So, Mitt Romney came out with a very good ad last week, taking Barack Obama's "You didn't build that" comment (note: no, it's not taken out of context. It is those who are claiming that it's taken out of context who are taking it out of context) and simply blowing it out of the water. Here, watch.
Surprising precisely no one, it took the MFM almost no time to submit the subject of the commercial to more scrutiny than Barack Obama has received (in total) since 2007. And they found the smoking gun. Or not.
You see, the claim is that the owner didn't actually build the business himself because (gasp) he applied for and received government loans and has government contracts! Hypocrisy!!!11!!Eleventy!
One problem- there's nothing hypocritical about it. He never said he didn't take government money, watch the ad again. It's about hard-work, which he did, and the risk, which he assumed. So let's break this down.
According to this report, he received "tax-exempt revenue bonds" in 1999 from the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority. He also received a Small Business Administration federal loan in the 1980s. Hypocrisy? No. Those are loans. Had he not paid them, he would have lost his business to repay them. These weren't some grants that never had to be repaid, they were loans just like any other. He happens to be in metal-work, which happens to have lots of National Defense implications. And those bonds were state, not Federal funds.
Well, what about those government contracts? Well, those apparently come out to a whopping $88,600 among three contracts: two with the Navy, and one with the Coast Guard. Wow. Color me stunned. He had the Government as a customer, and he got paid for it. Obviously he's a crypto-Marxist.
This is stupid. What's next, A full 20/20 or 60 Minutes investigation? Will they comb through his tax records to see if, just maybe, he's donated to political campaigns before? Will they find out that *gasp* he might be a Republican?
This is Joe the Plumber all over again. Rather than address the real issue- that Barack Obama made a full on Marxist Comment (and if they want context, I recommend they start looking where he said that if you're successful you didn't get there on your own, and that your success is not due to your own intelligence and hard work), they try to turn the issue into who was in the ad. This is sick and reprehensible. They can't defend their Boyfriend in Chief, so instead they attack the messenger.
I just hope people are smart enough to see through it.