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Romney defends entrepreneurial spirit

Speaking in Irwin, Penn. on Tuesday, Mitt Romney offered a direct response to President Obama’s “if you‚??ve got a business, you didn‚??t build that.”

Speaking in Irwin, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Mitt Romney offered a direct response to President Obama‚??s ‚??if you‚??ve got a business, you didn‚??t build that‚?Ě explanation of collectivist theory:

Romney said Obama‚??s remarks were not just ‚??foolishness,‚?Ě but ‚??insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America.‚?̬† He said he found it ‚??extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a President of the United States.‚?Ě

‚??And by the way,‚?Ě Romney continued, ‚??the President‚??s logic doesn‚??t just extend to the entrepreneurs that start a barber shop or a taxi operation or an oil field service business like this and a gas service business like this. ¬†It also extends to everybody in America that wants to lift themselves up a little further, that goes back to school to get a degree and see if they can get a little better job, to somebody who wants to get some new skills and get a little higher income, to somebody who have may have dropped out that decides to get back in school and go for it. ¬†People who reach to try and lift themselves up. ¬†The President would say, ‚??Well you didn‚??t do that.‚?? You couldn‚??t have gotten to school without the roads that government built for you. ¬†You couldn‚??t have gone to school without teachers. ¬†So you are not responsible for that success.‚?Ě

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.