What we’re talking about on Monday’s show

9:00 Since President Barack Obama spoke the now-infamous words “you didn’t build that,” the phrase has become ubiquitous on the campaign trail. Why has it gained so much traction among conservatives? What is the larger economic significance behind the ‘who-built-it’ debate?

Kerri will talk to Simon Johnson, Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, and

Rachael Larimore, managing editor at Slate.

10:00 Linguist and word guru Anatoly Liberman joins The Daily Circuit to discuss his continuing efforts to reform English spelling. He’ll also answer your questions about words and word origins.

11:00 Eboo Patel, the Interfaith Youth Core founder and president, joins us. He’s inspired by his Muslim faith and Indian heritage to build bridges with people of differing faiths.

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–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • jimmy

    So, you have a writer for the Huffington Post and an editor of Slate.

    That takes care of the Liberal/Democrat/Obama side.

    Who do you have representing the Conservative/Republican/Romney side?

    Or is equality still not necessary at MPR?

    You will never be taken seriously as long as you continue to be a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. You know that, don’t you?

  • P Decker

    I usually find your show very balanced, but I am extremely disappointed and angry about your premise for this show. As a reporter, you surely must know that Obama did NOT say “You didn’t build that” as a separate complete declarative sentence. It was the concluding phrase of a long complicated sentence. It is extremely dishonest to buy into the Republican lie and dishonest representation of this statement. It is typical of the difference between a democratic view which is nuanced and the republican view which is simplistic.

  • Jamie

    I came here specifically to say exactly what P Decker said — except for the part about your show usually being balanced. I have been increasingly disappointed in Kerri Miller’s Republican framing of the issues, and with her “gotcha” questions for Democrats.

    Republicans did something with “you didn’t build that” that they do all the time, and more so in this election season. It is essentially LYING.

  • jimmy

    The “context” doesn’t help Obama. It makes it worse for him. It proves him wrong.

    Every single nickel that went to build roads, build schools, pay teachers, came directly from business. The businesses that people BUILT. Government did NOT build anything. People did. Business people did. Government cannot possibly build anything. Only the money of business can build anything. Study economics. You will come up in the world.

    Obama was trying to steal the sweat off the brow of those who DID build that. And take the credit for government, who did not EARN it.

    Once it becomes established that business owners did not build it, that government did, then it is an easy step for government to take it. After all, government built it, so it is rightfully owned by government. Leftists covet what is not theirs. They want others to sweat and build it, then they come in and use government to steal it. Shameful.

  • jamie

    And I’m guessing that “jimmie” is feeling a little embarrassed right now, given the obviously Republican leanings of the Slate guest (Slate is hardly a liberal publication), and the sort-of neutral other guest.


    Obama wasn’t saying that business owners don’t work hard to get their businesses up and running. In fact he said in that paragraph something about the initiative of the business owner. But his point was just that they couldn’t do it alone. And just because they and their families and friends pay the taxes that allow for government’s role (as the one caller simplistically said), it doesn’t mean that that would be enough. What government does has to be done on a large scale. That caller and his family’s taxes would never be enough to build the infrastructure needed for businesses to thrive, or for the Small Business Administration loans, or for the tax-increment financing and other tax advantages that businesses get, or for the grants given by various government entities.

  • Paul

    It isn’t that government is “too big” — The United States Government should be big. It should be an enormous umbrella that covers and protects everything within it’s borders. Government should be taking care of it’s citizens, helping American businesses, and overseeing all aspects of commerce. They should be providing health care in addition to improved education and safety. It’s the politics that should be contained. Partisan disagreements and corrupt politicians keep government from positive performance. The current American political system hinders our government — it is supposed to keep the government in “check”, but instead keeps it from accomplishing anything. This is the main problem that needs to be remedied.

  • Damon

    In regards to the Monday morning “you didn’t build that” discussion. When I listen to President Obama and Elizabeth Warren preach this nonsense and reference roads and bridges I find their opinion very misguided. They both act like a percentage of the population built these roads and bridges for free and are now “entitled” to substantial compensation in the form of higher taxes. Why is there NO consideration given to the trillions in Federal and State taxes withheld from our paychecks or paid in property taxes, sales taxes, etc. that are in fact used to build the infrastructure? This was never referenced during your radio program or on any interview yet. I think Obama and Warren should reference the freeloaders who pay ZERO taxes each year and utilize our roads and bridges!