There is much discussion around the net and the mainstream media today about the “gaffe” by Mitt Romney, where he discussed the modern state of campaign politics. In a matter-of-fact way that was actually quite refreshing to hear from a politician, Romney spoke “off the cuff” and candidly about how the Democratic Party survives; it buys votes by giving out entitlements. He spoke the truth, and the media is going crazy. But why?
For those that may not have heard, Romney was asked by an attendee of a fundraiser,
“For the past three years, all everybody’s been told is, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you.’ How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections to convince everybody, you’ve got to take care of yourself?”
It seems like a fair question. After all, the cornerstone of fiscal conservatism is a strong adherence to self-reliance and freedom from government dependency. As he is a Republican presidential candidate, I, too, would like a declaration from Romney concerning his stance on government dependency.
“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.
And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49, 4— he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich.
I mean, that’s what they sell ever four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is to convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
Why is this so shocking to the mainstream media? The Democratic Party’s strategy has been for the last four decades to bribe the masses into complacency with gifts of welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, low-income housing and a million other programs designed to create dependency on a government that has grown into a corrupted Robin Hood- it robs from the rich to make everyone equally poor.
I don’t, for one second, believe this outrage by the media to be genuine. Like every manufactured talking point in the last 6 months, it is more cover for our failed president. It is a soundbite, boiled down to its essence to create a distraction from the fact that our current president has no record of accomplishment on which to run.
On the plus side, Romney has done the smart thing and stuck by his comment. This is the kind of stance that will marginalize the very people to which Romney was referring; the people who pay taxes won’t feel offended and those that don’t pay taxes are going to vote for Obama or not at all. Meanwhile, this comment will resonate with conservatives who feel Romney has been playing it too safe and has not reached out enough to the right.
Overall, I have one central question. Adjusted unemployment is over 8%, actual unemployment is around 15%, we have had 43 straight months of adjusted unemployment over 8%, we have had our credit rating downgraded, we are $16 trillion in debt with a GDP of 1.7%, the housing market is still in the toilet, the auto industry is still floundering, our government has been complicit in running guns to Mexican drug cartels as a pretext for stricter gun laws, our attorney general is guilty of contempt of Congress, we are seeing U.S. territories being attacked almost daily, our diplomats are being murdered and our government is not only lying to citizens about the details, but apologizing to the attackers.
So my question is this: with all of this going on, why is, “Romney Speaks a Harsh Truth,” the headline of the day?