Originally, I figured he must have been mis-quoted. I figured that he may have said that he didn't care about the 47 percent of the US voters who are going to vote Democratic, no matter what. During the election, sure, it makes sense that he isn't going to care about die-hard Liberal voters. Why should he? But you know what? I actually listened to what he SAID. And while he started off talking about not needing to craft an election message to 47% of the voters, what he ended up saying was that these people are free-loaders and lazy. Now, again, he may have mis-spoken. I think he mixed up the 47% of the voters who will absolutely not support him with another 47% of people who pay no income tax. In reality, these are not the same groups of people. However, in his eagerness to make a point he *seemed* to be saying that they are the same 47%.
Disagree with me? Watch/listen to it yourself. Was this clip edited? It could have been, but it sounds pretty one-cut to me.
My gripe is pretty clear. If Governor Romney is in fact saying that he believes anyone who is supporting the President is a loafer or expecting entitlement of any kind, I am livid. I have been employed every day of my life since I graduated college. I am not a loafer and I do not expect any hand-outs. Did the government offer me student loans? Then I will take them, happily. (And I have already paid mine back, thank you very much.) Did the government offer me a tax break when I had a daughter between a certain age? Then I will take that tax break, willingly. Does the government allow me to save millions of US dollars in an untaxed Swiss bank account? Then if I had that money, Governor Romney, I would do what I could *legally* to take advantage of the system.
More so than the insult that he tossed at all Democratic supporters, I am dismayed that he is basically saying that IF elected, he would not even try to represent the entire country. It's not his job to worry about 47% of the American public? Wow. When was the last time we had a President who *actively* worked at representing everybody? President Reagan, maybe? More recently President George W was everyone's President for about six months after Sept 11. All too soon he wasted the public's good fortune on some mistaken idea that Iraq was involved with Al-Qaeda. And then it was back to normal, i.e. political hatred.
I know that during elections each party says things they don't mean or promise to do things they aren't going to do. But after the election, it's time to get back to One Country. I haven't seen that happen much since I came back to the US (in 2001). I know two people who tell me to my face, "President Obama is not MY President." That kind of talk really burns me up. Now we have Governor Romney appearing to say, "These people are not my people." Shame on you, Mr. Romney. Shame on you.
Again, if he mis-spoke then he needs to fix this. It sounds like he called 47% of the US population dead-beats, and that is NOT okay.