Romney's '47 Percent' Comment Offends Only Those Who Don't Mind Being Dependent

Kevin Price
By Kevin Price | September 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM EDT

The media has pounded on Gov. Mitt Romney because of some controversial remarks that he made in a recent speech. Once again the media, and the left, are declaring the Romney campaign “dead” because of his view of a huge number of the population.

The reality is, if Romney had expressed these types of views earlier in his campaign, he would have probably secured the nomination sooner. In spite of the late hour he made this statement, I think the potential is there for him to strengthen his position in the race for the White House. It shows a level of honesty that is neglected in politicians and demonstrates an understanding of the economic and social health problems facing the nation.

The federal government is like a sick alcoholic, consuming the incomes of both this and future generations. Meanwhile, most politicians are a part of that problem as either addicts or as co-dependents, by dismissing the seriousness of the problems we are facing. The US has a social and cultural problem of dependency and in these remarks, Romney shows that he might happen to have an understanding of the situation he will face if elected.  Here is that quote from the presentation:

Well, there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  All right?  There are 47% who are with him.  Who are dependent upon government, who believe that– that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.  But that’s– it’s an entitlement.  And the government should give it to them.  And they will vote for this president no matter what.

And– and– I mean the president starts off with 48%, 49%, 40– or he– he starts off with a huge number.  These are people who pay no income tax.  47% of Americans pay no income taxes.  So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.  And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich.  I mean that’s what they sell every– every four years.

And– and so my job is not to worry about those people.  I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.  What I have to do is convince the 5% to 10% 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.  What they– what it looks like.  I mean the– it’s the– the– when you ask those people– we do all these polls.  I find it amazing.  We poll all these people, see where you stand in the polls.  About 45% of the people will vote for the Republican and 48% or 49%–

Obama’s supporters are calling these words a “victory” for their team, because Romney’s sweeping statements potentially alienates such a large portion of the population. The reality is, those in this demographic group — the 47 percent — don’t all consider themselves a part of this number.

An excellent example of this are senior citizens, who perceive themselves living off of what they contributed to their retirement through Social Security.  In addition, there is a large number in this 47 percent who recognize they are in this situation because of government policies.  Many Americans have never been on unemployment or welfare of any type before 2009, but have been forced into it because of current circumstances. And maybe most importantly, many in this group have not realized, that they are a part of a dependence class and will consistently support a philosophy that may go against their lifestyle.

The only people who will likely be alienated by Romney’s statements are those who have become comfortable with dependence on government.  That number is significantly less than the 47 percent he is referring to in his speech. Meanwhile, the large number of Americans who have been saying this country is in a financial crisis will describe Romney’s remarks as heroic and, even past due.

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