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Romney is right about the 47%

posted at 7:28 am on September 19, 2012 by

Republican Nominee Mitt Romney…

The Ed Morrissey Show,with Investors.com’s Andrew Malcolm, had a discussion about media bias yesterday – which highlighted how they still have some pull shaping the narrative, especially when it’s a concerted effort.  Thankfully, the proliferation of blogs have been able to blunt or outright debunk the various narratives the mainstream media disseminates daily.  Nevertheless, Morrissey mentioned that when the lack of security at some of our embassies was starting to gain traction – the “47 percent” video was released and the whole picture changed.  After all, when you have reports that the president decides to forgo intelligence briefings, which make him look weak and unprepared as commander in chief – then you must initiate secondary protocol.  And that’s what the left did.

Sadly, I passed out early last night due after a recent bout of insomnia, but Allahpundit posted about this “earth shattering” event on September 17.  The video has the Republican nominee saying:

‘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…

‘And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49 … 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. So 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 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.’

However, the exact number does vary. In February of 2012, Rob Bluey over at Heritage reported that 49.5% – or 151.7 million Americans – don’t pay any federal income taxes, which is up from 14.8% in 1984. Patrick Tyrrell, also at Heritage, posted yesterday that 48.87% don’t pay income taxes.

Regardless, is this more controversial than when Obama said that rural voters “get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion?”

Romney does have the misfortune of having a horrible relationship with the press.  Granted, Americans didn’t like Bush, but he had a good relationship with the media thereby they allowed some things – de minimis things – skate by.  With Romney, everything is scrutinized.  However, Romney’s statement rings true.  The more people who aren’t responsible for a government they aren’t paying for leads to perverse behavior.  They have zero incentive to restrict it’s size  – which George Will remarked at CPAC in 2010 represents a “classic case of moral hazard.”

Additionally, there is entitlement/dependency agenda, which is why the left is so appalled. In the left’s eyes, the more people on food stamps or a government program represents an equalization of outcome that increases the public good.  Hence, why the Dependency Index has increased 23%under the Obama administration.  In fact, Tyrrell wrote:

The Index rises 3.28 percent in next year’s report, for which 2011 is the latest year the underlying data are available. It is adjusted for inflation, so it rises or falls because of spending in real dollars. The updated Index reveals:

  • Government dependency jumped 3.28 percent in 2011, with the largest increases in higher education loans and grants and in retirement spending.
  • This is the fourth year in a row that the Index has risen, rising 31.73 percent in that time.

 

After all, this is the administration that thinks food stamps are a form of economic stimulus. 

Lastly, 49 million Americans will become dependent on government-run health services once Obamacare is fully implemented.  An event that will also lead to 20 million Americans losing their health care coverage according to the CBO.

While the left will hammer Romney as being out of touch or racist, what he said isn’t controversial in the slightest.  There is an entitlement mentality and a dependency agenda peddled by the left that seeks to grossly transform the socio-economic fabric of this country.  With an increasing number of dependents and an incrementally smaller tax base to support them – Tyrrell and other conservative commentators warn that  “…the conjunction of these two trends… concerns those interested in the fate of the American form of government.”

Also, “in last year’s 2012 Index of Dependence on Government, it was reported that 70.5 percent of federal spending goes to dependency creating programs—showing that the often-repeated mantra, ‘We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem’ could not be more true.”

For those of us who pay taxes, and yes I am one of them, the burden of the state is becoming increasingly heavier and changes need to be made to end this “war on responsibility.”

Getting heavier…

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Destruction of the secondary protocol:
“But what about their fair share? Their “fair” share? Their fair share?
Your words Mr. president. Over, and over, and over, and over, and yes I too feel the world is a little more complicated than that, but these are your words, your rules of engagement so I ask again Mr. President, when almost half of the people of this great nation pay no income tax, how is there a “middle” for any class, and how is that paying your fair share?

onomo on September 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Well Lookie there, at the 2002 point. See that steep incline… It all started under Bush…

Just say no to Progressive (R)

Romney may have called the leeches out, but he still likes there to be something for them to leech off of.

Republicans, CONPreservative, preserving failed and failing progressive policies for future generations to suffer with since 2012!

Pass a Cap and Balance Amendment! Make it front and center!

astonerii on September 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

And Mr. president, when obamacare begins, enforced by the i.r.s. of course, it will be the biggest…wait for it… tax increase in the history of the galaxy, on just half of this nation. All expenses paid by just half.
Please place “fair share” into that scenario.

onomo on September 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Someone remind me –
Didn’t Obama cut the employee portion of payroll deductions?

2nd Ammendment Mother on September 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

However, the exact number does vary. In February of 2012, Rob Bluey over at Heritage reported that 49.5% – or 151.7 million Americans – don’t pay any federal income taxes, which is up from 14.8% in 1984. Patrick Tyrrell, also at Heritage, posted yesterday that 48.87% don’t pay income taxes.

True, but the fundamental problem with Romney’s statement is that not paying income taxes isn’t quite exactly the same as:

…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.

Sorry, but Romney stepped in it.

ddrintn on September 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Romney is right in that there are a large number of voters who will vote for Obama in hopes that the gravy boat reaches the pier.
He is wrong in conflating the dependency numbers and those of people not paying Federal income taxes. There are a lot of people who pay property taxes, state and local taxes and other federal taxes, who don’t have enough income to pay Federal income tax, (millions of seniors for example) who will vote for fiscal responsibility.
There are likewise millions of Americans who receive some form of benefits who can be persuaded to do what’s best for the country. From the standpoint of the typical amoral campaign hack, it’s a near impossible task. That’s when a candidate needs to show some leadership and run a campaign for America.

halfbaked on September 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

“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. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich.”

This is where the Republican party messes up. They seem to think that only the rich who pay taxes are interested in lower taxes and that us poorer people like taxes. The government takes a large chunk of money from me every two weeks when I get paid. I don’t make a lot of money, but I’d be happy to be able to keep more of it. It seems like a lot of really rich democrats support Obama and I’m sure that they’re not in the 47% of non-income tax “leeches”. They call programs that Americans have paid into all their lives “entitlement programs” like we shouldn’t think that we’re entitled to the money the government forced us to give them. I know die hard Republicans that start to steam when programs that they paid into are called entitlement programs and put on a par with welfare. The Republicans are not very good at messaging.

Ibanez Lotus on September 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Romney does have the misfortune of having a horrible relationship with the press. Granted, Americans didn’t like Bush, but he had a good relationship with the media thereby they allowed some things – de minimis things – skate by. With Romney, everything is scrutinized.

This is a bit of re-written history. I don’t recall President Bush having a good relationship with the media. Did the author forget about “my pet goat” stories and stategery and nucular? Maybe the author meant to write “Republicans have the misfortune of having a horrible relationship with the press, including President Bush and Mitt Romney.”

Not sure what the point of the Bush/Romney comparison is.
I and many other Americans still like George W. Bush. He made mistakes, but he is not the evil Bushitler nazi that the media painted him to be. The author may be surprised to know that there are a lot of Americans who don’t like Romney.

Ibanez Lotus on September 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I am surprised Vespa totally misses the point here, which is that Romney’s claim is wildly inaccurate.

For example, seniors make up a huge part of the 47% “takers” and they vote Republican. As Bill Kristol points out, other GOP leaning constituencies such as the military are part of the dreaded “47%” too. Heck — among the poorest Americans who do bother to vote, 30% voted Republican!

Opinion polls suggest Romney’s big problem is ordinary voters believe he does not understand their problems and concerns — that his policies (tax cuts for the rich etc.) will not bring relief to the middle class. The latest gaffe is yet another nail in Mitt’s coffin.

mlindroo on September 20, 2012 at 3:22 AM


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