Hey Mitt, Your guy that had “no help” had millions of dollars worth of help

July 23, 2012

In a speech, last week in Virginia, President Obama stated, “If you were successful, you didn’t get there on your own” and added, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.”

Mr. Romney’s campaign took offense.  In response, the Romney campaign released ,  “These Hands”  – an ad showing a “business owner” named Jack Gilchrist, Gilchrist Metal Fabricating, stating that he, not the government, built his business.


No help from the government or anyone else, right Mr. Gilchrist?

As reported by JOHN DiStaso, July 23. 2012 3:32PM, on UnionLeader.com, it appears Mr. Gilchrist may have forgotten that he did, in fact, get help.

Help specifically from the US government:

1) In 1999, the company received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds “to set up a second manufacturing plant and purchase equipment to produce high definition television broadcasting equipment.”

2) In the 1980s , Gilchrist Metal Fabricating obtained a U.S. Small Business Administration loan of around $500,000

3) Gilchrist Metal Fabricating has received several sub-contracts.  Last year, a sub-contract from the U.S. Navy  totaling about $83,000 and a smaller, $5,600 from the Coast Guard

just to name a few………….

Oh, THAT help!

It appears, not only, did Mr. Gilchrist “forget” he received a great deal of help from the government, but also, the Romney staff forgot to check out Gilchrist ‘ statements.

Is this simply a matter of incompetence or just another “they will say anything, they think we are stupid, and when all else fails, blame Obama” moment?

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  • Demscantwin

    When did Mr. Gilchrist or the ad ever mention “no help”? False narrative by the loony left. you guys are intellectual lightweihts and intellectually dishonest.

  • Steve

    Allow me to list out a sequence of transactions:
    1. I pay you $100
    2. You loan me $50
    3. I pay you $100
    4. You loan me $50

    Now let me write this article:

    Your guy that had “no help” had $100 dollars worth of help

    Help specifically from you:
    1. $50 loan
    2. $50 loan

    Just a thought.

  • beckerist1

    I can’t believe this thread just like I can’t believe Obama’s speech! Let me get this out of the way first, I can’t stand Romney and I don’t support him. This has nothing to do with politics.

    As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I can HANDILY say that the government has done SQUAT for my business! I’ve received exactly zero handouts, zero tax breaks, zero grants or interest free loans or initiatives. I’ve paid corporate, income and filing taxes along the way. My net gain from the government is 100% negative.

    My company has designed a product in energy conservation. You’d think the mouth pieces of the movement would be all over that, but sadly, no. With that said, I’m not asking for a handout. I, with the help of a few other VERY intelligent engineers have created a product that in turn drives a service that is already turning heads and gaining steam. To say that we didn’t do this by ourselves though is an insult, and frankly sounds like a subtle nod of subversion to Big Brother. I find the implication that no one takes initiative without the “helping hand of the government” an absolute disgrace to the freedoms this country has provided, and frankly, a horrible step in a dangerous direction.

    I know I’m in the minority reading through these comments, and that saddens me.

    • Matt Ferguson

      The point of Obama’s speech goes beyond tax breaks and subsidies. Do you employ people that were educated in the public school system? Do you use public infrastructure? I think it was poorly worded on his part, but not meant in the vein that you and a lot of others seem to have taken it. If he had said it in a way that fits what he meant, at least my interpretation of what he meant, it’s that we’re all in this together and no business or individual succeeds or fails in a vacuum.

      On an unrelated note, the U.S. govt might look pretty bad as a business owner…until you start comparing it to other govts.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O2ZNOAFNB2JKWHLGJILWIHXN5M Brinkmanship

    Romney is an empty suit. Thank God we have a real President already in office.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_34BYFWWG23RPFRVGYD4KJLSMDM amazingly, not

    Already well-established that Romney does not believe the truth applies to anything said will campaigning. Gotta love the balls on the guy that he will lie about anything to get elected.

    • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

      Mitt is the perfect example of the religious right. Mitt is very religious when it comes to hating gay people or using his faith to dodge the draft. However when it comes to telling the truth all the time or helping poor people his faith is out the window.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001748522048 Jason Kelly

    “I did it all on my own.” That’s the biggest lie any entrepreneur ever said. Let’s see how industrious a nation we become when our economy runs on tax cuts, fucking morons!

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