This is supposedly from Mitt Romney at a fundraiser:
“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 …
“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Yes it would be a terrible thing to have to represent the other half – the part that you think contributes nothing. But there has been a mistake, obviously. We were led to think that you were applying. Not to worry. You’ll be able to go back to Bain full time. We’ll entrust this job to someone else. In fact.. well .. we really already have someone. We can validate your parking though.
Update: The spin doctors are working overtime today. This is not a “gaffe”. He wasn’t ambushed. It’s not liberal media twisting his words. It’s just Mitt. He does not get what the job entails and he doesn’t even understand where he went wrong. He tells the Chinese factory story as if he envies the position that company is in. Incidentally Mitt, you may recall that Russia always claimed that the Berlin wall was to keep undesirables out. I’m not saying that’s the case here, but you could at least look below the surface – ask the people and not just the party official. Mitt also says that the Palestinians don’t want peace. He goes on to explain how the situation with the borders presents a security concern for Israel. Certainly some radical elements don’t and certainly the mainstream is not going to be for peace while they feel they are victims of occupation. But to make it sound like they don’t want a settlement is to dismiss the Palestinians as another group of people who can’t be dealt with and who he can’t be bothered to worry about. He admits that it’s a complex situation and he should know that it can’t be dramatically reduced. He doesn’t understand that the situation is a tinderbox. This will be a separate post, but someone neeerds to get him on record regarding the waiver of the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
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