*sorry, politics again*
Looks like Romney just bombed his own campaign. Well, that’s not fair. Party fundraisers tend to be “shoot your mouth off and tell us how you really feel” affairs, since that’s supposed to be your tribe or whatever. This one just happened to get recorded and leaked.
“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.”
Let’s take that number. This is a pretty vague statement contextually; at worst it means Mitt believes that 47% of the entire U.S. population are staunchly for Obama, they pay no taxes, and the government should feed and house them and whatever “you-name-it” means (I’m thinking provide prostitutes, but whatever). That’s a pretty alarming number.
You know who doesn’t pay taxes? Rich people who use write-offs, investments and plain loopholes. Also, people (hey, like myself) who are so far below the poverty line they don’t have to pay taxes. Well, they often do initially, but then that gets returned (without interest, btw) within a year. So if that’s 47%, and only 6.61 % of the population makes 6 figures or more (2010 US census), that’s still 40% who manage to find ways around paying taxes (Wesley Snipes?) or are too poor to afford it. Well…… that is pretty alarming.
Okay, I absolutely played with those numbers. There are some analyses that break down the percentages- but in truth, the poverty percentage isn’t too far off. The real mistake is in the rhetoric: Romney essentially wrote off nearly half the population as a lost cause (or rather, lost to the Romney campaign cause). He can’t worry about them, because as far as Mitt Romney can see, there are throngs of Democrats and Obama supporters who are just plain shiftless and lazy- and he can’t be responsible for them. That’s an easy way to stop giving a fuck about a bunch of people, even if your office is responsible for the well being of those people as a whole.
Now, how many fucks do you think Mitt Romney would give about those people as president?