Skip to comments.Only Journalists Offended by Romney’s “47 Percent” Remarks
Posted on 09/20/2012 5:31:24 AM PDT by SJackson
EBT Nation has spoken. Its citizens, the ones who will bother to show up to the polls on November 6, have decided to vote themselves more of Mitt Romneys money. The inhabitants of Section 8ville second the motion.
The Republican nominee may be aghast that so many strangers enjoy so much of his money. Why are the sponging strangers, and the class-war Hessians of the Fourth Estate, so shocked that Romney has written off their votes?
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president, no matter what, an out-of-focus Mitt Romney says on a four-month-old surreptitiously-obtained grainy video. All right, there are 47% 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 thats an entitlement, and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. The presidential candidate tells donors that his job is to convince the unbribed undecideds to cast their ballots for him.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina found Romneys comments shocking. He shouldnt have. With more flash, makers-versus-takers rhetoric has been a staple of Republican presidential stump speeches for several generations. Why the feigned outrage over something so pedestrian?
In 1976, Ronald Reagan colorfully invoked a Cadillac-driving Chicago woman receiving food stamps, relying on Medicaid, and collecting more than six-figures in welfare money under her numerous aliases. Buffalo congressman Jack Kemp, a candidate for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, repeatedly warned that the social safety net had become a hammock. Texas Senator Phil Gramm ran for president eight years later incessantly reminding voters, when he wasnt invoking the ink-stained fingers of his printer friend Dickey Flatt, that there were more people riding in the wagon than pulling the wagon.
They werent wrong, just premature.
A record-high 89 million Americans do not participate in the labor force, with the three percent drop under the Obama administration nudging the rate63.5 percentto its lowest level since the Great Depression. People who have given up on work havent given up on a paycheck. A record 46 million Americans rely on food stamps, up 44 percent since the president took office. The 8.8 million Americans accepting Social Security disability checks, spiking nearly 1.5 million since inauguration day, is also a record.
Romneys argument that income tax hikes arent as unpopular as they once were because fewer people actually pay income taxes meshes with the numbers. The Tax Policy Center reports that 46 percent of Americans, a number too close for coincidence to Romneys 47 percent, pay no federal income tax. With more than one in three workers not working, one in twenty workers on disability, and more than one in seven Americans depending on food stamps, an electoral tipping point may be near where so many voters depend on government that the party of government can count on Election Day majorities.
And if the grim statistics dont convince, remember the jubilation of Peggy Joseph over a potential Obama victory during the 2008 campaign? I never thought this day would ever happen, the Sarasota voter explained. I wont have to worry about putting gas in my car. I wont have to worry about paying my mortgage. If I help him, hes going to help me.
Surely in conveying how handouts corrupt Americans Ronald Reagans welfare queen story has nothing on Miss Peggys YouTube clip, right?
Romney asked for Mother Jones to release his remarks in full, which the magazine promised to do until it acknowledged that the remarks werent captured in full. Mother Jones claims the camera inadvertently turned off while recording Romney before being turned back on. Romney could credibly claim to have been taken out of context. But with the context of Peggy Joseph, and record numbers of Americans asking what their country can do for them rather than what they can do for their country, Romneys remarks work parsed as well as they do in full. Everyone, save for journalists, seems to understand the context.
Its not necessarily that Romneys media detractors find his off-the-record remarks off putting. They find conservatism off putting. Living in deep-blue cities, working alongside partisan crusaders, and educated by an ideologically-narrow professorate, the scribes find uncontroversial remarks so foreign because theyve been marinated in environments so foreign to their fellow Americans.
Who, really, is out of touch here?
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
What concerns me most is that combining 47% government dependents with maybe 6% vote fraud equals a possible win for the bad guys.
It’s as if their “leftist worldview lenses” are embedded in their eyes.
Seriously, a conservative understands the leftist worldview FAR better than any leftist understands how a conservative views the world.
Further, most leftists that I’ve encountered don’t even understand that they HAVE a lens through which they interpret the world.
” - - - there were more people riding in the wagon than pulling the wagon.”
Thanks for reminding us of Sen Gramm’s great mental image of why America is grinding to a halt.
Headline is SO on the mark! Just like the 70’s when they were aghast to learn that America was not laughing AT Archie Bunker, they were laughing WITH him.
1. Conservatives are ignorant and have not seriously considered the issues or the facts. If we could be "educated" we would certainly agree with the leftists.
2. Conservatives are motivated by greed, not principle. We want money and will stop at nothing to get it, OR we are actually being paid to be conservative by the Koch Brothers or some other shadowy cabal of billionaires.
Where's my check, dammit?
3. Conservatives are easily led. We parrot what we are told by our parents, our clergy or our favorite talk radio show personalities, and then we congratulate ourselves on how good "our" ideas are.
4. What all this comes down to is that we really aren't conservatives. Nobody really thinks that way. We are just misguided, or stupid, or blinded by greed. One of the biggest epiphanies a liberal can have is when they realize that conservatives really believe in conservative principles, have gathered the facts and considered them at length and have plugged them into a logical worldview. Invariably, the liberal will react to his epiphany by abandoning cloying condescension for venomous hatred.
I saw a poll that said 1/3 of the poor would vote Romney, not all of them want to stay poor.
I think our lap dog media is missing the anger and resentment of a lot of hardworking families that have suffered in this economy, but are still trying to maintain their dignity and independence, as they witness the rise of the welfare mentality all around them.
The Left is turning the 47% comment on its head and saying that Romney doesn’t “care” about them. He never said that. He simply said he’s not going to pursue their vote.
I would like to see that poll where 1/3 of “poor” will vote Romney. I agree with that assessment but I have not seen it polled.
I think it is time to use social shunning of those utilizing welfare benefits unwisely. A Facebook meme might be a start.
They are not interested in debate. They are, in effect, saying "There! Do you understand now? I told you!"
Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I suspect the true number is more like 35-40%. There are some who get more than they pay, but who would prefer to be a contributor rather than a taker. Not a lot, but some.
Catch 22: If I don’t stay poor, they stop givin’ me stuff!