President Obama recently said that nobody gets rich without good teachers and good infrastructure, so rich people shouldn’t grumble about his plan to raise taxes. His comment to business owners that “you didn’t build that” drew particular ire — though the president’s defenders insist he was talking about infrastructure, not businesses themselves. Obama is right that about the broad point: The government does lots of valuable things, and people should be willing to pay for them. Where he goes wrong is in limiting that admonition to business owners and people with high incomes.
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