Video has been leaked a few days ago of Mitt Romney talking to people in a private campaign fundraiser, supposedly from earlier in the year. Once again, Mitt Romney has out done himself by letting more idiotic shit come out of his mouth.
This time he says “All right there are 47% who are with him (Obama), 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.”
Now as a person who voted for Obama in 2008 that is NONE of the above, I find this statement extremely divisive, hypocritical and just flat out stupid – and quite frankly, exactly why I would never vote for him. I’m not rich like him, so he could care less about me. Which is fine. In a way that most people won’t understand, I actually don’t have a problem with him not caring about someone who isn’t wealthy like himself. I get it. I really do. But I don’t need Mitt to “have my back.”
But here’s the thing – I do think every single person should have access to basic health care. It might be a surprise to some people to know that not all people who are poor, CHOSE to be poor. Are there people who ARE poor that are content with being poor because they’re taking advantage of a broken system? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean only rich people should have health care. But this is a whole other topic, which I’m sure I’ll be diving into in the coming weeks.
Now to say that almost HALF of Americans don’t pay any income tax is very misleading and here’s why:
- Many who don’t pay income tax fall under the ‘extremely poor’ category – making less than $20,000 a year
- Over 10% are elderly and are retired so they have no income tax to pay
- Many are fresh out of highschool or college and haven’t officially joined the work force
So for Mitt Romney and the Republican party to say that President Obama is “the most divisive figure in American History” is such a slap in the face of Americans when Mitt Romney is spewing nonsense numbers like this – grouping enormous amounts of Americans into a group they don’t belong in – then comes to Miami a few days later all of a sudden talking about the “100%” and how he’s here for ALL of America. Now on the other hand I do think the comment was taken a little out of context, just as his “I like to fire people” comment. I like to fire people too. But his 47% comment really shows me how Mitt divides people up in his mind and quite literally, writes a lot of them off. I get what he was saying – roughly 50% of Americans are going to vote for Obama no matter what. Nothing wrong with that. But to take that 10 steps further and to say that half of Americans consider themselves “victims” and want and expect the government to “take care of them” is the epitome of having your head up your ass. Are there those type of people out there? Absolutely. But it doesn’t constitute 50% of the population.
I just can’t wait to see what good ol’ Mitt has to say next! He’s certainly giving me a lot to write about.
Here’s the link to the original article posted on MotherJones.