Sunday, July 22, 2012

Kathleen Parker: Businesses Taking Government Assistance To Build Their Business Gives Romney an Argument in Support of Free Enterprise

The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker was one of the panelists on The Chris Matthews Show today and said something that made me raise the ole eyebrow, regarding Obama's "You didn't build that,  you capitalist pigs!" comment. Now, I'm honestly making an effort to give the benefit of the doubt here and generously suggest that she may have misspoke. Sadly, I've watched the clip over and over, and it's a little difficult to make that case (sorry, don't know how to embed the clip, sadly).

"Well, it was certainly a gift to Mitt Romney and whether you take the, cherry pick the phrase, and the larger context, may soften it somewhat, when the president says you didn't do this on your own, you got a lot of help, and maybe you got an SBA loan or whatever. But it just gives Romney an opportunity to make the argument for free enterprise."

 Okay, so first off, Parker thinks that what Obama said was clearly a "gift" to Romney, presumably meaning that it was a good thing. Secondly, the fact that it may be taken out of context doesn't seem to bother her very much. But the most important part, I thought, was the bolded. She admits that it's quite possible that a business owner may have gotten an SBA loan, which stands for Small Business Administration, which is an arm of, *cue scary music* the GOVERNMENT! And yet, despite this, she seems to think that this will help Romney make the argument for rugged individualism?

I'm guessing this must be the right winger's version of the "free market", where it totally counts as bootstrappin' if businesses suck on the government's teat.

7 comments:

  1. If the Romney campaign is able to spin some numbers suggesting that SBA programs helped fewer businesses (or fewer successful businesses) than other investment sources, then it might be a gift in that the Obama campaign opened the conversation - but only if Romney is able to turn it around in that fashion. They kind of cut her off after that so she didn't get to take the idea anywhere. But if the subject of SBA loans comes up, I would expect someone from the Romney camp to downplay its effectiveness.

    Well, not really. I guess I would expect someone from the Romney camp to ignore a question about SBA programs entirely and instead think they've been invited to talk about things they think are hurting small business.

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