Mother Jones’ David Corn has unearthed a video–apparently taped secretly at a Romney fundraiser–in which Romney talks candidly to his donors about the 47 million people–essentially moochers who consider food and health an “entitlement”–whose votes he doesn’t care about. His comments demonstrate an astonishingly unfeeling attitude about people less fortunate than him and his friends in the one percent. One could argue that all he’s saying is that he doesn’t need–and won’t get–their votes. But the callous, disdainful way he describes “those people” reveals an outlook that would undoubtedly be reflected in his policies. See for yourself and pass it along.
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.
He continued: “[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.”
By the way, Mother Jones also offers a very clear explanation of why 47 million people don’t pay income taxes.