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While momentarily embarrassing, Governor Romney’s “secretly recorded” remarks are refreshingly transparent

September 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’ve been monitoring the chatter on Facebook and Twitter today and, according to those in Obama’s corner, Romney’s latest banana peel remarks about the 47% who don’t pay taxes has ended his run for president.  Once again, the main stream media (MSM) is dancing in delight and practically wetting themselves as they joyfully predict (again) the end of Romney 2012.

David Corn at Mother Jones outed the recording.  But it is reporters like Josh Barro at Bloomberg.com that have attempted to twist it into Romney’s agonal gasp:

“You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmoveable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans “believe that they are victims.” He laments: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

So what’s the upshot? “My job is not to worry about those people,” he says. He also notes, describing President Obama’s base, “These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax.”

This is an utter disaster for Romney.”

Dear Mr. Barro, you can mark my prediction now: You will owe your readers an apology when all is said and done.

Read the words Governor Romney spoke and a different picture emerges.

“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. 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. …

“He starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

His words speak common sense and provide rare transparency around an issue that has become the foundation of the Democratic platform…get the poor and disenfranchised on the government dole to win their votes.  Teach them not to work and to become dependent on government assistance.  Promote government assistance programs to get more and more “voters” indebted to the party.  The words are not intended to offend those in the 47% group, rather they state the obvious…those people won’t vote for Romney so there’s not much reason for him to be concerned with trying to sway their vote.  That’s it.

Here’s what I posted earlier today on Facebook:

“What the MSM forgets to factor is that 53% of Americans dislike the other 47% who don’t pay federal income taxes and who are far more dependent on government handouts and “nanny state” social programs. That 47% of people will likely not vote for a GOP candidate so Romney is right to write them off.  And many of us are happy he’s speaking the truth on the issue of how the left has enslaved many of the poorer folks through government subsidies. Would Romney actually not care about the 47% as POTUS? That’s a ridiculous theory. That’s like saying Obama doesn’t care about the 53% who do pay their federal income taxes.”

But, according to my slightly more liberal friends, the sentiment is that Romney has made a colossal gaff:

“Seems Gov. Romney is on the defense — all his supporters rallying their troops — Custer’s last stand?”

“I guess I am a victim, although it certainly seems like I pay a lot of taxes. Maybe I do want a handout and I don’t know it?  Didn’t know that voting for Obama was such an indictment on my character.”

The debate reminds me of a scene from the movie “The Cinderella Man.” James Braddock always remembered the humiliation of having to accept government relief money. After his boxing comeback, Braddock returned the welfare money he had received. That’s the core issue Gov. Romney was addressing. Our society no longer values that work ethic. Democrats long ago realized that they could “capture” a voting base by delivering government handouts. So while some level of assistance is necessary in a civilized society, so is a sense of self-reliance, pride and duty to country. I know people who WILL NOT work and who have HIDDEN windfalls because they would have lost their government assistance. Those are the people Romney was referring to. They are the ugly underside of our democracy and their number is growing, fed by rampant government assistance programs.

And that is why Mitt Romney should press this issue forward.  My guess is that nearly 60% of all Americans are fed up with government that rewards those who would choose to take from the till instead of work toward self-sufficiency.  Again, I say that assistance for those truly in need should be made available by the government but when the government’s main interest is adding more and more people to those programs to continue supporting government jobs and reelection of officials, the system is in need of serious overhaul.

A new Facebook friend of mine said it best:

“Lots of time and money spent by HHS to “promote” food stamps, etc., to “market” the program as a way to fight obesity (seriously), efforts made to redefine food stamps as “stimulus,” and to allow states to skirt the work requirement in TANF (formerly welfare), etc., to expand eligibility and raise the income limits to recruit more folks, to expand the definition of disability to grow that program explosively. Not accidental. If I were him (Romney), I would expand on it in my next speech and encourage a public debate on it.”

Bravo.  And I hope he does.  This country deserves a leader that will finally tell us the truth and help us break our dependency on the government as our keepers.

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