The Obama Manifesto

Sounding a lot like Liz Warren a few months back, President Obama is attacking the successful, saying they can't take credit for their own success.

If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen. 

Here's Liz Warren's Marxist moment from the fall.

This is a stupid argument, but that doesn't mean that the highly informed won't fall for it. The point isn't that the successful got all this help, the point is that everyone got the help - the roads and the schools and the police - but some people make something extra special happen. And we all benefit when they do. The socialists have it all backwards.

Look, 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 -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  (Applause.)

     If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  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.

     The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.