‘Obama Against the Self-Made Man’

by Rich Lowry

I write today about President Obama’s “you didn’t do it on your own” riff, borrowed from the redoubtable Elizabeth Warren. At one level, of course, what the president said is simply a banality: All of us rely on others to make us what we are — our families, our communities, etc. At another level, it is profoundly disturbing: It denies pride of place to individual achievement and creativity. Pace Obama, roads and bridges aren’t the key ingredients to business success. All of us drive on the roads; very few of us have the vision and determination to become successful entrepreneurs. Taken to its logical extreme, the Obama point of view is warrant for socializing the rewards of a free economy.