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Mitt Romney and the 47%

Posted Sep 19 2012 6:22pm

Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President in the U.S., was secretly videotaped at a high end fundraiser earlier this year. Mother Jones released this video as part of their story:

SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters
When he doesn’t know a camera’s rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.

The main paragraph that is getting a great deal of focus is this one:

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.

Mr. Romney is incorrect on a number of facts and interpretations, as has been covered in many places.

In addition to the groups who are incorrectly characterized by Mr. Romney, there are people like my kid. Someone who is dependent on the people of the United States for support. First, remember, Mr. Romney, we are the government? I thought that was a Republican viewpoint. My kid being dependent on the people for support is the same as being dependent on the government.

My kid may never pay income tax. This is true. But I do. And I vote. And I don’t like my kid being your scapegoat.

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