Obama's incredible small business gaffe just won't go away

Richard Carter | 8/2/2012, 4:47 p.m.
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"Of all of Obama's rhetoric in the White House, his attack on the very notion of creativity has been the most destructive, by far. If he had said this in 2008, he would have been unelectable."

"Beyond the small business community, which suffered a direct insult, Obama has just told each and every American that they cannot expect to succeed without him. I think that comes as a shock to even his most fervent followers."

"According to Obama's philosophy, no one builds anything. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller and the rest of the great entrepreneurs in history are merely leeching off the efforts of others."

"By letting his view slip out, Obama displays a lack of faith in our economic system, diligence and people."

These sentiments express very clearly why Obama's classic gaffe could be what millions of Americans will remember in the voting booth on Nov. 6. Prior to the election, his inexplicable diss of small businesspeople may also become a focal point of the three presidential debates in October.

A concrete result of Obama's small business comments is reflected in a new Gallup poll released July 26. In it, his approval rating among business owners dropped from 59 percent to 35 percent. Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen tracking poll has Romney leading Obama overall by six points--49 percent to 43 percent.

Finally, Obama's intemperate remarks of July 13 were exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. America is a working-class nation whose citizens don't like anyone telling them they didn't make it on their own. That's because most small businesspeople did.

Bottom line: It's clear the land is rife with political unrest among independents--such as this writer--and Republicans. If you're a Democrat, you'd better hope Obama gets his act together or, indeed, he'll be a one-term president. And that's the name of that tune.