Back in May, Governor Romney said this:
There are 47 percent of the people who are with them, dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, food, housing, you name it. That’s an entitlement and government should give it to them. They will vote for the president no matter what. These are people who pay no income tax. So my job is not to worry about those — I’ll never convince them. They should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
After a few weeks of criticism and what’s been viewed as a winning debate performance, he said this in an interview with Sean Hannity:
Clearly in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you will say something that doesn’t come out right. In this case I said something that’s completely wrong.
And I absolutely believe, however, my life has shown that I care about 100 percent. And that’s been demonstrated throughout my life. This whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent.
There are two things I found especially appalling about Governor Romney’s remarks – that he stated he “didn’t care” about half the country and that he has the beliefs he has about that half – that they’re dependent on government and REFUSE to take responsibility for this lives.
I’m willing to give Governor Romney the benefit of the doubt when he says that he cares about 100 percent of the people in this country. I don’t know his heart and he may well care about everyone in this country in some fashion.
Left unadressed by Romney’s interview with Hannity, as far as I can tell, is whether his beliefs about the characteristics of the “47 percent” have changed. Does he still believe that:
- They are wallowing in victimhood?
- That nearly 150 Million Americans REFUSE to take responsibility for their lives?
- They believe it is the government’s responsibility to feed and house them?
If he does, I think that’s still an appalling insult to half of the people in this country. If he doesn’t believe that he should be forced to explain either:
1) Why he lied to his fundraisers in May. Why do his backers want to hear that half of the country is sunk in victimhood?
2) If he wasn’t lying to his fundraisers in May, what happened between now and then to convince him that his beliefs about the 47 percent were mistaken?
If he can’t supply a credible answer to the questions above, he shouldn’t be President.
Finally, Governor Romney may indeed care about the 100 percent. But if he still has the mistaken belief that half of the country are moochers who accept no responsibility for their lives, his proposed “cures” are going to do more harm then good.
Source for Romney Quotes:
EARLY START WITH JOHN BERMAN AND ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, October 5, 2012 – http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1210/05/es.02.html
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