‘You didn’t Build it’ and the Ryan Response


On Friday, Obama told an audience at a fundraiser in Roanoke, Va., “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Following Obama’s remarks on how private businesses are not responsible for their own success, Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) returned fire with a statement on his Facebook page:

The President recently suggested that a central government – not individuals – deserves the credit for building successful businesses. This sentiment makes for terrible economics, but also reveals a confused morality.

Ryan went on to praise the merits of a free community, noting that government plays a critical role in ensuring prosperity by providing rules and infrastructure. Ryan made a key distinction, however, saying “Government helps create the space for innovation and prosperity, but government does not fill that space—and it should not try to, as the last few years have shown us.”

Ryan noted that Obama believes government should fill that space:

The President’s vision of a government-centered society – reflected in both his troubling rhetoric and his failed policies – belittles fair rewards for labor and enterprise.