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If You Build It

Leave it to an academic to find intellectual underpinnings in the president’s dismissal of businessmen everywhere—those who start small businesses as well as those who preside over large ones.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” President Obama [1] said at the Roanoke fire station in Virginia on July 13, 2012. “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.”

“Even earlier, John Dewey explained—for what should have been for all time—the connectedness that Obama was trying to illustrate and that Romney was attempting to ignore,” Aaron Barlow [2] wrote on the academe blog of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Barlow has taught at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

While we’re making connections, perhaps Dr. Barlow can explain:

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia [4].

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