Jeff Carter points out that the argument made by President Obama in Roanoke, Virginia has been made before: Chapter 9, Page 1.
He didnâ€™t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?â€
â€œRearden. He didnâ€™t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldnâ€™t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think itâ€™s his? Why does he think itâ€™s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.â€
She said, puzzled, â€œBut the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didnâ€™t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?â€