One thing I’ve learned over the years is that truth is relative, especially in politics. While Mother Jones might be thinking they’ve really done Romney some major harm, I think they are sorely mistaken. First, let me point out what should have been bloody obvious from the start here – whoever got that video of those private fundraising events is not different from the Nixon operators that broke into the Watergate offices to spy on the Democrats. The fact that no one is pointing that out is thanks to Ford pardoning Nixon, and therefore setting the precedent that political spying is “A-Ok.”
Now, the next point that is obviously lost on the drooling media is that Romney was speaking the truth. Even better, it’s not altogether different from what he’s been saying on the campaign trail so far. Hell, Romney was possibly being kind, since thanks to Obama’s policies, almost 50% of all U.S. citizens live in a household where someone is receiving some form of governmental assistance. That was reported in May, so given the lackluster “growth” of the economy since, who knows? Maybe we’ve broken through that halfway mark by now.
Perhaps even worse than the media touchdown dancing the end-zone is the GOP establishment response. Seriously? They now think that it is a bad thing for the American public to know that major Romney donors would love to hear their candidate say that he’s not going to waste time chasing votes of Obama Zombies? And why exactly aren’t GOP strategists madly typing away right now, producing content for stump speeches that actually flaunt this little video?
Since the folks on the right are obviously slow on the uptake here, I guess it’s necessary to point out a few interesting points. Of course people that are dependent on the government, and don’t pay taxes aren’t going to give a rat’s ass about Republican principles or plans. That might mean that they might actually have to get off their collective (socialist) asses, and get a job. The economy sucks? There are no jobs? Go back to the previous stump speeches on real economic recovery, that includes offering some semblance of stability to business owners, so that they actually attempt to expand their ventures, and hire people! And yes, that means stop even suggesting that Obamacare is negotiable at all, since that’s arguably one of the biggest reasons why employers aren’t hiring. Sure, argue out a soft consumer market, and increasing costs due to rising fuel prices. But, the bottom line is that when businesses get nervous, the people get nervous, people stop buying, demand goes down, production goes down, job numbers go down, and then businesses get more nervous – continue, ad infinitum, or until the economy collapses. Simplistic? Yes. But that is the point. Voters aren’t pundits! They understand simple English, not jargon laden double-speak with graphs and charts.
And since I brought up Nixon at the beginning here, it wouldn’t hurt to point out a few simple things. The obvious would be that whoever got that video and released it, while the Dems might cry otherwise, is with them. (You know, the whole “if you’re not for us, you’re against us” rule.) So, why isn’t anyone saying that the Dems are so bloody desperate to keep the public from looking too closely at Obama’s latest string of severe screw ups, that they have resorted to publishing Romney’s speeches to the “inner circle”? Why isn’t anyone pointing out the obvious, that Romney wants his audience to give him money, so of course he’s going to point out that he’s not going to waste those dollars by chasing after votes from people everyone knows damn well would never vote for him in the first place? I know, in that beautiful Dem world of pixie dust and unicorn dreams, money grows on trees, and they don’t worry about whether or not they waste it. If you run out, you just print more – just ask Ben Bernanke. But, in the real world, where people actually earn their cash, the fact is that you have to prove you’re not going to waste that money before you get it. So, thanks lefties. You just firmly placed this campaign in Romney’s court – it’s the economy, stupid! I can just hear it now on the campaign trail – “I won’t waste the hard-earned dollars you pay in taxes. I don’t waste the dollars donated to my campaign, and in the White House, I will do the same. It would be my job as President to ensure that your dollars are not wasted.”
“Romney was possibly being kind, since thanks to Obama’s policies, almost 50% of all U.S. citizens live in a household where someone is receiving some form of governmental assistance. That was reported in May, so given the lackluster “growth” of the economy since, who knows? Maybe we’ve broken through that halfway mark by now.”
Liz, I know it pains you to acknowledge that the Bush years existed, but, well the reason so many people are on federal existence is because of BUSH’S mess. What Romney is saying is tantamount to pushing someone to the ground and then yelling at them for falling. There are two possibilities. He either meant what he said, or he said it to get money. Neither is especially appealing. Remember, if Romney wins, those who have been hurt the most from the economy that we have thanks to Bush will be in a worse spot, and if Romney loses he can at least go to the Caymans to play with his money.
Jon, spare me the “blame Bush” meme. It really is getting old. Until you can show me that 49.1% of American households were receiving some form of governmental assistance during the Bush years, your argument is meaningless. And as for your contention that this is no different from pushing someone down, then yelling at them, that is just sophomoric. The economy as it is right now is not just from Bush, but also from Obama. I’m sorry, but you can’t erase the past few years just to make yourself feel better. And as for yelling at people when they’re down, maybe that is exactly what they need. Obviously coddling them isn’t doing any good. We continue down this path, and forget about effective tax rates staying below 50%. We will end up in worse shape than the EU. But, at least you’ll all feel better about yourselves, that you’ve helped the downtrodden, by becoming one of their number. That is what you want, right? Everyone equal? No one having more than anyone else. Right?
” And as for yelling at people when they’re down, maybe that is exactly what they need. Obviously coddling them isn’t doing any good.”
Really? Republicans caused this mess. They have fought the Obama administration tooth and nail every day since he has been sworn in. Why? Because they are patriotic? No. Because they wanted Obama to fail. Just listen to Senate Minority leader Mitch the Turtle man McDonnell who said that Republicans first priority was to defeat Obama as opposed to, I don’t know, helping end the recession.
” I’m sorry, but you can’t erase the past few years just to make yourself feel better.”
Good point. Let’s look at all the Republican initiatives during the last couple of…oh, wait. No, they’ve been busy crying about birth certificates and Christmas being outlawed or some such nonsense. And of course there was the ‘party of no.’
” But, at least you’ll all feel better about yourselves, that you’ve helped the downtrodden, by becoming one of their number. That is what you want, right? Everyone equal? No one having more than anyone else. Right?”
You’re not an idiot, so I don’t have to tell you that the difference in pay between a CEO and one of his employees is, and how that gap has been growing and growing for decades. You’re not stupid. So why would you suggest that someone calling attention to a frankly dangerous trend makes one a socialist? Because when you do that, it makes you sound pretty goddamn dumb.
Your right it make you a communist!
So, your reading comprehension isn’t the greatest, huh?
I love the mental gymnastics that conservatives are demonstrating right now as they watch their nominated candidate snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The cognitive dissonance is deafening. I read this whole thing. One word can sum it up. Delusional. But keep firing up your base, even if that means that you end up burning all the moderates and independents that you’d need to actually help Mitt win an election.
Increasing the number of Food Stamp recipients by 2 million in 2 years by easing Clinton’s work requirements in the Democrat backed Welfare Reform bill: https://washingtonexaminer.com/crs-report-number-of-able-bodied-adults-on-food-stamps-doubled-after-obama-suspended-work-requirement/article/2508430#.UFnPZLKPU1u
It is a good thing for people to be dependent on the government to keep food on their tables, instead of helping them to find jobs, right? And big businesses are evil, should be taxed to the hilt, because we need to make them give money to the poor, right? It’s much better to have those businesses give money, instead of using that money to expand, create more jobs, and decrease the number of people that need food stamps because they can’t find jobs, right? Just wanted to make sure we all understand what you really want.
Again, Liz, this was in response to jobs being lost at a staggering 750,000 a month. The article you cited just suggested that Obama relinquished control to the states, which makes this the first time in awhile that a Conservative seems to be arguing against state’s rights.
Also, there is a difference between people who are dependent on food stamps because they can’t work and because they don’t want to work. And when has there been a Republican initiative to help people find jobs? They’ve been too busy stopping Obama’s works initiative (they’re number one priority after all is to defeat Obama) and demanding to see a birth certificate to do anything so blase as their job.
As for all of your other claims, don’t put words in the mouths of people you don’t agree with. Again, you are not an idiot, and when you claim that big business is a single entity you sound stupid. What liberals and Democrats object to are businesses operating unethically and without culpability in terms of public safety. The Republican complaint that this restricts growth should be a nonstarter to a rational human being. If a company can’t behave in a safe and ethical way, they need to change their practices. Everyone likes it when companies grow and are able to hire more people, but when that growth comes at the cost of public safety than there is a problem. Jobs are great, but they are not sacrosanct.
Oh, and just so no one is confused: The Obama administration offered waivers for states to opt out of welfare to work that had ideas to increase employment to offset the expense of those waivers. No waivers have been given. Will this fact get through the Conservative bubble? We’ll see.