John Stewart RIPS Romney on the "You didn't build that" bullshit
LOVED his first segment... can't wait until that's on-line so I can send it to every idiot republican I know who keeps parroting that idiotic lie that Obama disrespected small businesses.
Anyone else catch it?
It was funny. But I'm sick of the story.
But R1... the GOP is hammering it. Constantly. There are millions of Americans that believe the lie.
We need to expose the lie, and the pattern of lies (this is no different than the Swiftboating, or the Al Gore "invented the internet" bullshit)
Republicans have to lie to win. And stop people from voting. And hide where their money comes from.
They're REAL Americans!
I'm glad Stewart is going after this.
This really is brilliant.
What's sad is how so many Republican Voters are falling for this bullshit, rather than being insulted that their nominee thinks they're so damn stupid.
Have we ever had a candidate base so much of his campaign on such an obvious lie before?
Sorry, forgot about the Swiftboating crap Bush pushed on Kerry (not sure how I'd forget something like that). So I guess it's pretty normal for Republicans.
[quote]the GOP is hammering it. Constantly.
They've actually made campaign materials about it: signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers. And their supporters won't shut about it. At the same time, they whine like babies if we make fun of Mitt's missteps in England. Humorless, hypocritical liars one and all
Just proves that Republicans are stupid, have no ability to comprehend what they read or hear in context, and are completely without any principles.
Sunday morning bump
What link are you asking for, R11?
Jon Stewart is a national treasure—and a very funny man to boot. Same goes for his friend, Stephen Colbert. If either of these guys ran for public office I would definitely vote for them!
Just a reminder of the LIE that the GOP is building their entire convention around.
This must be seen by everyone, and remembered by all.
Too many people are falling for the bullshit lies of the right-wingers...
R8 is correct.
I've seen commercials of the sort several times in Maryland.
I can only imagine the rotation in the swing states.
When it becomes a link, link it to your Facebook and "share" it.
Fox News says that "You didn't build that" will be a BIG part of the GOP convention.
The best part R18 is they are doing this at a convention center built with public dollars.
Sorry, but this sounds like Obama is saying that ALL success comes from government. That's bull.
"OBAMA: [L]ook, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."
Yes, the knowledge and infrastructure to create prosperity was created by others, taking risks and often losing their lives. But anyone who believes that government does anything but impede creation is blind. Bureaucrats don't create anything- they just steal money from people to waste on vanity projects, provide graft to their supporters and spew red tape like sewage.
The irony of R21 's post is that it appears on a computer network created by bureaucrats.
R21, I don't have the whole quote handy but I'm pretty sure that's only part of it.
Government supporters like to suggest that the internet is a government project. They claim that the computer industry owes its existence to the Pentagon. Neither of these claims is true. The internet grew when the Pentagon took its hands off of it. Computers were developed without the Pentagon.
These inventions have military applications and defense departments have always been very interested in them, but the defense departments did not develop them.
Actually the explosive growth of the internet occurred when the net went civilian and grew out of its military background and control. The defense department control was holding it back. Private capital and ideas poured in. It is true that people at subsidized universities and NSF grants also contributed.
If there had been none of the defense involvement, would the internet have occurred? Yes. Can we say that it was pure free market capitalism? No. We cannot say this because the major companies that would have done this anyway all had defense and government links anyway, such as IBM and ATT.
But the internet would have occurred anyway, and the lure of profits for these big companies played a role. In fact, the defense department's ARPANET project (started in 1969) only occurred because of earlier inventions by capitalists.
IBM and ATT had major labs and were vitally interested in computers talking to one another as early as the late 1950s and early 1960s. Bell Labs invented UNIX in 1969; it made the internet possible. IBM invented FORTRAN and hard drives in 1956. Bell transmitted packet data over lines in 1958. Texas Instruments invented integrated circuits in 1958. In 1961 Leonard Kleinrock published a paper on packet switching networks. Bell Labs made the first modem in 1961. The mouse was invented in 1963. Digital Equipment Corporation produced the first minicomputer in 1964. In 1965 time sharing at MIT and mail command started. Intel began in 1968. The year 1966 saw the first use of fiber optics to carry telephone signals.
After the defense department got involved, it was still companies like Honeywell and Bolt Beranek Newman (a tiny company) that made headway on making the internet work.
There were only 500 hosts on ARPANET when it split into military and civilian sections in 1983. Then the explosive growth began.
There is much more history than this. I am sure by now there are entire books on the subject and hundreds more major internet developments of which I am blissfully unaware.
Spoken like a true fraud. And where are the majority of those bureaucrats whom you find so insulting? Government? Hell, no. They are clerks where you shop, they are accountants at the companies that make your products, they are tax lawyers at the banks where you keep your money, they are loan officers and stock brokers and investment bankers and Wall Street traders and hedge fund operaters and used car salesmen and insurance adjusters and real estate hustlers, none of whom have ever produced anything of value in their lives. They are the security guards hired by the rich and corporate. That is where most bureaucracy exists in the world today. It isn't your TOWN which is telling you you can't keep your rv in the driveway, it is the homeowner's association. The town at least lets you drive around on roads they maintain for free, and when you need police and fire, they respond and they don't charge you for it! It is the government which says you must pay 35 cents more for gas today than yesterday. The government taxes oil, and to some extent regulates it, but the price is being manipulated by speculators who have nothing whatever to do with government: and even though the price of oil is now high enough to make shail oil profitable, which essentially expands the world's oil reserves exponentially. So the price should be dropping, not rising. R21 is just a bald-faced liar and idiot and has been nothing else his entire life.
What a surprise! R24 is nothing more than a cut and paste from some batshit crazy libertarian blog.
IBM and ATT's labs were government funded, moron. There would be no internet without government because there was no internet without government. There weren't computers either. Who funded all the early computer research? The government, that's who.
Who created the airline industry? the US Postal Service. For the first thirty years of their existence no airline made money unless it carried mail.
Who built their airports? The government.
What kept Boeing and McDonnell Douglas and Pratt & Whitney and all the other manufacturers in business? Government contracts.
R27 To this day, the government is still subsidies the airlines.
r24 is pathetic. And is there a link to the stewart piece yet???
The inability of R25-29 to see how ignorant and brainwashed they are about how the world works is testament to the effectiveness of public/government schools. They can't even see the gaping flaw in their own "logic".
R31 by posting something and presenting it as your own writing when it clearly wasn't, that makes you a liar. You can't offer anything original, you just parrot back what some one else says. And when you're called out on it, you resort to name calling. So why should we care what you have to say at this point?
R31, you accuse others of what is clearly true of yourself. You're projecting again.
The government created the internet. Period. Fact. Get over it.
Just bumping a previous Stewart rant that is amazingly good, to go with today's fresh rant on the RNC and Romney's speech.
"What kept Boeing and McDonnell Douglas and Pratt & Whitney and all the other manufacturers in business? Government"
Making bombs kept them in business.
The Internet would be like the post office- inefficient, incompetent, and incapable of competition- if the private sector had not taken over.
(rolling eyes at R36)
You're an idiot. You really are.
Name one thing the government has created.
Just as the post at R24 clearly shows, the government may have "created" the Internet but the private sector made it productive.
Government is good at killing and stealing and defrauding people. That's it.
r36 are you aware of Ryan's wife lobbying on behalf of UPS to *prevent* a bill from passing in 1998 that would have made the USPS profitable?
This is similar to how the insurance companies lobbied against Obama's public option, and managed to keep it 'off the table'. Because they don't want to compete with people voluntarily choosing a single payer system.
You're so blinded by ideology and ignorance. It's not good for the country. Get informed.
So, R39, you admit that these powerful people use the power of government to inhibit other people and companies from competing?
Oh, and the insurance companies wrote the ACA to make sure that they could profit from it. That's good government isn't it?
God damn, you're a fucking brainwashed ignorant idiot, R38.
If the government hadn't laid the foundations for the internet, it wouldn't exist.
If the government hadn't built the interstate highway system, it wouldn't exist.
The government cured and vanquished polio, developed nuclear power, and put a man on the moon.
You libertarians/conservatives are so fucking clueless.
R42, your worship at the altar of government makes you the brainwashed idiot.
For every one thing you say the government created (none of which are true when examined) I can name a million created by the private sector.
All of the things you named were built by private contract, funded by government.
In absence of government do you think we would still be living in caves?
No, R43, you're the black and white thinker here. Because I acknowledge that government has a purpose and does do some things really well, does not mean I 'worship at the alter of government'.
Your categorical rejection of government is the problem here. YOUR ignorance, YOUR brain-washed idiocy.
And yes, every thing I cited is true. The fact that you think any of them are not proves your own ignorance...blinded by ideology, rejecting any fact that doesn't fit your precious (and idiotic) ideology.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. That's you.
In the absence of government, you'd have... Somalia, fucktard.
R44, your ignorance of alter vs altar shows how simple minded you are.
Learn some history and economics. And grammar.
When all you've got for an argument is bitching about a typo, you know you've lost.
Learn some history yourself.
[quote] The government cured and vanquished polio, developed nuclear power, and put a man on the moon.
Not only that. They fund most vaccine research. They have also funded almost all cancer research (up until the 1990's) and most medical research in some way or the other through grants.
All medical research goes through the National Institutes of Health (a govt agency). That's why we have the MOST ADVANCED medical system in the world (of course repugs are happy 48 million people who helped fund this can't afford insurance or medical care). The drug companies and other medical companies ALL get grants from the govt. These companies act like they finance all of it. They'll go on and on about how much it costs to bring a drug/device to the market, but they don't mention that the govt (the taxpayers) funded probably half of it. And these companies don't share any of their TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS of dollars of profits with the govt and they don't repay these grants. They take all the profit
The same goes with any research (oil, automobiles, food, electric). It all has to go through some type of govt agency like the EPA, FDA, etc. The govt also provides/offers insurance (Federal Deposit Insurance) to the banks to protect against failure. They do the same with Flood Insurance. All gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals (almost all medical companies), food companies and insurance companies are inspected by state and/or federal govt for fairness and safety.
There is a govt agency to complain to (and seek some type of remedy) for almost any type of problem you have with a private business.
All medical companies only exist because of the government. That's because the government is the LARGEST provider/ payer of medical care in the country by. They cover more people than almost all the private insurance companies combined. They cover Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's Health Care system, Tricare (retired military), Indian Health Service. And of course don't forget Federal, State and local govt employees that receive health care coverage. Medicare funds keep almost every type of hospital in this country open and accounts for half or more than half of their business
Make sure to spread this clip from earlier in the campaign where Romney gets blasted by gay veteran in NH. Clip at link is longer than the one that aired, and the guy says how he's independent, but won't vote for Romney.
People need to be reminded that Romney wants to deny benefits to veterans simply because they're gay.
[quote]So, [R39], you admit that these powerful people use the power of government to inhibit other people and companies from competing?
No, casuist r40, I am saying that corporations pay lobbyists to pressure/cajole/bribe elected officials to serve the interests of corporations instead of the interests of the citizens and the nation as a whole. Corporations have an interest in eliminating competition, which is why UPS made sure to kill postal reform. Jenna Ryan was one of the lobbyists hired to prevent competition. They don't use the power of government, they seek to eliminate it.
This is also the reason why health insurance (which should be called 'sickness gambling') is exempt from anti-monopoly laws, which is NEVER brought up in the corporate media.
Stop being such an ideological tool.
Wow, R48. Love that clip.
There is no way in hell that Romney thought that guy was gay when he sat down to talk with him.
of course not.
"Jenna Ryan was one of the lobbyists hired to prevent competition. They don't use the power of government, they seek to eliminate it."
Good GOD- how stupid do you have to be!
They used a LOBBYIST to lobby THE GOVERNMENT to prevent competition. QEfuckinD they USED THE POWER OF THE GOVERNMENT!
Are you too stupid to see how stupid you are?
Get a life.
Without strong government programs there wouldn't be a USA. Period.
Really can't get enough of this, and still annoyed with how many people I know fell for this "you didn't build that" bullshit.