Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romney's Profundity - Part II

The now infamous Romney comments are all over the media lately.  Again, I am GLAD they are.  Just because the truth hurts doesn't make it any less true.  Romney stated that he hoped the rest of his comments would also be released and his hopes were answered.  The release of his statements was an effort to slam the Romney campaign, yet I continue to believe that Romney's comments will resonate with voters in a positive way.  For those living under a rock, Romney's comments are below:

"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…"

Romney's wish was Mother Jones' command and the rest of the comments were released.

“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to convince the five to ten 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.”

That first sentence is a very astute observation.  Anyone who doesn't believe it need only remember the hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans to shake you back into reality.  I have a difficult time understanding why anyone would be offended by the comment; that is, unless they fall into the category about whom the comment was made.  If so, refer to the third sentence atop this article.

Does the entire non tax-paying 47% to which Romney refers fall into that category?  Of course not.  Everyone knows there are legitimate reasons that place people into an income bracket beneath the tax roles.  Romney himself later stated that the elderly, military retirees, handicapped individuals, etc. are examples that fit that description.  But we all know fully capable people who will spend much more effort to mooch the system than they will to earn for themselves.  The Obama administration panders to this entitlement culture in hopes to secure the votes needed to win a second Presidential term.

It should be noted that the Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.  Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is that the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.