Rep. Black: Obama shows he's 'clueless' on job creation with 'you didn't build that' remark

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"If the president gets his way, instead of small businesses creating more paychecks for more workers, they will be paying more taxes to the federal government."


Wednesday was the first chance for House Republicans to engage in long-form criticism of Obama's remarks, which he made during a weekend campaign event in Virginia. Obama told the crowd, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Black said that remark explains why Obama is willing to allow taxes on some small business owners to increase, which would happen under Obama's plan to only maintain Bush-era tax levels for people making less than $250,000.

"America's in the midst of a jobs crisis unlike anything this country has seen since the Great Depression, and the president's most recent answer to this crisis: a tax hike on small businesses, to feed Democrats' insatiable appetite for more wasteful, ever-expanding government spending," she said.

In the early afternoon, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) called Obama's comments "asinine," and said that his family helped him build his business, not the government.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) also blasted Obama in the morning, and said the statements indicate that Obama seems to want government to get the credit for small business creation.

"So the president is inferring, I suspect, that the government should get the credit for the success of entrepreneurs," Poe said on the floor. "He is wrong. People are the reason for America's success, not the government.

"Those believers in big government say that Americans can only be successful if government controls their lives," Poe added. "Government isn't the answer, government's the problem."

Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) agreed with Black that Obama's remarks seem to show why he's willing to raise taxes on companies.

"Perhaps that's why he's so determined to raise taxes on small businesses on January 1," Herger said.

Senate Democrats are expected to try moving a bill that would fit Obama's plan, while House Republicans will pursue legislation that would extend all current tax levels for another year, regardless of income level.

— This story was updated at 12:19 p.m.