“It’s shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” – Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager
CAUGHT ON tape.
Mitt Romney got chummy with his pals at a private dinner and Mother Jones caught the whole thing on tape. Some is bland, but if a politician is speaking off the record you can bet he’ll say something revealing, if not surprising.
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 is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” – Mitt Romney [via Mother Jones]
More remarks where that came from, via David Corn.
Romney talks the whole time about “us” and “them.” Republicans certainly don’t think Obama is one of them, but it’s about more than that. It’s about wrongly believing that government doesn’t have a role to play in a modern capitalistic society that is rigged for the rich, while still believing we’re living in 1950s America.