I watched the secret video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney telling wealthy donors at a private fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent” and “entitled” freeloaders who pay no taxes, refuse to assume responsibility for their lives and think the government should take care of them. And you should, too. Just so you’re very clear about who wants to be in charge of your country and what, exactly, he thinks of you, your mama, your neighbors, your babies, your auntie and cousins and them and anyone else who isn’t filthy stankin’ rich.
The highlight of Romney’s $50,000-per-plate fundraising speech, which found its way to Mother Jones, says it all:
“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…These are people who pay no income tax…”
So basically, anyone who votes for President Obama, who thinks the government and the taxes it collects from the people should be for the people, who thinks it fair and just and righteous to take care of the poor, the sick, the young and the old among us, who is tired of watching the rich get slick while the rest of us drown in the muck and mess they created, deserve to have the words “freeloader,” “loser” and “slacker” tatted on their forehead. This is what this fool is saying. It is what he believes to his core.
And you should be afraid for how that translates in the Oval Office.
Frankly, I’m flabbergasted by just how little this man seems to understand about America and Americans. As conservative columnist David Brooks points out in the New York Times, America is the hardest working country on the planet, bar none, and the entitlements of which Romney speaks encompasses much more than those collected by the mythical Cadillac-driving welfare queen buying steaks with her EBT card. “Who,” Brooks asks, “are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”
Yes, Romney is referring to each of these people, trust and believe. He is also talking about me, a hardworking writer and small business owner who has been handing over a portion of my pay—at times grand, more often than not, quite small—to the federal, state and the local governments since my first job at age 15. I do so willingly, because up until this very day, I’ve been led to believe that every single penny is going to the greater good of my country—to keep roads and bridges running, to keep police offers and firemen and emergency responders working so that we are protected, to pay our teachers, charged with making our babies smarter and brighter and ready for the world, to pay our political leaders—the people who are charged with representing us—so that we have a say about what matters in our lives. And yes, to mend holes in the safety net that is supposed to help the poor, the elderly, children and the most vulnerable among us from withering away and dying in one of the richest countries in the world.
Now, it may be true that the higher you get up in the income brackets, the more likely you are to find people who go to extremes to pay as little taxes as they possibly can (shout out to Mitt). But I’m going to be frank in admitting that I don’t know nothing ‘bout no Swiss tax shelters.
Here’s what I do know: I pay taxes—lots of them—whenever I get a paycheck and whenever I pull my wallet out of my purse. I am a responsible person. I work hard. I am thoughtful. And I actually give a shit about my neighbors. About my fellow Americans. I think that we all should have affordable healthcare and food and housing and that this country—a country that takes great pains to snatch my money out of my pockets for such things—should follow through on that promise.
Mitt Romney? Not so much.
As Jonathan Chait put forth so eloquently in New York Magazine:
To think of Romney’s leaked discourse as a “gaffe” grossly misdescribes its importance. Indeed the comments’ direct impact on the outcome of the election will probably be small…Instead the video exposes an authentic Romney as a far more sinister character than I had imagined. Here is the sneering plutocrat, fully in thrall to a series of pernicious myths that are at the heart of the mania that has seized his party…[H]e put himself forward as the hopeful president of the top half of America against the bottom.”
In which half are you?
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Well, he was right about one thing. He’ll never convince me to vote for him.
While his comments were curt, his math wasn’t too far off. Half of the country pays no (income) taxes and half of the country receives benefits from the government. These benefits are for various reasons, I suspect what Romney was speaking about was the people who take advantage of the system, which can’t be afforded.
But he did not say that “some” people take advantage of the system. He said the 47% of Americans who intend to vote for Obama are a bunch of “victims” who mooch off the system and think they’re “entitled” to government handouts. I think he was quite clear with his words, his intent and his finger-pointing. While I’m sure there are those who cheat the system, there are plenty more people in our country who genuinely need—and, yes, DESERVE—the help. I know that as a tax-paying citizen for some of my teen years and all of my adult years, I fully expect that this great country that I’ve given my hard-earned taxes to would help me if I ever needed it. Because that’s what my taxes all these years were/are supposed to pay for.
I pay my taxes, have enough money for everything I need, and won’t be voting for Mr. Romney. The fact that he can say these outrageous things and still think he can be elected tells me he is either not very bright, or he is counting on the country being racist enough to vote for him because Obama is black.
n the end it will be Willard Milton Romney’s own words that that will bring down his seven year run for the presidency. I thank you Romney for speaking your real mind, sure its ugly but it just confirms my feeling that you act more like a Corporation than a person with compassion who realizes that a majority of my country is suffering. Hey the empty chair was a great hit, thanks for the laughs.
Yes. I have heard this tape run. I am glad it exist and his true or as you say authentic self was found out. I knew he was this way and was trying to mask who he was before the masses. I am one of those people at 51 years of age of have stop looking for a job. For almost four years I have been looking and know one has called me back, not even McDonalds. I went ot college and got a Social Work Degree (BSW) and 12 credits towards a Master. Now I have all the time in the world to go back to school and finish this degree but because of no job, the loan defaulted and I can’t go back. Having the Masters degree would put food on my table. When I tried to apply for Social Services in which I was a caseworker for 7 years, i was denied. I also believe I was blacklisted by my agency but can’t prove this. I went from a 50, 000 bracket to about 20,000 and that is because I am living off my husbands paycheck and on his health insurance plan. So Mitt I am not getting welfare. My daughter and 6 year old grandson lives with me for economic reasons. When the refridge and pantry is low of food, we just hold our breath until payday. So his analysis just pisses me off. I too worked since the age of 15 years old. My government allowed me to go to school but calling me everyday from 8AM-9PM trying to get there 48,000 back. Good luck since I anin’t working.