Mitt Romney's recent track record of making inappropriate comments has come to an insurmountable head. His failure to correctly shield the wicked things crossing his mind from our ears seem genetic, as the video of classically unfiltered Mitt can destroy the presidential hopeful's campaign just as happened to his father's botched-via-foot-in-mouth campaign several decades ago.
Mother Jones first received this video from a source who attended a Romney fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. David Corn posted this video and we can all sit in shock as Romney reveals what he thinks about his perceived voter base that will vote for President Obama.
In the video, someone in the crowd asked Governor Romney how he plans to win in November. Without hesitation, Romney quickly stated his true feelings about Americans who he considers poor and unlikely to pay taxes:
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.
At first look and consideration, it seems Governor Mitt Romney goes on to say what he thinks about any person who needs help from the government, who may need and deserve to have Medicare, who are college students from working class to poor families, who is a veteran of the army and relies on TRICARE and subsidy to provide for their families and themselves while they defend this nation. Is Mitt Romney calling all these people irresponsible?
My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Does this mean in Mitt Romney's eyes, at least 47 percent of Americans are quite possibly worthless degenerates who will never take personal responsibility and care for their own lives, no matter what encouragement Mitt may try to give to them?
First instinct on answering that question would seem yes, but in what will now be called a classic Romney maneuver, the candidate may also frustrate his own voting base. David A. Graham at The Atlantic asks the great question: "Where Are the 47 percent of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes?" The American Tax Foundation breaks the answer down in quite simple fashion.
In one impressive flap of the lips, Romney has again made himself seem elitist and out-of-touch with everyday Americans. Yes, there are many who do not pay taxes but are wonderful people. These Americans are hardly irresponsible and definitely care about their personal lives.
But the most shocking and peculiar thing about Romney's statement, and perhaps he was just ignorant of the facts, is that most people not paying income taxes are from red states. These are the people who would probably be voting for Romney, not Obama.
It will be interesting to hear how Romney and his colleagues coyly respond to this amazing video that basically shows one of the GOP presidential candidate's most major faults: He's a flip-flopping opportunist whose words always catch up with him. Romney may also suffer from amnesia, as he always forgets about how he gamed a $10 million dollar federal bailout for Bain Capital in 1993. Some irresponsible entitlement-state Americans may just see that $10 million handout as mooching.
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