“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. And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49… He starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
This an insane bit of rhetoric. Romney is being ‘candid’ but what he’s saying is delusional. He seems to know nothing about America’s demographics. But let’s go through it in detail.
“there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government,”
Does Romney honestly believe that the bottom 47% of income earners and the 47% of Obama supporters are one and the same? On what evidence is he conflating those two? And if it were true that the poor and lower middle class categorically rejected him, what would that say about his ability to govern the country? He is openly embracing an electoral plutocracy to his wealthy backers by disparaging the bottom half of Americans.
“who believe they are victims,”
As the late Christopher Hitchens said, “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” I’ve never heard of any respected study that quantified the number of long-term welfare recipients who undeservedly identified themselves as “victims.” I suspect such a population would be statistically insignificant.
“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.”
Health care? Housing??? FOOD?! Ahh, Mr. Romney, Thomas Jefferson on line one for you:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…
Americans ARE endowed with the unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and these rights are secured through government deriving its power from the consent of the governed. Health care, food and housing fall unequivocally under the Right to Life. Government secures these rights. The US recently altered its government to secure access to health care which will help secure Americans’ rights to longer Life, greater Liberty and ease the pursuit of Happiness, after lagging behind the rest of the industrialized world for decades. An America where Americans can be denied food, housing or health care is a dark place indeed.
“These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.”
This coming from a guy who paid less than 14% taxes on tens of millions in capital gains interest. And that’s only what we know from the two years of tax returns he’s released. He can’t shake the perception that he’s hiding something in his tax returns because he won’t release them regardless of the mystery it raises. There has been ongoing speculation that he may have paid close to zero percent in taxes, and/or received federal bailout money from bank investments. Romney makes as much before breakfast as the people he’s criticizing make in a year. And he doesn’t have to lift a finger for it. Should Romney’s chauffeur really pay a higher percentage in taxes than he does? He’s saying this to a room of unknown donors, most of whom are presumably millionaires and up. Do the top 0.1% of Americans really sit around nibbling caviar and swilling champagne, watching their favorite politician dance on strings of their gold, whining about how their janitors have it so easy? If so, I posit that the name Mitt Romney should go down in history with all the baggage of the name Marie Antoinette and the degree of seriousness of the name Montgomery Burns.
“So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years.”
And so my job is not to worry about those people.
He said it again! He’s not concerned about the very poor. “Mr. and Mrs. Lavish, I, uh, I assure you that as president, the taxes you pay and the shits I give will be precisely zero.” Romney has already decided that as president he will completely ignore the hopes, wishes, desires and aspirations of half the country.
“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Romney thinks that the economic bottom half of America and Obama voters (one and the same) are lazy slobs. He really does not understand who is voting for whom, here. According to Business Insider, when states are measured by dollar amount of welfare expense distributed versus amount of tax revenue received, 16 of the top 20 states are staunchly conservative, Republican, yeehaw, red states. States like Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama and Montana figure near the top of the list. States like Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Oregon are not on the list at all. Not only is Mitt Romney disparaging welfare recipients, he doesn’t even know who they are. He’s calling his OWN supporters leeches. But he understands them red-blooded ‘Mericans cuz he has friends who own Nascar teams.
“What I have to do is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
While it’s true that many thoughtful voters fall somewhere outside the two parties, are the ones who make emotional decisions really the thoughtful ones? And if Romney is hoping to win this election based on who the voters LIKE, he is in serious trouble.
When one attendee asked how this group could help Romney sell himself to others, he answered, “Frankly, what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars.”