Ed Morrissey had a certain point to make to Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama, who of course are currently feeling the need to lecture to small business owners that people paid for infrastructure (so shut up):
Er, well, so did those small business owners. In fact, because they generate more tax revenue directly to the locality, small business owners actually have more claim to have “built that” than others. Both Warren and Obama seem stubbornly ignorant of the fact of the origin of the capital that got confiscated to build that infrastructure. Without people willing to take risks to create and expand markets, there would be no capital to confiscate in the first place. Every road and bridge that Obama and Warren use as an example got built because people took risks, created and expanded markets and employment, and generated the wealth that funded those projects.
I think that the major disconnect here is that people like Obama and Warren think that money is something that the State creates, and that must be fairly distributed to the populace in an equitable manner; while the populace still quaintly thinks that money represents their own industry and skill, and that it must only be given to the State when necessary, and with restrictions attached.
Annnnd that’s pretty much it, really.