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During the presidential campaign Democrats made political hay using Mitt Romney's "47%" comment as the hay baler. One month after Mitt Romney was soundly defeated, it seems that a good portion of the conservative choir wants to keep singing Mitt's 47% song. Time to review......here is the infamous Romney quote in its entirety....
"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. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
After losing the election, Mr. Romney felt that it was necessary to double down on his 47% comment. Here he is explaining why Obama won re-election....
"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because, as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.
You can imagine, for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it—getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity—I mean, this is huge. Likewise, with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition, with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group."
Mr. Conservative, on loan from god, and right 99.7% of the time....ElRushbo....
"Romney's recipe was the old standby: American route to success, hard work. That gets sneered at. I'm sorry. In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins?"
“It’s a changing country, the demographics are changing,” O’Reilly said. “It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama.”
It is true that many leading Republicans.....Bobby Jindal, Newt Gingrich, Scott Walker, and Huckleberry Graham come to mind.....kind of, sort of, denounced Romney's post-election "gifts" explanation for his loss to Obama. However, who has more influence over conservative voters? Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Tea Party Leaders.....or Usual Suspect Republican officials?
"The most damning part of that video was not the comments about the 47% who receive government benefits. The most damning part of that video was your comment about moving to the middle to play for the 10% who are in the middle."
Set aside the fact that states who voted for Romney actually receive more federal government "gifts" than states that voted for Obama. Often, data just gets in the way of a good rant. But tell me.....are not the Foxians and the Dittoheaders and even some of the Tea Baggers communicating their utter contempt for over half of the U.S. population?
How does holding over half of the U.S. population in contempt work to the advantage of conservative Republicans moving forward? What future campaign slogans will emerge from such contempt? 'Vote GOP, because the nation has been taken over by sluggards with their hands out?' Or...'Less than half the country....first'?
Having watched conservative policies (endless wars of aggression plus tax cuts plus deregulation plus intolerant social stances) repeatedly fail to make our nation stronger......will Republicans now blame their failures on the majority of Americans who recognize that those conservative policies are indeed failures?
Despite a few leading Republicans making noise about "outreach" to segments of the alleged 47%.....hasn't the damage already been done? How can the GOP presidential candidate and the most popular conservative-media talkers slap over half of the population across the face.....and then seriously ask those same people to vote for Republicans in the future?
Yes, it's true....the U.S. is hopelessly divided politically. However, only one political party has emphatically rejected over half of the U.S. electorate as those who "refuse to take personal responsibility for their own lives." Only one political party holds the majority of voters in contempt. Only one political party has the audacity to call a majority of Americans, "children" who choose "Santa over work."
Yeah, it all sounds so "daddy party"....so authoritarian....but someone has to explain to me how it wins elections.