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Subject: Re: You Didn't Build That Date: 11/24/2012 2:00 AM
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No I do understand.

No. You don't. And you seem determined to prove just how clueless you are many times each day.

What I don't accept (which you do) is when the government, that I pay for, acts like I owe them a favor for simply completing the job I paid them to do.

Woooooshshshsh . . . . Apparently, you missed the whole point of the public discussion between Obama and Romney that precipitated your little tirade. Believe me, the fact that you missed the point surprises no one.

In a democratically elected government, we are the government. The debate was never about whether that was true or not. The claim of the tea-bagger wingnuts was that they didn't need the government for anything because they achieved success entirely on their own. But you see, if part of your success is due to the fact that we all pitched in and paid for infrastructure than none of us could have afforded on our own, then the whole claim that, "I built this," is pretty much nonsense.

You didn't pay for every inch of highway. You didn't pay for every bridge and tunnel. You didn't pay for all of the food and drug inspectors that inspect your food. You didn't pay for every TSA agent or air traffic controller. You didn't pay for every court case, criminal conviction, or incarcerated criminal. You didn't pay for every cable and wire in the electric grid. You didn't pay for all the regulation and and licensing that allows you to use a cell phone, a GPS unit, watch TV, listen to the radio, or use WiFi without interference . . .

You didn't pay for all of this. We did. And that's the point. If not for government doing those things, they could not be done.

Pretty simple.

Yes. It is.

Even for you.

Yes. It is very simple for me. Apparently not for you.

You built it because I paid you to build it.

You didn't pay me anything, hotshot. We all paid. That's what government is. And I doubt if you paid even a fraction of what many on this board have paid.

Quiet down.

Please.
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