The Real Obama Liberal Legacy: ‘You Didn’t Build That.’

The Real Obama Liberal Legacy is a periodic series to highlight the results of liberal progressivism put into practice by Rep. Paul Ryan. 

The delusion: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” President Barack Obama, July 13, 2012

The reality: Hardworking Americans who devote their time, money, and creativity to starting businesses are responsible for their success—notthe government.

Individual achievement is just that—individual: Americans are known for their ingenuity and the drive it takes to turn ideas into action. That’s why, when a business hits the ground running—employing workers and expanding opportunity—we should celebrate the entrepreneurs and creative minds who made it happen.

That’s the problem with big-government Democrats: We’re of the camp that hardworking Americans deserve the credit. If you break out of D.C. and into our communities, you’ll find the smaller role the government plays, the more opportunity exists—just look at California. Because of the Golden State’s overbearing taxes and regulations, more and more small companies are fleeing to more business-friendly states like Texas—a state that offers a more hospitable environment with fewer regulations.

Success looks good on you: Our economy soars when the people are in control. Extreme regulations only stifle innovation and infringe on liberty—and House Republicans want to reduce regulations and give American entrepreneurs the freedom they need to succeed. By regulating smarter, we can cut down the unnecessary while making what we do need more efficient and effective—so small businesses that shoulder a disproportionate share of the federal regulatory burden can regain productivity and growth. Why? Well . . .

Because you did built that: There are over 28 million small businesses in the United States—accounting for 54 percent of sales and 55 percent of all jobs. Here’s an even bigger number: The latest numbers show that small businesses are responsible for creating 63 percent of new jobs in America. You see? Businesses are built by hardworking Americans every year. They’re the backbone of our economy, and their contributions should not be denigrated—they should be celebrated.