“You Didn’t Build That” And “Romney Hood”

This story was interesting.  Obama famously said “You didn’t build that!”, which was widely criticized.  Obama meant “Small business owners benefit from State infrastructure.  Therefore, they shouldn’t complain about high taxes.”

Obama also invented the phrase “Romney Hood”.  He said that Romney’s policies would steal from the poor and give to the rich.

“You didn’t build that!” is the standard pro-State troll argument for “Taxation is not theft!”  You “benefit” from State services.  Therefore, you are property of the State and owe more than half your life to taxes.

According to parasite logic, the small business owner is a parasite leeching off State services.  The politicians are the heroes.  It’s inverted values.  Most successful small businesses have to provide useful products.  They have to provide value to keep their customers *AND* pay for the costs of the huge State extortion racket.

Almost all government spending is waste and pork and theft.  The “beneficial” aspects of government are a tiny percentage of total spending.  Police are a tiny fraction of the government’s budget.  More police effort is spent on victimless “statutory” non-crime than on real crimes.  Government builds and repairs roads.  Even for that, a lot of the spending disappears as pork and waste.

I did go to a State public school.  That was paid for via the taxes my parents paid at the time.  Just because I went to a State school, doesn’t mean that State parasites have an unlimited claim on my life and my labor.

Right now, the State has a monopoly for police and roadbuilding.  I am forced at gunpoint to pay for these things.  Then, politicians claim this “benefit” justifies forcing me to pay for all the other evil things they do.

“Romney Hood” is another misconception.  A pro-State troll says “Taxes take from the rich and redistribute to the poor.”  In practice, insiders use taxes to steal from everyone from their own benefit.

The State is an excellent example of a reverse Robin Hood, stealing from the poor and giving to the rich.

The actual tax rate is irrelevant.  The super-wealthy are negative taxpayers.  If you use the State to steal $1B, does it make a difference if you pay a tax of 50% or 75% or 25% or 0% on the money you stole?

“Negative taxpayers” is an important concept.  True insiders steal more via the State, than the amount of taxes they pay.  Their actual tax rate is irrelevant.

Progressive tax rates hurt successful small business owners the most.  They don’t get to use fancy trusts and tricks to avoid taxes.  They don’t get the perk of lobbying and stealing via the State, like true insiders.

Voting is a fake choice.  Both Romney and Obama are criminals.  Neither of them worked an honest day of work in their life.  Obama is a lawyer and a politician.  Romney is a bankster and a politician.

“You didn’t build that!” shows that Obama thinks like a true Statist.  It’s a standard pro-State troll argument for “Taxation is not theft!”  “Romney Hood” also is an important misconception.  To insiders, tax rates are irrelevant, because they’re negative taxpayers.  Government is one big reverse Robin Hood, stealing from the poor and giving to the rich.

2 Responses to “You Didn’t Build That” And “Romney Hood”

  1. If you’re a successful bureaucrat, 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 lied better than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of lying politicians out there.

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was an innovative entrepreneur somewhere whose tax payments funded your position. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody’s money was taken at the threat of imprisonment and handed over to you and your cronies to pay for roads and bridges, regardless of whether they agreed to if, how, where, by whom, and at what price.

    If you’ve got a high ranking position and a pretty office with a federal, state, or city flag in it — you didn’t build that. Some homeowner’s property tax, some businessman’s corporate/payroll tax, or some wage earner’s income tax money was used to fund it, somebody else made that happen.

    The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Businesses and voluntary open source communities made the Internet useful, only to have bureaucrats utilize those services to enhance the efficiency of their spying, looting and propaganda, and to support the entire edifice of an ever more growing, bloated, and intrusive police state.

    The point is, is that when we bureaucrats succeed, we succeed on the backs of hard working individuals, entrepreneurs, and future generations who weren’t even given the illusion of a choice in this matter.


  2. Anonymous Coward August 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    In the United Kingdom, the National Health System is being slowly privatized.

    Only 20% of the UK population voted for David Cam-Moron for Prime Minister (36% of votes and only 60% voted). Cam-Moron promised to keep NHS spending the same.

    However private companies will now get taxpayers’ money to provide NHS services. How much of this will go into private profit? It is more privatization.

    If you are a thick, posh, stupid clown you cannot make money by going into real business. You can only make money by having a mate in government giving you a free ride.

    Today you have get a student loan to go to university.

    Why do we pay 60% taxation when health care is going away and there is no longer a free university education?

    Ironically one National Health doctor was refused cancer drugs to treat her cancer! There was a Daily Mail article and I think the decision was reversed.

    From the ages of 11 – 18, school was free for me, but the quality of teaching was poor.

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