Obama was out on a campaign swing (when isn’t he?) in Roanoke, Virginia and made this statement.

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — 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.” — Washington Times.

What an astounding, arrogant, idiotic statement!

In my circle of friends and acquaintances are people who are self-employed insurance agents, realtors, plumbers, A/C servicemen, electricians, lawn-care entrepreneurs, carpenters and fix-it handymen. None of them will claim to be “smart.”  All of them, however will admit to working long and hard hours to be successful. Some of these people are sole-proprietors, some own and manage a family business, some bought a franchise and are make it successful and growing.

Many were successful through their own efforts. Others enlisted family members. Some hired people.  The one common denominator was a single individual with a dream.

Obama is incapable of understanding this. If he could, he’d refuse to admit it. It would refute every statement, every act he has made, every philosophy he follows. It would prove Obama to be a fraud.

I’m not the only one who is commenting about this. I found the column below in my inbox this morning.

Obama Tells Entrepreneurs “You Didn’t Build” Your Business

That sound you hear is silence—as millions of small business owners and entrepreneurs were left speechless this weekend from President Obama’s latest insult.

The slap in the face to hard-working Americans conveyed Obama’s belief that it takes a village—a heavily subsidized village—to create that venture you’re profiting from:

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.

Obama pushed his policy goals of infrastructure (aka stimulus) spending and “government research” as part of a collectivist utopia “doing things together.” It’s simply stunning that he would tell Americans, “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that.”

After all, could individuals be resourceful and hard-working enough to create whole new enterprises? Obama said:

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.

It is this view of successful businesses—essentially, “You owe us”—that drives Obama’s continued attacks on the country’s job creators in the form of tax hikes and regulations.

It’s a tough time to be a business owner and entrepreneur in America. Surveys show small business owners are struggling, and they are not expanding or hiring because of tax and regulatory uncertainty. Federal agencies, from Health and Human Services to the Environmental Protection Agency, are regulating them to death. And just last week, President Obama announced his latest economic plan was to hit job creators with a tax increase.

The President’s plan to raise taxes on earnings above $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers) would hit 1.2 million small-business employers who pay their taxes through the individual income tax, known as flow-through businesses. These businesses that are creating jobs earn almost all—91 percent—of the income earned by flow-through employer-businesses.

The fact is that Obama is determined to ruin the small business owner and entrepreneur. Their existence refutes Obama’s collectivist goals. Obama preaches that success can only come from government. That individual effort is somehow…cheating and must be punished.

We can see how he intends to enact that punishment through his actions—more and more taxes.

The new tax increase could be equivalent to one employee per small business. According to calculations by The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, the average American with $250,000 or more in income can expect an average $24,888 tax increase next year under Obama’s proposed policies. That $24,888 figure is often enough for a salary. So the President could be putting about 1.2 million jobs—perhaps even more—at risk with this tax hike.

Hitting private job creators while advocating more stimulus spending and government jobs. That’s the President’s plan for the economy.

Meanwhile, businesses large and small suffer from the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This has long made the U.S. an uncompetitive place for new investment and has driven new jobs to other, more competitive nations, meaning fewer jobs and lower wages for all Americans.

If the U.S. is to see economic recovery, we must encourage entrepreneurship. Stopping the biggest tax increase in American history, Taxmageddon, would be a good place to start. It’s a $494 billion tax hike set to hit on January 1, when a number of tax policies expire and just a few of Obamacare’s new taxes kick in. Businesses are already hesitating on hiring decisions because of the impending effects of these taxes. — The Morning Bell.

I was asked recently to vote for a friend who’s running for office as a democrat. I told him, “No.” I explained that as much as I valued him as a friend, I could not, by voting for him, endorse a political party whose policies and philosophies I detest.  The actions of the democrats in Washington, and locally for that matter, proves my statement.

Democratic leaders are demanding tax hikes, however, and threatening to allow Taxmageddon for the sake of politics—despite warnings that it would send the U.S. back into recession. — The Morning Bell.

We must always remember who we are. We must always remember who the democrats are, too. Especially those who masquerade as conservatives…but aren’t.