Quoting TheFunkMaster, reply 34In point of fact, the president WAS and still is being quoted out of context in order to make it sound as if the President was saying that "you didn't build your business", not "you didn't build the infrastructure that your business depends on".
Nothing was taken out of context, nothing was 'twisted'. The straw man here is your attempt to convince us he meant something other than his plain, directly quoted, words. In fact, watching the full video makes it even more clear he meant exactly what he said.
But let's concede, for purposes of argument and only for a moment, that he meant what you've read his mind to mean. That still leaves the cart way ahead of the horse. It's only thanks to economic activity ("business") that money can be confiscated in the form of taxes and put to use for the purposes of infrastructure beneficial to enabling a higher standard of living or providing for the protection of people and property - things like sewage treatment, provision of potable water, refuse collection, fire departments, police departments - that by their very nature are best achieved through voluntary government structures. That future generations end up being beneficiaries of such infrastructure projects is part of the very reason they are undertaken in the first place.
There is no point in time when what creates a better future is "done" & now needs to be "paid back" - even just a little bit.
Well, you could certainly take "what creates a better future" in stages...but that aside, yes the maintenance and improvement of America's multiple backbones is an ongoing affair, but one that pays back monster-sized dividends. In a way is is continually being "payed back" and renewed with each road crew shift and new fiber-optics run.
To beleaguer the point for a moment, the "paying back" refers to the business owners whose businesses have directly profited from good infrastructure paying their taxes to help support and expand said infrastructure. Thusly the Great Circle of Asphalt and Copper is and should always be. All taxes that businesses/owners pay is "paying it back", (and if I may anticipate what our next point of contention might be) but our President wants those same very successful Americans to pay a bit more to help out when America is having a tough time. The $250K or $500K tax would tax individual income tax after $250,000 (or whatever multiple they settle on). Any individual or couple that makes over $250K that can't afford an extra 4.something percent when individual income tax is at it's lowest rate in the modern era has some jacked-up priorities.
"Expand the tax base instead!" they say, which means "Make more poor people pay!", a few hundred dollars either way can make a big difference to many low-income working households these days. One less ivory back-scratcher vs. 4 sets of braces.