Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney: America is full of Moochers

Tagg Romney: Hey mom...dad is doing it again!

Willard, Willard, Willard...what is a GOP voter to do?

Mr. Romney -- never one to be described as verbally adept -- as you probably know, has shot himself in the foot again. A foot that is firmly lodged in his mouth. Let's take a gander at what poor (figuratively of course) Mittless has to say about half our country:

The Quote "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Forget about the response from the Democrats, progressives, liberals and Independents, neo-con William Kristol called Romney's comments stupid and arrogant. Additionally, in Kristol's conservative Weekly Standard, another blogger chimed in:

Plenty of conservatives are pushing back against the worldview espoused by Mitt Romney in his "arrogant and stupid' remarks at a private fundraiser earlier this year.

The conservative case against Romney's analysis is multi-pronged. His description of the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes as "dependents" flies in the face of the conservative view that Americans should be paying fewer, not more, taxes. And historically, most Americans have not paid income taxes. Moreover, most of those who don't pay income taxes still contribute to the federal government in the form of payroll taxes and other federal taxes and fees. The political argument, that those who are "dependents" won't be voting for Romney anyway, is demonstrably wrong, and the content and tone of Romney's remarks don't strike many conservatives (and others) as particularly presidential.

So that's the friendly fire. No need to show what the Dems & Co. are saying. But what galls me the most about his comments: Mitt's feeble attempt to conflate government support as something only poor (Negroes, Latinos, poor whites) receive because they don't take personal responsibility. And that he had the stones to tell this to ultra-rich businessmen -- some possible were billed out to the tune of 7 trillion dollars of American taxpayers' dollars by Main Street to Wall Street.

Not to mention: Dick Cheney, Ala Haliburtion and other non-bid Defense contractors are notorious for keeping the drum beat for war and war profitting off scaring the Bejesus outta the American people.

Take all of the above in stride and Mitt's flawed math (about how the 47% so-called entitlement class are Obama supporters) still does not add up. As conservative journalist David Brooks is fast to point out in the New York Times:

This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?

It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth. Americans work longer hours than just about anyone else. Americans believe in work more than almost any other people. Ninety-two percent say that hard work is the key to success, according to a 2009 Pew Research Survey.

It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined. The number of people who think government spending promotes social mobility has fallen.

The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor. read entire article

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