Coupla things, in addition to Zip's observation.
- Who PAID for those roads and bridges?
- Who continues to pay for their maintenance?
- It's the wages, legacy costs and perks of the workers of built those roads and bridges that are busting the economy, making it impossible for the TAXPAYER/ROADS & BRIDGES FUNDERS to do business the way it has been done in the past.
- If you look at the world the way Obama does, everybody owes everybody else! Even if you pay someone to perform a task, do you owe them for the rest of your life? Come on!
- If indeed we have to credit the union workers who built the roads and bridges, then I want my money back so I can contract with a private builder because they take so long to fix and deteriorate so quickly. Some of us suspect it's intentional to make sure union workers always have work, like the post office's insistence that package scales not be used by the customer but rather a task performed by a postal worker.
A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." He justified elevating bureaucrats over entrepreneurs by referring to bridges and roads, adding: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet."
It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens—and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way.(UPDATE: ArsTechnica disagrees. )
Obama defenders can squeal all they want about his being understood. In fact, he was quite clear.
We all got it. That's his problem.