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Romney To Olympians: ‘You Didn’t Get Here Solely On Your Own’ [View all]

Romney To Olympians: ‘You Didn’t Get Here Solely On Your Own’

By Aviva Shen

Mitt Romney and the conservative blogosphere are pushing a selectively edited Obama campaign speech to suggest that the president believes that the government is responsible for the successes of small businesses.

Obama’s full remarks, which pointed out that taxpayer-funded infrastructure and services enable businesses to prosper, are demonstratively true and represent a sentiment shared by Republican leaders. For instance, Mitt Romney himself made an almost identical point during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, crediting the community for helping individuals achieve the pinnacle of success:

ROMNEY: You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.

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Romney, a hypocrite who lies, and then lies to support his lies.

The Middlesex Truck & Coach backstory

By Steve Benen

Since Tuesday, Mitt Romney and his campaign team have tried to push a simple argument: businesses' success is the result of private-sector dynamism, not government. It's a campaign offensive based entirely on an out-of-context quote from President Obama, which Romney happens to agree with.

But a curious thing happened yesterday when the Republican appeared at a Massachusetts business in order to really drive the point home.

"This is not the result of government," Romney told reporters, referring to Middlesex Truck & Coach after he toured the shop. "This is the result of people who take risk, who have dreams, who build for themselves and for their families."

Company owner Brian Maloney, 69, agreed with Romney's assessment. "I take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses," Maloney said. "I started out with 500 bucks and worked with my hands to afford grad school at night. My wife supported me. Started a little body shop and was able to bring together people, one at a time."

Maloney added, in reference to his business, "The government didn't help -- at all."

But as it turns out, the backstory for Middlesex Truck & Coach is a little more complicated. Maloney later told the local CBS affiliate that he didn't have the capital to get his business off the ground, so he relied on an industrial-revenue bond through the government, giving the small business a low-interest loan that made the shop possible.

In other words, hoping to prove government doesn't help make small businesses possible, Mitt Romney picked a small business that wouldn't exist were it not for government. Perfect.

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