Quote of the day

Stephanie Davies, who was in the Aurora movie theater and whose friend was shot:

“It’s sad for me to know that people go through so much in their life,” said Young, “that they would want to hurt, to massacre people. I feel so sorry for him, I feel so sorry.”

I would love to meet that young woman’s parents, because they did a wonderful job of raising a compassionate human being.

Bootstraps

Well, yeah, but other than that, he did it all on his own:

The up-by-his-bootstraps businessman who stars in an ad for Republican hopeful Mitt Romney seems to have built his business through government-sponsored loans, putting a dent in the campaign’s attack on President Barack Obama’s saying to business owners, “you didn’t get there on your own.”


“My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company?” New Hampshire businessman Jack Gilchrist, president of Gilchrist Metal, asks in the ad that’s been making waves since last week.


Reporting by The New Hampshire Union Leader disputed this claim by looking into Gilchrist’s history, revealing that he took over $1 million in government loans since the 1980s, including $800,000 in tax-exempt bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to build a new manufacturing plant and buy equipment. Gilchrist also admitted to the paper that he took a U.S. Small Business Administration loan of “somewhere south of” $500,000 in the 1980s, and said that to this day about 10 percent of his business comes from defense-related projects.

He’s saying he just got his “own money” back, yet I’m guessing he borrowed a lot more than he paid.

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