The 47%

Posted on October 4, 2012

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Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney has been receiving a great deal of criticism for his comments made back at a private fundraiser in May. The comments inside this fundraiser were never intended on being public knowledge. However, thanks to modern technology, just about anything you do or say has the chance to be recorded and posted online for the entire world to see. The media and Democrats quickly leached onto this and offered their own spin. But, to fully understand what Gov. Romney was talking about, we must step beyond the political pundits on television. The transcript, from Mother Jones website, is below. Reading the question and answer in full is essential for understanding the context.                 

“Audience member: For the last three years, all everybody’s been told is, “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you.” How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections, to convince everybody you’ve got to take care of yourself?

Romney: 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 that 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. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…” (Recording Stops)


I will admit, the statement could have been said in a more tasteful way. There is a much more sensitive way to say something like this. Nonetheless, it was true. What Romney is saying is that President Obama is basically guaranted 47% of the electorate. These 47% of people  “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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” are Obama’s ‘guaranteed’ votes.

Let’s be honest;  isn’t this what a Democrat is – someone who believes in government assistance to those in need? I have always thought and observed this. If so, what is the bug fuss? The man was telling the truth. The delivery was just off.
It is like trying to tell a young child his dog died. A parent has two routes to take. They can tell him the dog got ran over and its blood was smeared all on the pavement, or, they can tell the boy that his dog when to a big, beautiful farm to play with other animals.

Don’t both of these tales speak truth? The only difference is the approach. The parents could either sugar coat the truth for the kid, therefore possibly preventing him from being traumatized, or they could just tell him like it is and toughen him up.
Mitt Romney told it like it was. Why all the outrage? The media and democrats like stuff to be sugar coated. Why do you think President Obama can give these fluff speeches and attack Romney, but yet face no criticism of his own record from the media or democrats? It is because he has entrapped them in a sugar pit. President Obama is not alone in this. Nearly all politicians are swimming in a sea of sugar these days. It’s very rare when you see a politician tell it like it is these days. Campaigning is almost like a theater play or movie; everything is ultra-scripted.

Romney told the crowd at the fundraiser the hard truth. Democrats and the media don’t like the truth if it makes them look bad. Regardless, Romney is telling the truth. Obama has 47-49% and Romney has 40-45%. This leaves 5-10% of the electorate undecided to reach out to for support.

Gov. Romney was asked how he could win. He was saying he would focus nearly all his attention on the 10% of undecided voters. He said that they would decide this race. This assessment is true as this country is incredibly divided politically. Democrats are going to vote for Obama and Republicans will vote for Romney. There is no question to it.

And let us not forget, President Obama is not worried about Romney’s portion of the vote – his teleprompter just hasn’t told him to say it yet.

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