You didn’t build that!

27 Jul

No, Mr. President and neither did the government.

I have finally stopped fuming enough to focus my wrath upon the outrageous anti-business attitude of the current, and soon to be former, President of the United States.

I want to make the President an offer since he will soon need a job. My business is located in Northern Virginia and is engaged in consulting services for land developers and home builders.  I can say unequivocally that government, which the President likes to tout as the reason for economic growth, is one of the main obstacles to the creation of jobs and wealth.  He has obviously never tried to get a building permit, develop a piece of land, open a store or put an addition onto a house.

Mr. President, you do not realize this, but the streets we live on, the water and sewer lines that service our homes, the electricity, telephone, cable and gas lines were all built by the private sector.  If anything, government slowed down the process creating higher costs and delays. That does not create jobs, it destroys them. The cost of regulation and delay is enormous.

Here is my offer, Mr. President.  I will put you on a survey crew and after a few days outside in 100 degree weather you can tell me who actually builds things in this country…..the private sector or the bureaucrats who regulate to death every aspect of our lives?  If that doesn’t make you change your mind, you are a bigger fool than I ever imagined.




Posted by on July 27, 2012 in politics


7 responses to “You didn’t build that!

  1. Kasey Jachim

    July 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Letting Freedom Ring and commented:
    Well said!!!

  2. P. Henry Saddleburr

    July 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    If it weren’t for the infrastructure that the private sector built Barack Obama wouldn’t have anything to plug his coal fired teleprompter into. I guess that’s why in Roanoake, in coal country, there wasn’t enough juice to fire up his teleprompter brain.

    So he had to go off prompter. Hilarity and truth ensued.

    Funny that a kid who grew up in Indonesia wasn’t cognitive enough to recognize that America gave him more stuff that magically was here……..and not there.

    And he’s supposedly a genius. A parasitical, dope smoking, coke snorting GENIUS.

    But his commie mommy taught him well, as both enjoyed the bounty that was America, while commie mommy instructed her unfortunate sperm/egg cell hookup that America sucks.

    Barack Hussein Obama hasn’t ever picked up a shovel. He’s never built anything and the only thing he knows how to run is his mouth.

    Shame on anyone who actually voted for this waste of carbon.

  3. danielfee

    July 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Well I am glad you finally got over your fake outrage over the Obama comment that was taken wildly out of context. I am also a land development consulting engineer located in South Florida. I have had my own firm since 1991 and well over 95% of my clients have been private sector clients. Although many of my competitors do a significant volume of engineering design and surveying work for governmental projects. I will bet you $10,000 dollars the same is true for your area. We also both know that even if your local land developer and home building clients are constructing the local roads within their subdivisions, they are not building the arterial roadways and interstate system that bring people to their subdivisions. Those roads are built by local and state governments with a significant portion of the funding coming from federal tax dollars. Also, your clients, like mine, are installing the water distribution and sewage collection systems within their subdivisions, however we are connecting those to a backbone system and treatment plants that have been constructed by government agencies. Without the backbone system being in place, and built with taxpayer dollars, our clients could not build homes, townhouses, shopping centers or office buildings at a cost effective price, therefore they would not be built. You and I both know that these projects cannot absorb tens of millions of additional dollars in their construction budgets. You say “unequivocally that government, which the President likes to tout as the reason for economic growth, is one of the main obstacles to the creation of jobs and wealth.” However, the wealth and jobs created by your clients, as well as your own firm, depend upon the backbone infrastructure being in place in order for their projects to go forward and succeed. One final point, you are located in Northern Virginia which has been booming because of the growth of the Federal government. All of those industries and defense contractors have been moving into your area for the last few decades is because of their Federal Government contracts that exploded during the Bush years (actually all the way back to the Reagan years). That growth has resulted in the demand for additional housing and commercial development in your area, hence driving your clients business. Take that away and your area would be like West Virginia. Apparently you have spent a few too many days in the 100 degree heat yourself. Come inside to the air-conditioned office and spend a few days thinking about the bigger picture and you might just see how you and your clients fit into, benefit from and depend upon the government (local, state and federal) in order for your businesses to succeed. Sure we work hard and we create jobs and growth, but as President Obama said, we are not doing it all on our own. If you don’t understand this, then you are a small thinker which would explain why you can be tricked into “fuming” for a week over a comment that was twisted out of context for political purposes.

    • John D'Oh

      July 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      A few brief points. You are correct Northern Virginia benefits from federal largesse. My question is why does the rest of the country vote to allow this to happen?

      More importantly, it is the government which lags behind the private sector and that actually retards economic growth. If the President believes the government has been so efficient in providing an adequate transportation system, perhaps he ought to give up his motorcade and government jet and commute to work like the rest of the country. Funny, but here in Northern Virginia the government is having to turn to private funding of toll lanes in order to improve the interstates we already paid gas taxes to use, so your argument about government providing major infrastructure is really an argument that government is actually very inefficient at providing infrastructure which is why it is frequently poorly maintained and inadequate. Is the phone system, cable system, gas distribution system, internet, etc. like that? No, and the reason is obvious.

  4. Greg

    July 28, 2012 at 5:13 am

    I don’t think he is a fool as much as he is a Marxist idealogue. I don’t know which is more dangerous.

  5. danielfee

    July 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    You really need to expand your informational sources. Looking at your side bar it appears the only sources you use are right-wing and far right-wing outlets. The President has never said that he believes “the government has been so efficient in providing an adequate transportation system”. In fact he has said the opposite, that the government has been negligent in the investment of the country’s infrastructure, which is why he has continually pushed for higher funding of infrastructure projects. Where did he get this “crazy” idea that our countries infrastructure is in need of repair and expansion? Well if you are in the industry you know that NSPE and ASCE have being issuing failing grades for our national infrastructure for decades. For those of you not in the engineering community, just look around at the bridges collapsing, the water mains breaking and all of the other dilapidated infrastructure. It has been decades of neglect and underfunding that has led to this condition so it is no surprise that the government in Northern Virginia has had to look for other funding sources such as private funding of toll lanes. The State of Florida has done the same thing; we have toll express lanes in Miami-Dade County along I-95. They have had to look for alternate ways of funding necessary projects because of the decades long severe underfunding. You have been supporting an ideology and Republican Party that has been neglecting and dismantling the government infrastructure for years. You then point to the government and say see it is “very inefficient at providing infrastructure.” Of course it is, when you put Republicans in charge. It is a self-fulfilling prophesy. Would you hire a CEO or manager that thinks your business sucks and should be dismantled?
    I recently made a trip to China and everywhere you look they are making massive investments in their infrastructure. They are kicking our butt. Their private sector is also growing at a rapid pace following along behind the lead of public infrastructure development. They need the public investments in the roads, rails, ports, airports and other transportation systems for their private sector to flourish (and it is). If we don’t drop this ridiculous argument that “we as individuals are doing it all on our own and that government just gets in the way,” then in a few more decades we will no longer be the world’s economic superpower and we will be looking up at China. Now is the time as a country we should be borrowing and investing heavily in a 21st century infrastructure. Our borrowing cost is as low as it has ever been in our country’s history. Bond investors are looking for a safe place to put their money, and if you pay attention to the bond market, investors are telling you that U.S. Treasuries are the safest investment in the world, which is why you are seeing record low bond yield. When the interest rates are at their low and any prudent businessman or homeowner knows that it is time to refinance and rebuild.The same is true for our cities, states and the federal government. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to refinance, repair and rebuild our public infrastructure at record low costs. Will we piss it away because we have one party that is hell bent on proving the government of “we the people” cannot do anything right?
    As far as the other infrastructure you mentioned, such as electric, phone, gas, the internet, etc, what is obvious is that you are lacking a sense of history as to how many of these got off the ground in the first place. There was massive government investment in R&D that led to the development of the internet. Once the basic platform was in place, the private sector made it explode. The same was true in the early days of electricity and rural electrification. If it wasn’t for these government investments, we would probably still have large parts of the country living in the dark. The railways and interstate highway systems opened new markets for private businesses because they could now get their products out of their local communities. The space program R&D investments led to numerous inventions that we take for granted every day. And the GI bill sent thousands of returning vets from WW II to college and trained a generation of engineers and scientist.
    What is obvious, and anyone who has participated in sports or is a sports fan knows, that a team of good players who work together as a team will beat a group of individual superstars that think they can do it all on their own as a one man team.

    You can take your “Marxist ideologue” (by the way this is the correct spelling of ideologue) comment and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. I am sick and tired of you know-nothing right-wing blowhards accusing everybody that doesn’t swallow the crap being put out by the likes of Fox News and right-wing talk radio of being a Marxist. America has made some of its greatest advancements when we have pooled our resources and worked together as a team, such as winning WW II or putting a man on the moon. Tell me what individual or private sector company could have achieved that on their own? I have been very successful in my career and business, but I am not arrogant enough to thing everything I have accomplished and all the money I have made was done solely on my own. America is great because our group efforts to provide the basic infrastructure that a society needs to function provides us all with an opportunity to become successful. But as President Obama said “you didn’t that!” So I ask you, why do you hate America?

  6. nooneofanyimport

    July 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Holy moly, thems some serious brick walls of words that danielfee’s been constructing. I’d comment on the substance within, but the impenetrable wall makes my eyes swim. You guys should consider disapproving his comments until he learns to use paragraph breaks, LOL.


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