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SmashMouth 07-24-2012 12:24 PM

Someone else made that happen?
 
Someone else made that happen? Business owners know hard work, long hours lead to success


Long hours and hard work helped Joey Vento build a landmark restaurant in Philadelphia from the ground up, but that work ethic may have also sent him to an early grave.

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That's why Eileen Vento's blood boiled when she heard President Obama declare last week that small business owners like her husband owed others for their success.
“That is ridiculous. My husband had $6 in his pocket when he started.” Vento said to FoxNews.com about Joey Vento, who opened Geno’s Steaks in 1966 in the neighborhood of South Philly.
“He worked hard his whole life to build the place up. We made a lot of money. Unfortunately he didn’t get to enjoy it.”
- Eileen Vento, widow of cheesesteak king Joey Vento
“He worked hard his whole life to build the place up. We made a lot of money. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to enjoy it,” she added.
Vento worked at the shop right up until a heart attack killed him last August at age 71. His widow believes 45 years of toil to build a prosperous life for his family took a toll on him. She bristled at the comment Obama made during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., last Friday when he said business owners owed some of their success to help along the way, noting that government often provides the infrastructure needed for success.
“If you got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” Obama said. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive."
The comments created a backlash among small business owners and others across the country who feel that entrepreneurship is the backbone of the American economy. Vento's sister-in-law said Joey Vento owed his success to his own hard work and the loyal customers he cultivated.
“He went there at 3 or 4 in the morning and stayed until 11 every night. He did it seven days a week,” said Diana Vergagini. “And when he wasn’t there he'd call in at every shift change asking, ‘How did we do? What’s the bread count? What’s the steak count?’”
Vento gained national notoriety in 2006 when he posted a sign at the order window that read, “This is America: When ordering please ‘speak English.’”


Read more: Someone else made that happen? Business owners know hard work, long hours lead to success -- and an early grave | Fox News

Danno 07-24-2012 03:10 PM

Just further proof that the only thing dumber than Obama's statements are the people who defend him.:p

saintfan 07-24-2012 03:39 PM

I ate there 2 and a half years ago. It made me proud. Seriously.

papz 07-24-2012 06:16 PM

Enjoy.

You didn't fark that. Somebody else made that happen. @ TigerDroppings.com

jcp026 07-24-2012 06:46 PM

Hey, guys. This "you didn't make that happen" controversy is B.S. He was saying that businesses didn't build roads, bridges, etc. It got picked up by the Romney campaign, which is understandable, but it was also pick up and selectively edited by a supposed news organization (Fox News). Romney slammed Obama for not giving small business owners credit for their achievements and then made the same argument the president did. Not a real story.

I didn't get a chance to comment at the end of the birther thread. Here it is. Colin Powell, even with the aluminum tube smudge on his resume, would be a great president. John McCain, circa 2000, would have been a great president. Not as much in 2008 or now. He's been subject to the same forces that push most politicians to the political extremes. There was a time when the most conservative democrat was more conservative than the most liberal republican, and vice versa. That's when we worked together.

Halo 07-24-2012 09:08 PM

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Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 420768)
Someone else made that happen? Business owners know hard work, long hours lead to success

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Danno 07-25-2012 08:17 AM

His comments are similar to a Falcon fan claiming the Saints didn't win the 2009 Superbowl because without the NFL, Stadiums, planes for travel, roads for fans to drive to the games on etc..., the Saints wouldn't have been able to win any games.

Therefore the Saints did NOT win the 2009 Superbowl.

In fact, with that illogical truism no one built anything anytime anywhere.

It was a statement targetinging class envy by a weak unqualified President who has nothing left to save his presidency except class warfare and race baiting. Unfortunately there are plenty of fools out there that fall for it.

jcp026 07-25-2012 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Danno (Post 420936)
His comments are similar to a Falcon fan claiming the Saints didn't win the 2009 Superbowl because without the NFL, Stadiums, planes for travel, roads for fans to drive to the games on etc..., the Saints wouldn't have been able to win any games.

Therefore the Saints did NOT win the 2009 Superbowl.

In fact, with that illogical truism no one built anything anytime anywhere.

It was a statement targetinging class envy by a weak unqualified President who has nothing left to save his presidency except class warfare and race baiting. Unfortunately there are plenty of fools out there that fall for it.

Stop it.

Danno 07-25-2012 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by jcp026 (Post 420954)
Stop it.

OK

ScottF 07-25-2012 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcp026 (Post 420841)
Hey, guys. This "you didn't make that happen" controversy is B.S. He was saying that businesses didn't build roads, bridges, etc. It got picked up by the Romney campaign, which is understandable, but it was also pick up and selectively edited by a supposed news organization (Fox News). Romney slammed Obama for not giving small business owners credit for their achievements and then made the same argument the president did. Not a real story.

I didn't get a chance to comment at the end of the birther thread. Here it is. Colin Powell, even with the aluminum tube smudge on his resume, would be a great president. John McCain, circa 2000, would have been a great president. Not as much in 2008 or now. He's been subject to the same forces that push most politicians to the political extremes. There was a time when the most conservative democrat was more conservative than the most liberal republican, and vice versa. That's when we worked together.

Forget it.
This negative ad did exactly what it was supposed to: provide more ammunition for anyone who only wants half of the story. Why be an informed voter when who can just listen to a negative ad that clearly took quotes out of context and make your decision that way?


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