoops to fabricating false “issues” rather than confronting real ones “says it all”.

                Bill Hugenberg
                543 Rim Drive
                Grand Junction, CO 81507
Word Count = 300           257-1998

Well said Bill, well said!
Unfortunately, my impression is both mentioned pundits really would further their own ambitions to be in the forefront of public eye with inflaming psuedo-clever pen flicks without discussing meaningful problems and solutions that might expose their playing abilities are not more than being boo-birds in the stands.
This all works like the TV shows prevalent today, you can lie, cheat, betray and even steal shoes, if it is all a ‘game’ for a prize of money. Integrity, trustworthyness, and moral fiber can be sacrificed to ‘win a game’ and titilate others for entertainment.



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