"Republicans, in other words, have traded governing for story-telling where the translation of our political disputes into fairy tales is now ubiquitous on the right. This is evident in the most recent make-believe controversy over President Obama and Elizabeth Warren's "didn't build them" remarks.
Mitt Romney has organized 24 "We Did Build This" campaign events in battleground states featuring local business owners telling their stories about creating and running businesses -- despite the government standing in the way of growth.
It's all wonderful theater. But as Think Progress reports, the entire premise of Romney's road show is false. In nearly every instance, Think Progress was able to document how the businesses singled out by Romney did not make it on their own but were given a helping hand from government in the form of a grant, subsidy or contract -- sometimes a massive one.
There was Ball Office Products, which was featured at a Romney event in Richmond, Virginia. It got a $635,000 loan through the Small Business Administration in 2012 and later a $52,525 contract with the General Services Administration.
There was Midwest Tapes of Holland, Ohio that received stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. There was Cranston Material Handling Equipment Corporation that got $61,729 in contracts with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. There was Home Instead Senior Care of Roanoke, Virginia that receives 75% of its funding from Medicare and Medicaid. And on and on it goes."
Conspiracy theories are so much easier to spread than the truth. And people are so eager to believe them. We are all so fucking stupid, we probably deserve the fate our business overlords have in mind for us.