By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the video that shook the pillars of the Mitt Romney campaign. If you haven’t, there are plenty of places to find out about it. Just search for “mitt romney 47%” and you’ll find more than you ever hoped to. If there’s ever been a single moment in this campaign that has been more scrutinized than this one, I don’t know what it was.
For those who don’t want to put forth the effort to read Romney’s words for yourself, I will repeat them here. Caught on a hidden-camera video at a fundraiser with wealthy businessmen, Romney said this:
“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. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Now, I don’t make a habit of calling people a-holes, but Romney comes off like a serious a-hole with this comment. Not only does he grossly misrepresent the people who pay no income tax, but he completely writes them off as unworthy of his attention. According to him, the staggeringly poor, the elderly living on a fixed income, veterans and students are all part of a left-wing cabal seeking to cheat real Americans out of their due as citizens. I can’t even begin to tell you how much BS that is. Suffice it to say that it’s a lot of BS.