"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney is shown saying in a video posted online by the magazine. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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."Kent comments:
"Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax," Romney said.
Romney said in the video that his role "is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." – Mitt Romney [link]
Obama repulses me, but I am not a big fan of Mitt. In that, I fear that I am like many considering the upcoming election. People just won’t vote in significant numbers for third parties. So hear we are.
But finally Mitt says something that catches my attention in a positive way. If you don’t think there is a vast contingent of people who just want their stuff from the state, you are not being honest with yourself. And in the vein of honesty, Republicans do not usually seriously challenge those with the “government should give me” mentality either.
The only problem with Mitt’s statement is that it’s only part of the story. It’s not just the lower-income people who want their stuff from the government. Large corporations want it, unions want it, lobbying groups want it, well-to-do people want it.
But here a rather mainstream Republican finally at least says something accurate about this situation. And what does he do? Well, of course, he apologizes:
“It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I'm sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that," Romney said. "Of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future.”Hey, Mitt – how about just reinforcing this something really good you said? You are right - it is not the appropriate role of the government to “help all Americans.” It is the appropriate role of government, fiscally speaking, to leave all Americans undisturbed so they can help themselves, if they care to do so. And at this point, many do not. And if they don’t, they don’t. It’s called freedom.
Mitt Romney – what a weenie. And we are back to our usual choices for President: a leftist, collectivist, statist Democrat, or maybe-less-but-still-somewhat-statist weenie Republican. Oh my!