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?