In an apparent defense of President Obama’s gaffe this summer where he told business owners “you didn’t build that,” MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry hosted a panel of small business owners on Sunday to discuss the highly controversial comment.
Perry called the notion that businesses are built by individual initiative “a myth,” noting a broad liberal talking point about how one’s success is “supplemented” by “taxpayers who pay for schools, roads, laws and institutions that make business possible.” Perry went on to say entrepreneurs who get upset with the government just “may not understand” how important the government is for their success.
Perry then asked her panel of small business owners a rhetorical question: “self-made myth or built together” which one are you?
The first panelist to speak was Karen Tappin of Karen’s Body Beautiful. Tappin said “of course” you need other people to build your business “that’s insane to think you did it all by yourself with all the thoughts in your head.” Tappin went on to say “there is no way I could build the business I have by myself” mentioning her husband was her business partner:
President Obama said in a campaign stop on July 13th:
“Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
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