Once again the Romney campaign has imploded with a statement that reflects the elitism of the Republican Party and the views of many Americans that, as long as I get mine, let the rest, well, who cares. Romney’s statement was taped with a hidden camera saying that 47% of Americans will vote for Obama just because they rely on government support provided by the President’s administration. There is more but here is exactly what he said:
|Thumbs up on the wealthy|
Thumbs down on the needy
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."
It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt that had to deal with a worldwide economic depression while running a major war but still was able to push through the New Deal, eventually adding new jobs which produced relief resulting in reform and a recovery from 1933 to 1937. There was a relapse in 1937 pushing the economy into a deep recession, but many experts still agree that FDR’s employment and wage strategy worked. Helping the needy has been and is an American tradition.
As a comparison to Romney’s figure of 47%, the non-partisan
Tax Policy Center estimates that in 2011, 46% of households will pay no income tax. But if you counted the payroll taxes paid by this group, that figure drops dramatically to 18%. It is the GOP candidate’s position that his "job is not to worry about those people." Here is another comment from Romney: U.S.
"I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 percent to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful."
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As far as the Romney/Ryan Bobbsey Twins are concerned, that 47% are on their own and can expect no help from an indifferent government that would be run by them.
The event where the secret video was taken was in
at the home of Sun Capital executive Marc Leder. It was there that Romney further alienated the Hispanic community by commenting in humor that his bid for President could be more successful if he was Latino. Barack Obama’s campaign called Romney’s statements “shocking.” Here’s the actual quote: Boca Raton, Fla.
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"It's shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as 'victims,' entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take 'personal responsibility' for their lives. It's hard to serve as president for all Americans when you've disdainfully written off half the nation.”