We Built This (Without Your Help)

The Romney campaign held a series of events today “to allow small business owners the chance to respond” to President Obama’s assertion that businesses have benefited from government investment and support.

One of these “We Built This” events was held at Secure Care Products, a manufacturer in Concord. The owner, Harold Baldwin, said “he was pretty upset” by Obama’s suggestion that the government helped him build his business.

For the record, Secure Care is a member of the Granite State District Export Council, an organization that “supports the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts throughout the country.” Just two months ago, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen delivered a speech on the Senate floor relating how the federal export program had helped Secure Care grow.

Secure Care has developed a technology that protects Alzheimer’s patients who may wander or newborns who are still in maternity wards. Grace Preston, the international sales manager for Secure Care, told us that the company has significantly expanded its growth by selling overseas. Grace also told us that Secure Care couldn’t have done that without federal and state export programs working together. In New Hampshire, our state and federal export services work seamlessly, which has helped exports grow our economy. [emphasis added]

The company has also received $521,000 in 146 government contracts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • mevansnh

    located in Nashua also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in government support.  These people must be simple-minded or just plain ignorant if they thought those dollars fell out of the sky.

    • Jack Mitchell

      You Libruls just don’t understand:

      1) Big Gub’mint takes our hard earn money by force, via taxes. They are just returning it to where it belongs. Where it will do the most good.

      2) America! America! God shed his grace on thee

      … the essentially religious dogma from the right that says “God gives wealth and riches to those who work hard, and punishes the lazy. Therefore the wealthy and rich are doing God’s work, and the poor and destitute are being punished by God”.

      Why don’t you hippies get with the team and try being more “American?”

  • hannah

    You know, like a governess. Doling out dollars is what good daddies do. It’s the children’s inheritance; what they’re entitled to. If other children get gifts, then jealousy rears its head and they demand more.
    We’re looking at an infantile population that expects to get coddled and only notices when its demands aren’t met. Economic theory actually supports this mindset.

  • elwood

    Two kids, about 10 years old, with a sidewalk lemonade stand. Obama right there saying, “You didn’t build all this!”

    Now, I love the art of political cartoons. And I know it relies on boiling things down, sometimes losing nuance.

    But sometimes also the cartoonist is just STOOPID.

    This cartoon got away from the artist. The kids were on a sidewalk, built with public money, by a street, built with public money, hoping for customers that the public investment drew.

    If they had any hope of eking out a profit, it came from that.

  • Chaz Proulx

    Boy–talk about leading with your chin. ( Romney pun intended)

  • MartyInNashua

    Here is a nice essay from Firedoglake detailing some of the systemic help that someone opening a lemonade stand would be taking advantage of.

    Also note a reference to the educational system in the comments.

    http://my.firedoglake.com/loky

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