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Only Journalists Offended by Romney’s “47 Percent” Remarks
FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | Daniel Flynn

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 Romney’s 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 that’s 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 Romney’s comments “shocking.” He shouldn’t 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 wasn’t 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 weren’t 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 rate—63.5 percent—to its lowest level since the Great Depression. People who have given up on work haven’t 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.

Romney’s argument that income tax hikes aren’t 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 Romney’s 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 don’t 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 won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. If I help him, he’s going to help me.’

Surely in conveying how handouts corrupt Americans Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” story has nothing on Miss Peggy’s 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 weren’t 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, Romney’s remarks work parsed as well as they do in full. Everyone, save for journalists, seems to understand the context.

It’s not necessarily that Romney’s 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 they’ve been marinated in environments so foreign to their fellow Americans.

Who, really, is out of touch here?

TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections

1 posted on 09/20/2012 5:31:28 AM PDT by SJackson
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2 posted on 09/20/2012 5:37:27 AM PDT by SJackson (none of this suggests there are hostile feelings for the US in Egypt, Victoria Nuland, State Dept)
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To: SJackson

What concerns me most is that combining 47% government dependents with maybe 6% vote fraud equals a possible win for the bad guys.

3 posted on 09/20/2012 5:45:29 AM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: SJackson

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.

4 posted on 09/20/2012 5:47:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: SJackson

” - - - 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.

5 posted on 09/20/2012 5:54:05 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: SJackson

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.

6 posted on 09/20/2012 6:11:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB
Ah, worldview. I agree with you, especially as regards leftists not understanding the Conservative worldview. Leftists always assume that:

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.

7 posted on 09/20/2012 6:14:49 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Missouri gal

I saw a poll that said 1/3 of the poor would vote Romney, not all of them want to stay poor.

8 posted on 09/20/2012 6:23:13 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SJackson
I don't claim to know what the full impact of Romney's remarks will be. However, I know a lot of what could charitably be called "low information voters" (actually I teach them). When the subject of Romney's comments came up, they merely shrugged. Nearly everyone had a story of witnessing people using their EBT benefits, then paying cash for tattoos, beer, etc. These are not isolated cases. A popular meme going around on Facebook is "I want a new iPhone, like the lady in front of me on food stamps has."

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.

9 posted on 09/20/2012 6:26:16 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: SJackson

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.

10 posted on 09/20/2012 7:25:28 AM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: GeronL

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.

11 posted on 09/20/2012 7:34:50 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: hcmama

I think it is time to use social shunning of those utilizing welfare benefits unwisely. A Facebook meme might be a start.

12 posted on 09/20/2012 9:23:29 AM PDT by PuzzledInTX
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To: SJackson
On Facebook I have offended some of my so-called friends who seem to race to their computers to post articles about how Romney has lost the presidency again. I plead guilty to progressive baiting, but they are such easy targets.

They are not interested in debate. They are, in effect, saying "There! Do you understand now? I told you!"

13 posted on 09/20/2012 9:30:56 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: SJackson

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.

14 posted on 09/20/2012 10:54:29 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: GeronL

Catch 22: If I don’t stay poor, they stop givin’ me stuff!

15 posted on 09/20/2012 10:57:20 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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