Epic Fail

Obvious Creations of the Private Sector

If you're going to continue campaigning against the idea that the president thinks private business deserves no credit for their own success by deceptively editing his words, you probably shouldn't cite counter examples that depend almost entirely on contracts from the government for their business.

In Tampa, the campaign spotlighted Rebecca Smith, owner of the construction company A.D. Morgan Corp., and Lou Ramos, owner of Value Enterprise Solutions, an information technology company. [...]

The A.D. Morgan Corporation employs 50 people and has annual revenues of about $80 million, according to its website. The company lists more than 130 projects and developments. Impressive, no doubt. But the list is nearly all government projects. (One of the few not to be: the Poynter Institute for Media Studies). From the Sumter County jail expansion, Woodlawn Elementary School, the library at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, interior sign at James Haley Veterans Hospital, the Plant City Courthouse, a Florida Department of Transportation weigh station, the projects that have made A.D. Morgan the success it is have been government, big and small, state and local. [...]

As for Ramos, his company's Facebook page describes Value Enterprise Solutions as "providing value added service/education to businesses, local government, federal government, Department of Defense, and industry contract organizations."

County jails, elementary schools, university libraries, veterans hospitals, the city courthouse, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense.

You know, obvious creations of the private sector.

This supports my thesis that most Americans have no idea that they're neck deep in socialism every single day. As if paying taxes is some sort of abstraction that results in nothing.

  • D_C_Wilson

    Hey, remember in 2000 when republicans were touting the fact that Dick Cheney got rich with “no help from the government”?

    You know, by being CEO of a company that specializes in government contracts.

  • i_a_c

    The details just don’t matter to Money’s campaign. It’s the attack line that matters. Money wants to paint Obama as someone who’s anti-business, holding the economy back. We can talk about the minutiae but it’s the message that will permeate the electorate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LeShan-Jones/100000478051440 LeShan Jones

    You have to keep in mind, the right mostly dont care. They are in a war against reality and really think they can win.
    Over on the blog Addicting Info, I’ve found myself debating a Randian Tenther named Riley Secrist. At one point he suggested that as greed was a part of being human you need to make greed work for you. In another thread in reply to someone pointing out that police, fire dept and roads were socialist, he said this;

    “See, I don’t call that Socialism. At least not everything you do. The Constitution, through a democratic Republic, makes all these things possible. Calling it socialism (fire, police, child laws, safety, wages) is co-opting what was already there.

    The 10th amendment makes all these things possible in the framework of the state government. While we can disagree on what we need as a country in those realms, it is, under the Constitution a moot point.

    The states, if they were not monetarily run by the Fed, would be able to adjust these things individually, allowing CA to be the progressive dream it wants to be without the rest of the nation having to be submitted to a collective hell.”

    He’s certain that any socialism HAS to lead to Communism because thats what Carl Marx wants or something.

    Another guy said; “Socialism is anytime the government interferes with the free market. Establishment of civil safety departments does not count as interfering with the free market.”

    So no matter what you say, they will ignore you in favor of the voices in their heads.

  • Ned F

    Annual revenues of 80 million. Another “small business” suffering under the thumb of the Obama regime. Fifty employees soon to become 49 to keep from qualifying for having to cover them under the ACA if they don’t already.
    It seems their entire business relies on servicing a customer base that is subject to austerity cuts. I’d be praying for an Obama win if it was my company.

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      Exactly! How effin stupid do you have to be to vote against the very thing that pays you. Rational thought can’t have anything to do with it.

  • trgahan

    What gets me is that a) no one checked for these obvious contradictions prior to releasing the ads and b) the highlighted CEO’s/Owners didn’t see the contradiction either.

    The business version of “Get your government hands off my medicare!”

    • D_C_Wilson

      They don’t give a rat’s ass about facts. It’s all about marketing to them.