A video was released showing Mitt Romney saying that: “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. … My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Now everyone, for some reason, is freaking out over his comments. But why?
Let’s look at the facts. As far as the percentage of Americans who pay no income tax goes, Romney is spot on. 46.4% of Americans don’t pay any Federal Income Tax, according to Tax Policy Center. Everything that Romney describes as entitlements are indeed entitlements, as long as the government provides them – which it does. Everybody knows that the Democratic Party is a party of entitlements given that they want the government to provide subsidies for virtually everything. He said that he believes he will never convince these people to take personal responsibility; nothing is wrong with this statement.
So this means that people are freaking out over Romney saying that it’s not his job to worry about the people receiving the entitlements. However, people are taking this way out of context, especially given that Romney has mentioned that he wants to help the 5-10% of people in the middle.
The reason he’s not worried about the 47% of people who want entitlements is because they’re already receiving an exorbitant number of entitlements ranging from food stamps and medicaid, to full tax refunds. On the other end of the spectrum are the rich, who don’t get government handouts, nor do they need them. Then we have the people in between, who earn too much for welfare programs, and too little to live comfortably. These are the 5-10% of people who Romney wants to help.
It’s very ironic that Democrats are taking Romney’s comments out of context given that they recently freaked out over Republicans doing the same thing over Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comments. Hypocrisy at its best.
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