David Corn, Washington correspondent for Mother Jones news published an article yesterday (September 17) based on a video taken at a Romeny fund raiser in May of this year. Corn appeared on the Monday Rachel Maddow Show and discussed the video and its background. Click here to go to the Rachel Maddow Show and then select the first video clip. Corn divulges a great deal of background information that is not in his Mother Jones article which follows.
When he doesn’t know a camera’s rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.
—By David Corn
Mon Sep. 17, 2012 1:00 PM P
During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:
“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.”
Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Mother Jones has obtained video of Romney at this intimate fundraiser—where he candidly discussed his campaign strategy and foreign policy ideas in stark terms he does not use in public—and has confirmed its authenticity. … Read More and See Video
In a New York Times Op-Ed, David Brooks explains why Romney’s conclusions are wrong and why Romney seems clueless about the people he wants to represent.
By David Brooks
Published: September 17, 2012
In 1980, about 30 percent of Americans received some form of government benefits. Today, as Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, about 49 percent do.
In 1960, government transfers to individuals totaled $24 billion. By 2010, that total was 100 times as large. Even after adjusting for inflation, entitlement transfers to individuals have grown by more than 700 percent over the last 50 years. This spending surge, Eberstadt notes, has increased faster under Republican administrations than Democratic ones.
There are sensible conclusions to be drawn from these facts. You could say that the entitlement state is growing at an unsustainable rate and will bankrupt the country. You could also say that America is spending way too much on health care for the elderly and way too little on young families and investments in the future.
But these are not the sensible arguments that Mitt Romney made at a fund-raiser earlier this year. … Read More
From the Mother Jones front page
Guests paid $50,000 a plate to hear the GOP candidate describe Obama voters as moochers.
Washington Post The Fact Checker gives Romney Three Pinocchios for his comments about the 47%.