Obama would agree with you that those things are returns on taxpayer dollars. His argument is that he thinks those returns play a more important role in American prosperity and quality of life than Romney does.
Secondly, His saying this thing is what? A revelation? A new concept? A benediction? Private business has benefitted from the normal non-intrusive relationship it has with it's own society since before this current awful crop of politicians was born. What new concept is being introduced that 'the relationship can be one that benefits business'??
This argument suggests that there was a systemic problem that needs fixing and this new fangled concept, which for sure isn't socialism, will fix.
The initial article is his speech concerning the nations deficit and his view on how it can be trimmed. This country's economic downslide is not a product of lack of oversight on business, it's a product of lack of oversight on government. What he's suggesting, really is a bail-out. "We've taken copious amounts of tax dollars and squandered them, now you, Mr. Business have to bail us out".
He can trim the deficit a lot quicker than simply sacking his own country's workers; he can defund a lot of the foreign horse shit and domestic garbage. And before we start lamenting 'medicare and welfare and whatever' we can start with 'media for African American studies'. Funding to watch apes have sex and the God knows how many absolutely ridiculous projects being funded with our money for specious reasons.
As well as stop funding failure industries like electric cars and solar panels. Let the free market test those waters and succeed and fail on their own merits, not my dollar.
if this is all he's saying i'm back to DUH! but it more and more like you cant succeed without government intervention.
sorry but i think i have the argument right. since day 1 obama has been finding ways to lay claim to my money. until they can learn how to spend it wisely, i see no need to give them a raise for poor performance.
president obama: "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."
iceberg: no your honor, it wasn't hard at all to tell when the drugs kicked in....
As for the pensions, they sorta pulled a SS trick there too. Public-sector unions (which never should be allowed to be) sit down with politicians and negotiate how much of everybody else's money they're going to spend. Everybody else who *must* cough it up or go to prison and have their assets seized. Much different than private unions, in which management is negotiating away the company's money ... who cannot pull out a gun and force customers to pay under penalty of imprisonment and asset forfeiture. For the trick, they pissed away the taxpayer money that was supposed to fund those pensions. They'll make up the difference ... later. In the meantime, they can't put IOUs in there (at the state/local level at least), but they can ... drumroll please ... "project!" Project rediculous returns on the money already in there... "hey, if we just assume a 15% annualized return, we don't have to fund this thing ever! Let's go shopping!". As you can imagine, their "projections" came in a bit ... short. As did their "projected" tax revenue.
“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality"