Barack Obama, July 13th, Roanoke, VA.
"They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, 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 worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something
-- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.
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
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, chapter 9, page 1. (A conversation between Dagny and James Taggart)
James: “He didn't invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”
J: “Rearden. He didn't invent smelting and chemistry and air compression.
He couldn't have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of
other people. His Metal! Why does he think it's his? Why does he think
it's his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody
ever invents anything.”
D: She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore
and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn't anybody
else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”