Another Small Business Owner Tells Obama to "Kiss My …"

October 18, 2012 at 9:21 am (Auto Repair, New York, President Obama, Redistribution of Wealth, Speigletown, Tesman's, Todd Tesman, You Didn't Build That)

Saw this sign in my travels up Route 40 (h/t Michael and Janice), in a tiny little place called Speigletown, NY.

Not quite sure President Obama would ever be in that area, but if he were he would be driving past an auto repair shop called Tesman’s, where he could then read the following message:

Owner Todd Tesman apparently decided it was time to send the President a message that he did indeed build his own business.
The sign is a slightly cleaned up version of one used by an owner of a Georgia lumberyard back in August, and reads:
“We built this business without gov’t help
Pres. Obama can kiss my … 
Todd Tesman approved this message”

I can assure you, Todd built it with some of my help back in the early ’90s.  The business I gave him with my crappy Taurus station wagon had to be staggering.  
Still, like most successful businessmen, Todd always lent a helping hand.  You didn’t have to force him to redistribute wealth, he would routinely do small and quick repairs at no cost to the customer.  Charity was a choice, not legislated by government.
From reading other testimonials, it seems Todd is still carrying on that tradition.
It just goes to show you that successful small business owners haven’t forgotten about the President’s “you didn’t build that” moment.

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Obama (2001): Redistribution of Wealth by Supreme Court Justifiable

September 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm (Chicago, President Obama, Redistribution of Wealth, Spread the Wealth, Supreme Court)

Earlier today, Republicans were hitting on a recording of Obama in 1998 in which the future President says he “believe(s) in some redistribution”.

“I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution – because I actually believe in some redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”

It’s those final words – “I actually believe in some redistribution” – that Republicans have latched onto, characterizing them as an endorsement of redistributing wealth, rather than making sure government agencies were well supported. Many conservatives argue redistributing wealth is akin to socialism.

That’s hardly a revelation.  The President’s staunch support of taking from those who work and giving to those who watch the work is well-documented, in word and deed.

Now though, a new recording has surfaced of Obama in 2001, and it’s a rather alarming statement on just how far he thinks government can reach in their quest to spread the wealth.  Essentially, he believes there is theoretical justification for the Supreme Court to do the redistributing.

Back in 2001, Barack Obama gave this stunning interview to a Chicago public radio station in which he talked about using the Supreme Court, the most undemocratic of the three branches of government, to “spread the wealth.”

A rough excerpt:

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples so that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at a lunch counter and order, and as long as I could pay for it, I’d be OK. But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and the more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society, and to that extent, as radical as, I think, people try to characterize the Warren court, it wasn’t that radical; it didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers and the Constitution…. One of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think, there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change, and in some ways, we still suffer from that. You can craft theoretical justification for it legally, and any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts.

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