Barack Obama, in a statement to an audience in Roanoke, Virginia, gave one of the all-time classic statements of collectivist denial of individual achievement. He said: “If youâ€™ve got a business — you didnâ€™t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
An English professor I know was moved to quote William Butler Yeats in response to the president.
Come let us mock at the great
That had such burdens on the mind
And toiled so hard and late
To leave some monument behind,
Nor thought of the levelling wind.