Small businesses are a vital part of our economy and crucial to our economic recovery. President Obama’s comments denigrating them show that he just doesn’t understand who the real job creators are. How can he help small businesses, like those in Texas, when he doesn’t even recognize their value?
“From El Paso to Texarkana, entrepreneurs and small-business owners across Texas know that they built their success with their own two hands,” said Texas Republican Senate Nominee Ted Cruz. “They also know the damage that bad policy from Washington can do to the economy. From new regulations to higher taxes to Obamacare, the President has placed one obstacle after another in front of Texas job creators. Mitt Romney knows how to turn this economy around, and his plan for a stronger middle class is exactly what we need. Texans - like all Americans—can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”
High fives for Texas entrepreneur Gilbert Cantu. He represents the risk-taking, hard-working, innovative spirit that makes America great:
“My name is Gilbert Cantu. I own Quality Security Products. My family came from Mexico where they started a business together working as a family. I’ve been in business on my own now for five years. We’re a mobile locksmith service that goes out to our customers to fix and repair safes and vaults, and other commercial locksmith applications. The key to success, I believe—as many Latinos believe—is hard work. President Obama said that if I own a business, I didn’t necessarily build it. That was a very insulting remark to make. I built this business.”
“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”
“I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there.”
“It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something.”
“If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
- President Barack Obama, Remarks, Roanoke, VA, 7/13/12
“The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn’t build McDonald’s, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn’t build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it’s wrong.”
- Mitt Romney, Remarks, Irwin, PA, 7/17/12
Who is the true champion of small businesses and the middle class?
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