Open forums are a place for debate. That's really all this is about. A position is shared, there isn't much analysis, and the position is debated.
Today's topic: Mitt Romney's comments about the 47% of people that will not vote for him. I'm sure if you've turned on the TV or logged onto a news website today you've heard the latest. You were probably met with headlines of "Mitt Romney claims Obama supporters feel 'entitled'" or something along those lines. To get straight to the source, here are the videos from the socialist publication Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser
The biggest quote that is making its way through the headlines:
- "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."
Of course, the typical outlets have jumped on this, instantly crying foul while making the world of this issue. Mitt Romney, in an attempt to clear the air, did not apologize when speaking to reporters last night, and in fact, he reinforced his position about government dependency:
- "It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question," Romney said, adding he wants to help "all Americans... It's a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry, which is that the president's approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly my discussion about lowering taxes isn't as attractive to them. Therefore I'm not likely to draw them into my campaign as effectively as those in the middle."
My opinion, briefly... to kick off the discussion:
First, Mitt Romney is right. Well, actually, fewer Americans pay income tax than even he stated (write-up)... but that's irrelevant. Mitt Romney is simply stating something I truly believe in: democracy is being raped and perverted by politicians who are getting elected by promising to give voters stuff. I believe in a truly "vanilla," non-discriminatory government where everyone should be treated the same. My blood boils when I hear a large voting bloc being pandered to with the promise of "me and my party will give you free housing, food, unemployment benefits, health care, subsidized everything, and a lower tax burden, all paid for by a very small voting bloc." Was this the original intent of democracy? To simply have politicians hold power by offering those that elect them free things? No! But this is how democrats tend to get elected. Do you think it's a coincidence that their platform is centered on attacking the rich (who are outnumbered about 140,000,000 to 236,000), while promising tons of social benefits and programs to the larger voting group? Do you really think the larger voting group is going to bite the hand that feeds them? No! Democrats know this. Call me a hater, and call me stone-hearted, but I believe in democracy, and I believe in a government that does not help one person any more than it helps another. The current "democracy" we have is, by definition, discrimination, and it's not democracy's original intent. In the democracy I believe in, no one can pander; no one can lobby. In a non-discriminatory government, power is restored to the people. Politicians can't buy votes by giving voters sustenance. What Mitt Romney saying is essentially true, and he has said it the whole time. His line has been something like, "if you want a president who will give you free stuff, I'm not your guy... that guy is in the White House."
So please, media... stop making this bigger than it is. Mitt Romney is telling the truth. It's only a "gaffe" because the media is telling America that it is. This is my opinion... I'd love to hear more. Please share them below. Thank you.