Given the depth of his leftism, President Obama manages to avoid striking many egregiously false notes in his public utterances. But a new Rasmussen poll demonstrates just how false a note Obama struck when he insisted that small businessmen don’t build their businesses.
According to the poll, 72 percent of likely voters believe that people who start small businesses are primarily responsible for their success or failure. Only 13 percent disagree. The latter number presumably corresponds to the percentage of people who believe that money grows on trees.
Respondents also overwhelmingly said that small business owners work harder than other Americans. And most believe that entrepreneurs who start businesses do more to create jobs and economic growth than big businesses or government.
Obama increasingly is framing this election as the clash of two visions. The problem for him is that his vision, honestly articulated, conflicts with the traditional American vision that, though decreasingly robust, still holds sway. Unfortunately for Obama, in a moment of weakness he honestly articulated his vision.