What was so bad about it?
In case you hadn't heard, Mitt supposedly made a tactical error of gargantuan proportions with some "off-the-cuff" remarks videotaped at a fundraiser. Mother Jones magazine (of all places) claimed they had the whole tape.* Nearly every "journalist" out there is only quoting the part of the remarks that make Romney look bad – to them – this bit about the 47 percent.
What he said was:
"Well, there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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 government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49… I mean, he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax; 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. He'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that's what they sell every 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 convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center, that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon, in some case, emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what he looks like."
That's what he said. And to that all I have to say in reply is, what's wrong with that? He finally collected enough testosterone in one place to say the truth. More power to him for doing it.
Now, I don't know if the 47% figure is completely accurate, but accuracy hasn't bothered the incumbent, so I won't quibble about it now.
The bare fact of the matter is that we have had an entitlement problem in this country for some time. The Lightbringer's administration feeds it, depends on it, thrives off of it, and is doing everything in its power to grow it. And it's most definitely from this base that The Anointed One's best chance of re-election comes.
I'm not just talking about welfare moms, either. I'm talking about the college loan crowed. I'm talking about the unions. I'm talking about those who've bought hook, line and sinker into the free medical care myth. Not to mention the womyn still whining about their free birth control pills.
Anyone – anyone – who thinks that the government can meet your needs better than the individual is part of Mitt's statistic. And therefore, part of the problem.
The truth is that by and large, they won't vote against The Anointed One. He's the source of milk and honey, is he not? Didn't we all see the footage of people dreamily musing how he was going to buy them cars and houses and gas and they didn't have to work no more? Why then, would they voluntarily vote to stop their own gravy train?
Unless… unless one rebels against the label of victim. Unless one realizes that life on the government tit isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The "media" wants you to think that this whole brewhaha is a case of a rich white guy letting us know how out of touch he is with reality. The truth here is this: the "media" is the one totally out of touch with reality. The rich white guy hit it on the head.
• There are people who will vote for the president no matter what. Whether it's the color of his skin or the fact that they owe him something, or that they somehow believe that he supports their pet cause, there is a percentage of the electorate that will never vote against the Lightbringer. That's just a statement of fact.
• There are people who embrace the victim label. They work it for all they're worth, and manage to divest themselves of responsibility of any kind by using everything from their childhood to illness, real or imagined to create a living of sorts off the system. They are generally rude, crude, grasping, and walk around with a chip on their shoulder. And they will do anything to avoid making a life for themselves. If you don't believe that, you need to get out more often.
• It has been broken down all over the innerwebz how a small fraction of wage-earners pays nearly 50% of all income taxes. The rest of the country simply does not. It's a matter of simple math.
• He is not going to "connect" with people who don't believe that the "rich" pay more than enough in taxes, and that continually taking and taking and taking from them keeps investment from happening. I've seen too many people out there who seem to have this branded onto their soul – that some magic money fountain is where investment and startup capital comes from.
• "Tax cuts for the rich" is indeed part of the tired old script that seems to be balm for the souls of Democrats everywhere. Along with starving old people and doing it for the children. Oh, and "racists."
• When he said that it wasn't his job to worry about those people, he didn't mean it in the touchy-feely context that liberals like to put everything in. He meant that he can't waste time trying to get the vote of people who simply won't vote for him, based on the above reasons. Just like The Lightbringer isn't losing sleep over me. Geddit?
• There are people on the dole, be it Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment, welfare, food stamps and what have you, that don't want to be there. These are folks who are there for no fault of their own (age, infirmity), or there temporarily (unemployment), who full well understand the lay of the land and have every intent on regaining their independence when possible. Those are the people Mitt's talking about as his 5-10%. Those who might have voted one way four years ago, but now understand which way the wind is actually blowing. Those who see past the tarnished gilt of the hopeychange and are now ready to do right. THOSE are the people who can be swayed, and who, hopefully, can see past the misinterpretations and misrepresentations of the "media" and do the right thing this time around.
Tucker Carlson has a column at the Daily Caller that calls for Mitt to own his words and stand behind them. To expound on these very points at every opportunity. I, unsurprisingly, agree with Mr. Carlson. It will be the easiest way to deflate the bullies (also known as journalists) who have sold out to the left in this election**. The easiest way for him to get his real message across.
Because the real message is the only way we're going to save this country's economy. A country where only half the electorate is responsible for carrying the entire population is doomed to failure.
*Turns out that this isn't the case. There's quite a bit missing. Conveniently.
**And they are not even pretending to be impartial at this point. They're promoting lies from the left and making up lies about the right, despite the fact that most thinking souls can see right through them.