Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Lemonade Stand

After President Obama's not very elegant defense of government as the provider of the infrastructure space in which private business can flourish, Fox and Friends brought on a couple of young girls to explain how they hadn't needed government help in setting up their lemonade stand.

It's a pity that one of the networks that have some regard for intellectual honesty didn't have the initiative to invite them on afterwards to ask:

1. How do their customers reach them?  (On the street and sidewalk provided by their city government, presumably.)

2. How did they learn to read directions for making the lemonade, learn to write their billboard, learn to calculate how much to charge, and how to give change? (From their teachers, again we would presume.)

Which was the point President Obama was making when he said:

"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 internet."


  1. Has anyone noticed the amount of airplay CNN has given to the GOP, its heroes and surrogates? After 20 Republican primary debates, a week of round the clock convention coverage, documentaries on Romney, Bush 41, Reagan... perhaps with the Democrat party in North Carolina the "news network" will become a bit more fair and balanced

    1. If you watch the major network Sunday talk shows, you'll see they tilt Republican.