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Rep. Grimm Calls President's Remarks Disgraceful and Insulting


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech yesterday in which he said, "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.":

"It is insulting and arguably one of the most outlandish things I have ever heard a President of the United States say. Every immigrant and entrepreneur who has ever built a business should be outraged and insulted, as clearly this is evidence that the President is out of touch with reality. His ideology couldn't be further from the values shared by the hard-working Americans who are the true backbone of our country.

"So many immigrants came to this country without a penny in their pockets and it was their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that has created jobs and built a strong U.S. economy. Entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses are the bedrock of this nation -- whether it's a local family-run restaurant or a startup that becomes a multi-billion dollar company, each is crucial and successful in its own right. I have news for this President: Hard work does pay off, as the people of New York have demonstrated time and time again.

"The President's remarks also provide further evidence of his plan to divide our country: workers against bosses, the haves and the have-nots, the 1% vs. the 99%. This is the type of class warfare rhetoric that will, without a doubt, unravel the greatness and unity of our country. When workers are led to believe that they should hold bosses in contempt instead of working harder to someday rise through the ranks and become one, it is a sad day in America.

"This President has already created an economy in which it's more difficult to live the American Dream, but yesterday's speech made it clear that he plans to kill that dream entirely."

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