A few days ago, President Obama spoke a few phrases which I think help distill down many of the differences between major ideologies America and worldwide. The comments have largely been absent from the non-conservative news media, but I think they're important to at least discuss as they lie at the very foundation of many of our differences. Here are the presidents comments from the original transcript: There are a few components I want to address: A) Some of these comments, on their face, are not disputable or offensive in the least. To say someone didn't achieve everything in their life 'on their own' is an obvious truth. Anyone with a parent, a teacher, a safe and secure place to live, etc. has much thanks to give for their success. This however is a fact that most successful people are well aware of, and many of them give charitably for exactly this reason. Furthermore, if I help someone with their business idea, give them advice, etc. and they later have success I don't feel like I subsequently own part of their business. I have no claim to their property. I gave them assistance of my own volition. B) Chicken vs. Egg: Government builds roads, schools, etc. but government is funded by taxpayers. The taxpayers who give the most are business owners and wealthy individuals, and rest of society earns their living working for these entrepreneurs. It's the very businesses Mr. Obama points to that have made our government and government-spending possible. Trade/commerce/business obviously existed long before the American government, so who should be thanking who? C) To say that "If you've got a business - you didn't build that." is a fairly frightening comment, especially if taken to its logical conclusion. The implication is that government and society has some sort of ownership over our independent private property. Did Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak build Apple, or does the government lay claim to their company? If I helped pay for a road that Apple hauls it's computers on, do I not then own part of their company? D) Growing up in a small town, it was the small businesses, the entrepreneurs, and the large tax payers who kept our town alive. Government served as a middle man directing their tax dollars towards schools, roads, etc. but it was the value they created which made it all possible. It wasn't government that built our small town... it was individuals, people, businessmen. E) The implication here seems to be that everything we do, everything we build, is somehow laid claim to by government. We dont' really own that business, government made it possible so they own a part of it too. I'm not the only hard working person, there are lots of them... I'm just lucky, and therefore I should be required by law or other force to give my money back to those I stole it from. Others worked just as hard and didn't get as much money, so spread the wealth. I'm sure many of you see it differently. Anxious to hear your thoughts. What was first, the chicken or the egg? Does hard work or intelligence morally allow you to lay claim to the fruits of someone else's labor? What's the big-picture here, the long-term ramification if the president's worldview is taken to it's logical conclusion?