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Obama: "If You Got a Business, You Didn't Build It. Somebody Else Made that Happen."

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Location: Clarence, NY

Yesterday, President Obama issued a stunning declaration regarding America's small businesses owners, saying "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." The remarks came during the President's appearance at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia.
A link to the video can be seen here.

"This is the problem when you elect leaders who haven't spent a day in the private sector or created a single job. Typical politicians like Barack Obama and Kathy Hochul don't understand what it takes to create jobs, because they've spent their entire careers on the public payroll. They simply can't comprehend the sacrifice, hardwork and determination it takes to make a small business succeed," said Collins.

"When was the last time Kathy Hochul or Barack Obama skipped a paycheck to make payroll? When was the last time they signed the front of a paycheck, not just the back? When was the last time they went without any pay to ensure that their small business succeeded? The answer is never. And this shows just how out of touch Barack Obama and Kathy Hochul are with our broken economy," said Collins.

President Obama made his remarks at an event in Virginia Saturday afternon, saying:

"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn't -- look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. "

As a small business owner, Collins has spent the last 36 years rescuing failed companies and making them successful. He has created over 500 jobs, and has mentored dozens of other successful small businesses as part of the University at Buffalo's Center For Entrepeneurial Leadership Program.

"Our economy is broken for one simple reason -- the people in office like Barack Obama and Kathy Hochul don't have the first idea on how to fix the economy or create jobs because they only answer they've ever known is more government, more spending and higher taxes. The real world knows better and that's why its time for a change in Washington," said Collins.


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