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To: T.O.K.
Romney stumbled on an obvious fact about human nature - people tend to favor the source of benefits that flow to them and tend to oppose having to pay. So, folks can say that they are in favor of small government, but in fact many of them support any benefits that they receive from government. These same folks can also oppose taxes that are imposed on them.

For example, I know many seniors who believe in small government, oppose taxes, hate socialism, but at the same time support both Social Security and Medicare. They no longer regard these senior programs as socialism.

And, by the way, they show up to vote in every election.

8 posted on 12/03/2012 9:20:54 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Tau Food
However it is phrased - the people who showed up and voted in big numbers - totally unanticipated by the conservatives, were on the receiving end of federal benefits.

A lot of principaled conservatives, many who visit this site, who could not stand Romney, obviously stayed home, based on all the numbers.

I understand that those that paid into Social Security or enjoy Medicare right now did nothing wrong; they are not “takers” and can still be conservative - but that doesn't mean that they bought into the Mediscare tactics of Obama and voted for him in self interest.

All those people voted to keep their free stuff coming.

What we didn't explain well enough that the stuff will be gone for everyone if we don't get our financial house in order. No one fears the “Greece” scenario because it looks far off in the future. It might be, if idiots still keep buying our Treasuries. Once they stop, however, there will be hell to pay.

I think the 47% comment was right on, without disparaging the group mentioned above.

I do not expect to have Soc Security when I reach retirement age and same for medicare. (Unfortunately, neither are that far off!) I have accepted that I will work until I die. Retirement is only for the gov’t and union workers going forward. We in the private sector have to keep working so they can enjoy their (unfunded) government retirements.

Fortunately, I like what I do. I better. Till death.

11 posted on 12/03/2012 9:34:09 AM PST by dan on the right
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