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Another Anti-Obama Sign Goes Up in Milford

"It's less political, more philosophical," says Spectrum President Richard Meisenheimer of the banner.

 

The banner outside Spectrum Associates' New Haven Avenue location reads: "Mr. President Dan Meisenheimer built this business WITHOUT GOVERNMENT HELP."

Speaking with Milford Patch, Richard Meisenheimer confirmed that the sign, which went up last week, is a response to Barack Obama's comment on July 13th: "Somebody invested in roads and bridges--if you've got a business, that-you didn't build that." See attached video for full clip of Obama's statement.

Defenders of Obama's comment, such as New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, believe that the statement was taken out of context. Mr. Meisenheimer disagrees with this assessment, saying that Obama's message was "very clear."

Richard Meisenheimer's father, Dan Meisenheimer, established Spectrum Associates in 1957. The Milford company, which has locations at 183 Plains Road and 440 New Haven Avenue, manufactures parts for the aerospace industry. 

"I know what my Dad went through (to build up his business)", Richard Meisenheimer said. "I've lived it."

A few week ago, friction was created in Milford by a billboard reading 'Obama = the Entry Drug to Socialism.'  

As of the August 14th Primary, there are 8,841 Democrats and 6,889 Republicans registered in Milford.

Concerned Parent October 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
@Ed P. I'll simply agree to disagree with you and leave it at that...
Michael Brown October 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Never liked Phil Donahue. I'm surprised that you do. As for Milton Friedman - he was an economist - you know, like Karl Marx. Both were misrepresented by politicians and despots.
MCF October 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
@LAM, I agree, the back and forth blame game is a problem. Our current political climate is very harsh. Not too much will get done without both sides working together. Regarless of who wins, without a middle ground there will only be battle grounds.
MCF October 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Ed P, I've been fairly politically aware for nearly 20 years now and I don't remember a more contentious time as the last 4 elections. So with that memory I'll stay with coming together is better, idealistic as that may be the fact is cooperation makes things happen. The cylinders in a combustion engine if fighting each other would cause the engine to seize or fail in a significant way. Rowing a canoe cannot be done with one side winning, you only go in a circle, one wing on a plane makes it crash in a fantastic spiral... so I think it's a fact that iit is more productive and inline with how life works to cooperate in situation of diversity. Just because the political machine operates as it does, I would say judging by the condition of our country, that "decimating" the other side hasn't been working. So it may be a fact in practice but it is not a fact of logical progression. So until we stop being neanderthals and act more in line with common sense and practical wisdom we will continue to fight, spit and sputter all the way to failure. That's not a story, or an opinion, it's simply the way successful things work..
MCF October 06, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Ed P it was a pleasure chatting with you, we don't see eye to eye so we can just agree to disagree. Hope all works out well for you and you find employement soon.

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