“My job is not to worry about these people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Mitt Romney, in the leaked video taken at a $50,000 a plate fund-raiser, speaking in reference to the 47% of Americans who he said, “pay no income tax” and “are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager, said “it’s shocking that a candidate for the president of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims’, entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as President for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”
The Romney campaign put out a statement from communications director Gail Gitcho: “Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy.” Actually, Romney’s exact words were “my job is not to worry about these people.” Gitchko continued: “ As the governor has made clear all year he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the Federal Government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million who are struggling to find work. “
Again, Romney’s exact words were “my job is not to worry about these people.”
By the bye, the facts, according to the Tax Policy Center, are that 46.4% paid no federal income tax but most households did pay payroll tax. So they are being responsible. So Romney lied about them. Of the 18% of households that pay neither federal nor payroll tax, nearly half were elderly and more than a third of income tax credits went to children and the working poor. THE WORKING POOR. Again, people who are being responsible. Perhaps Mr. Romney believes children shouldn’t be dependents.
It gets better. Many of the seniors who benefit from the current tax policy are likely Romney voters. The Republican share of votes among white seniors which had increased to a whopping 58% by 2008. Either of the top income states with the lowest tax liability are red states. Romney either outright lied about the 47%, or he didn’t check his facts. That’s frighteningly reminiscent of his reaction to the embassy attacks. Having got his facts wrong, he also insulted his own following. What a great campaigner.
Not content to leave it at that, he felt compelled to put the other foot in his mouth, giving new meaning to the malaise foot and mouth disease, by holding a late night availability with so little notice that none of the news organisations were able to capture it live. Either that was a lack of foresight and good, or it was really excellent planning in case he made another gaffe.
Which he did. “It’s not elegantly stated, let me put it that way, I’m speaking off the cuff in response to a question. I’m sure I could state it more clearly and in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that. At a fundraiser you have people say ‘governor how you gonna win this?’ and so I respond ‘well the president has his group and I have my group.
I wanna keep my team strong and motivated and I wanna get those people in the middle.’ That’s something fundraisers who are parting with their money are very interested in, can you win or not, and that’s what this was addressing.” In other words, what I said wasn’t really the truth, and heck, you have to tell your potential backers what they want to hear, regardless of whether it’s the truth or not. Anything to get their money.
Center-right columnist in the New York Times David Brookes commented “Personally I think he is a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he’s pretending to be something he is not – some sort of cartoonish government-hater. But it scarcely matters. He’s running a depressingly inept presidential campaign. Mr. Romney your entitlement ideas are essential but when will the incompetence stop?”
I don’t agree with the entitlement stuff, but this is damning from a man should be a supporter of Romney and who clearly is trying to like the man but is having an awfully hard time of it. Romney followers are scattering left right and center, hoping probably to dodge Romney as he flip-flops between one position and the next. He has followed in the footsteps of G.W. Bush, but he’s doing it before he even got elected.
He can kiss that dream goodbye. The Huffington Post electoral college map gives Obama 300 and 17 leaning. Mitt Romney has 152 strong and 39 leaning. Toss-ups are now reduced to 30. Even if Romney gets all of them he can’t win as things stand at the moment.
What better way to end this than with Howell Raines who said (Special to CNN, September 18 2012) “Since the GOP convention, Romney has been getting blasted by his ought-to-be fellow travelers, notably the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, and freelance radio right-wingers. Where others have bludgeoned the Republican nominee, Fox News has nibbled, as if to indicate that telling the real, whole news would let too much water through the Titanic-like hole in the U.S.S. Romney.
“In an energetic follow-up to Politico on his morning show, Joe Scarborough said he was the first high-profile media conservative to announce that Romney is blowing a winnable election and that Limbaugh et al followed him in defining Romney’s damning new persona: a CEO who says American needs a CEO, but who is publicly failing at being CEO of his own billion-dollar campaign.”
- The Wheels are Coming Off the Romney Campaign…and He Could Still Pull Off a Win (pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com)
- Mitt Romney Does Not Care (urchinmovement.com)
- Mitt Romney: Nearly half of Americans don’t pay income tax, ‘believe they are victims’ (windsorstar.com)
- Who Are the 47% Who Don’t Pay Taxes? (newsy.com)
- Mitt Romney Disdains Half The Country He Wants To Be President Of (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Mitt Romney Gets Blasted By Conservatives In Two Must-Read Columns (businessinsider.com)
- Mitt Romney Video Causes Political Uproar, GOP Candidate Responds To ’47 Percent’ Comment And Other Statements (ibtimes.com)