A grammar geek has to love it when 'syntax' makes headlines.
It's been called the fundamental issue of this year's presidential election: What role should government play in people's lives? The Democrats paint the two worldviews as "We're all in this together" versus "You're on your own." The Republicans see the man in the White House as a socialist whose reflexive response to any problem is to propose a new federal government program.
Ears attuned to the Political Sound Bite Warning Network pricked up at a comment President Obama made July 13:
"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. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business – you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."