"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. "First off(ense), the 47 % willard is talking about is the 47%, out of the current 48.3%, that support the Re-Election of President Barack Obama. According to willard that 47% is completely made up of self-proclaimed "victims" who are "dependent on the government". To all those who do support the President and aren't a retired senior, veteran, student, unemployed or working poor, I'm sure willard didn't mean you. If he ever speaks to you I'm sure he'll say the opposite. The 47% of people who do not pay federal income tax, which does not mean they do not pay taxes, are broken down like this according to the Tax Policy Center. 44% are paying no income tax due to Elderly tax benefits, 30.4% due to credits for children and earned income tax credits, 5.6% for education credits, and the remaining 19.9% are due to tax exemptions, deductions, capital gains and dividend rates. If willard releases his tax returns for years prior to 2010, we may find out that he is part of the 47% that support the President. There's something else wrong with this statement, which is even more offensive when heard/seen than read. More Americans paying no federal income tax live in states that support willard than states that support the President. It isn't even close. The people that do not pay federal income tax include seniors, students, veterans, and those making than $30,000 in income. Imagine for a second, living on less than $30,000 per year. Now imagine it with a family. Middle class and wealthy families are also included in the 47% that pay no taxes. The most offensive part of candidate willard's statement is that his "job is to not worry about those people" and that they will never be "convinced that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives". Tell that to a senior who paid into social security and medicaid there whole lives. Tell it to a student trying to pay their way through college. Tell it to veteran home from serving his or her country. Tell it to a poor person working any job they can to keep food in their children's mouth. Yes, I believe that All people are Entitled to food. I assume by his statement willard thinks the We should just let people starve.
Candidate romney claims that "95% of life is settled if you're born in America". Not everyone was given stocks and money from their car company owning, Governor father when they graduated from their provided for Ivy League education, willard. I thought you and yours said that you build your own success and it has nothing to do with the United States government or it's policies. The video from the $50,000 a plate event continues with willard giving his fatalistic, "kick the ball down the field" example of leadership when it comes to striving for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and more of his foreign policy (not) know how when it comes to diplomacy. His saber rattling on Iran's still non-existent nuclear program was much less believable and much more rehearsed than his republican presidential predecessor. Candidate willard called the President's foreign policy approach naive. This from the foreign policy wizard who undermined the United States Government and its Commander in Chief while Our embassies were under attack and who's stance on Russia (yes folks we are still in the cold war) has lead to vlad putin thanking him. His dillusions actually have him and his believing violence won't occur simply by him being in office. Now that's naive.
Perhaps the most ridiculous statement in the "secret video" was willard's comment on how much better he would have it if his father was Mexican born:
"my dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in Mexico. And had he been born of Mexican parents I'd have a better shot at winning this, but he was [audience laughs] unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico. They'd lived there for a number of years, and, uh, I mean I say that jokingly, but it'd be helpful if they'd been Latino…"First, his father was born in Mexico because his American born father (willard's grandfather) moved there to be a polygamist, fleeing the United States laws against it. Secondly, the idea that the current republican nominee would be better off if his father was a Mexican is ludicrous and unbelievably out of touch with the malevolence with which Mexicans and other immigrants are treated in this country, particularly by his party (see immigration policy and birther movement). And of course it assumes that Latinos will automatically vote for a Latino candidate no matter their position on say... immigration.
Candidate willard is a man concerned about taxes but thinks we have no right to be concerned about his. A man whose father put him on third base with a world class education and stocks and cash to get him started, but claims to have built it all by himself. A "man" who built his success by the gordon gekko method. First, you put as little of a down payment on a company as possible. Then borrow hundreds of millions to purchase full control of said company. Saddle the company with the debt from that loan, and then charge the company a management fee to tell them who to lay off and fire until they inevitably go bankrupt. A process by which willard made millions, ceo's and management got nice bonuses and workers lost their jobs and their pensions. Candidate willard is a "man" who won't mention his republican presidential predecessor but surrounds himself with the same advisers that got Us into this mess in the first place. A "man" who rattles his sabre about America's strength, even though he avoided fighting for his country in Vietnam by living in a castle in France to push his religion. I thought Vietnam Veteran John Kerry seemed French (or should I say Freedom). Candidate willard offers no specifics on any policy, no tax returns from before 2010, and no fight accept for cutting taxes even more for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Candidate willard is an empty corporate suit, the last choice of his party's primary (and there were some doozies!), and a weather vane on almost every issue. He is Not who I want running My Country.