Hillary Clinton Rolls Out Her Version of 'You Didn't Build That'

Susan Jones | August 18, 2016 | 10:54am EDT
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a cell phone photo with audience members after speaking at campaign event at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) - "Donald Trump doesn't need a tax cut. I don't need a tax cut," Democrat Hillary Clinton told a campaign gathering in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday.

"It's time for the wealthiest Americans, whoever you are, as well as corporations and Wall Street to pay your fair share in taxes. You have been successful in this country because of everything this country represents," she said.

Clinton's suggestion that people owe their success to someone other than themselves is not original.

President Obama said something similar four years ago, during his re-election campaign: "If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen," Obama told a group in Roanoke, Virginia in July 2012.

Obama said successful people got help along the way, maybe from a teacher, or from the "American system," with its road, bridges and inventions such as the Internet.

Obama's line of thinking originated with Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

When she was running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in September 2011, Warren told her supporters, "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.

"You built a factory out there -- good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. Your hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.  You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.

"You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

"Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

Clinton on Wednesday said she would end tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs; reward those who "invest in their employees"; and "slap an exit tax" on corporations that move their headquarters overseas.

"The super-wealthy, corporations, Wall Street, they're going to have to invest in education, in skills training, in infrastructure, because we have to grow this economy. We do need to have the resources to do that," Clinton said.

"And I've laid out what I want to do and how I would do it; closing the loopholes, creating a fairer tax system. But I've made very clear, I'm the only candidate who ran in either of the Democratic or the Republican primary who said from the very beginning, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. The middle class has to catch up to they were before the great recession."

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