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2012-09-17 08:30:55 PM  

RyogaM: Hey, guess what Mitt, some of those 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes? Those people you say think "they are victims" and "can't live without the govt.?" Well, uh, guess what?

Some of them regularly vote Republican.

That's right, not every Republican voter is rich enough to pay income taxes. Yes, they pay other taxes, like SSI, sales taxes, property taxes. But not every Republican also pays income taxes. You just said those people are pretty much worthless, so, great job.

But, hey, if anyone on this thread actually thinks this is a GOOD thing for Mitt to say, I'm sure you will contact the Romney campaign and tell him to run ads with him saying the exact same thing with a better camera. No one thinks what Romney said was smart. It's what you expect to hear from a radio shock jock, not a major political party candidate. So, again, great job Romney, you twit.


You mean guys like this guy
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2012-09-17 08:31:45 PM  

Lawnchair: GAT_00: Is this where we pretend 'people who live off the government' only means minorities on food stamps and doesn't include the 40 million people on Social Security and Medicare, many of whom survive solely on those programs and vote Republican, or the defense contractors and the thousands who work for them who wouldn't have jobs without massive government funding, who also vote Republican?

This is the big, big question.

If Obama's people can convince Mr. and Mrs. AARP that he's very much talking about them (and there's no way to get anywhere near that 47% number without talking very clearly about them), then the election should be a bloodbath. On the other hand, though, there's no demographic whose allegiances are more well-cemented (not entirely one way or the other, but individually cemented) than the over-65 voters.


I have only my dad to offer up as an example here, but quite an example he is: at 72, a lifelong Republican fiscal conservative/social moderate, he just switched from R to Independent. And yes, as much as it pains him to admit it, he's voting for the Democrat for the first time in his life.

I don't think he's the only one.
 
2012-09-17 08:31:49 PM  
a completely unadvertised network (all of them) primetime news replacement broadcast of the complete video would have been the greatest October Surprise of all time . Surely the combined superpac $ could have afforded that.

Mitt might have actually dropped out.
 
2012-09-17 08:32:28 PM  

Gulper Eel: The number could be well higher than 47% given the massive deficits we run (and would run even if the defense budget was zero), but that would prove awkward for Mitt as well as Obama.

If you want to simply compare what we pay in federal taxes to what we get back in federal transfers alone, the bottom three quintiles come out ahead.

If you want to compare what we pay in taxes to all the spending, what P.J. O'Rourke found 20 years ago in "Parliament of Whores" is going to be even truer now considering how far in hock we are...

...that 95% of us are moochers.


Canada had debt problems in the 90s. We even had our credit downgraded to AAA to AA. We since recovered our credit rating and we have a balance budget predicted for 2016 and a 7.1% unemployment rate. You know how we did it? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't by cutting spending or social benefits.
 
2012-09-17 08:32:55 PM  

stainedglassdoll: The job market needs to be fixed. The ever widening income/class gap needs to be fixed. Without direct acknowledgment and plans for these remedies, the GOP won't solve any problems.


But what Romney want's to do is play class warfare and pretend why the country is not doing better is because of all the poor, old and sick people not working hard enough.
 
2012-09-17 08:33:57 PM  

stainedglassdoll: I am going to leave this here (Warning: citations and math ahead):

- 8.2% of unemployment payments are attributed to technical overpayment, but only 1.9% of unemployment welfare is due to fraud. So, ~90% of unemployment welfare is legitimate by current rules of eligibility.
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- Less than 25% of the entire federal budget goes to DHHS, the department that controls TANF (the program that funds poor families). Less than 2% of the DHHS budget goes to TANF. Mathematically, that means only 0.5% of the entire federal budget goes to fund low income families this way. Hardly the money sink the GOP is making it out to be. Furthermore, TANF is capped (lifetime) at 5 years, and 90% of recipients have fewer than 3 children.
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It is easy to blame the poor, to say they deserve it, to say they don't want to work, that they are lazy. Of course this is true for some, but not for all. It is easy to blame them because to accept otherwise is to admit that it could happen to you, and no one wants to believe that they could be burdened with misfortune despite good intentions and hard work and effort. But they not our enemies, they are friends, family members, coworkers, people like us.

The job market needs to be fixed. The ever widening income/class gap needs to be fixed. Without direct acknowledgment and plans for these remedies, the GOP won't solve any problems.


Didn't the Governor of Florida make the assumption that everyone on welfare were in fact drug users?
 
2012-09-17 08:35:52 PM  

Corvus: stainedglassdoll: The job market needs to be fixed. The ever widening income/class gap needs to be fixed. Without direct acknowledgment and plans for these remedies, the GOP won't solve any problems.

But what Romney want's to do is play class warfare and pretend why the country is not doing better is because of all the poor, old and sick people not working hard enough.


the contempt this silver spoon asshole has for the working poor genuinely angers me.
 
2012-09-17 08:36:00 PM  
This is Romney's "You didn't build that."

Except it's a legitimate dumbfark quote.
 
2012-09-17 08:36:20 PM  
Oh, this is just the mainstream media taking him out of context again. The first video cuts out the remainder of what he said. I've added it 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. There are 47% of this country who think they are entitled to tree fitty. WELL it was about that time I realized this was not the American people, but dat good for nothing Loch Ness Monster asking for more handouts again! So I said, "I ain't givin' you no tree-fitty, you goddamn Loch Ness Monster! Get your own goddamn money!"
 
2012-09-17 08:36:22 PM  
How about all the big corporations, who are huge donors to lobbyists and conservative candidate campaigns, who are dependent on the government for massive tax breaks (hey Mitt, GE doesn't pay taxes either), subsidized payments, and generous government contracts for goods and services?
 
2012-09-17 08:36:27 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Aarontology: "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,"

Yeah, those soldiers and veterans need to shut the f*ck up.

And old people and children.


And people that got laid off in 2008.

/ I collected UI for a few months...
 
2012-09-17 08:36:48 PM  
If you ever did wonder could the right really mean they don't care if certain segments of our fellow citizens died of illness and hunger in the streets, remember this video.
 
2012-09-17 08:37:04 PM  
Born on third, thinks he hit a triple.
 
2012-09-17 08:37:41 PM  

namegoeshere: I have only my dad to offer up as an example here, but quite an example he is: at 72, a lifelong Republican fiscal conservative/social moderate, he just switched from R to Independent. And yes, as much as it pains him to admit it, he's voting for the Democrat for the first time in his life.

I don't think he's the only one.


One can only hope. I see all the signs that suggest Romney is in trouble and his campaign is running full speed through an ice field, but I can't bring myself to be optimistic, yet.
 
2012-09-17 08:37:46 PM  
As it turns out, Mitt Romney is a really horrible human being. Who knew? Oh, wait, more than 47% of us did. Now, get your asses out and vote.
 
2012-09-17 08:38:48 PM  
FreeRepublic is gold on this:

If anything, this was leaked intentionally by team Romney because it's red meat for the base. I love it when people speak candidly and I believe this will ultimately end up being well received. No doubt, the Obamamedia leg humpers will try to make a controversy out of it but it only encourages me to support Romney even more.

3 posted on Mon Sep 17 2012 19:07:43 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by NoobRep

And the media thinks this statement will HURT Romney? Bwa-ahahahahaha.

6 posted on Mon Sep 17 2012 19:08:27 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))

I hope this is an intentional leak to start the much needed and long overdue conversation about entitlements in this country. It's just driving us off a fiscal cliff.

12 posted on Mon Sep 17 2012 19:12:22 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by NoobRep

Sure- Count all TSA workers, county, state and federal employees, welfare recipients, those on disability, illegals, public school teachers, administrators, assistants, principals, supervisors of assorted types, school bus drivers, gardeners, cleaning crew, SEIU types, and of course its 47% Obama. How else can anyone justify why one with Obama's record, a domestic and foreign policy agenda up in smoke and reduced in ashes, would not be behind by 10-15 points against any serious challenger. Add to this the tribal vote of Blacks, Hispanics, and liberal Jews, NARAL, the LGBT crowd, academics, and the trial lawyers association, and it puts Obama over the top. Anyone surprised that Obama will be re-elected and our nation will be over the cliff. Pray this would not happen but prepare for Third World status.

22 posted on Mon Sep 17 2012 19:21:28 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by Steelfish (ui)
 
2012-09-17 08:39:33 PM  
I see the whole "Welfare Queens" thing is making a comeback.
 
2012-09-17 08:39:43 PM  
You'd think if the democrats weren't so incompetent that they'd just hook another 4% of the voters on their government dependency program and have an unassailable majority.
 
2012-09-17 08:40:22 PM  

mrshowrules: Canada had debt problems in the 90s. We even had our credit downgraded to AAA to AA. We since recovered our credit rating and we have a balance budget predicted for 2016 and a 7.1% unemployment rate. You know how we did it? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't by cutting spending or social benefits.


I'm not sure the comparison holds. Isn't Canada's GDP less than the state of California's? Hardly the same scale of economy when compared to the United States.
 
2012-09-17 08:41:52 PM  
The American dream is a good job, a nice home, and a growing savings account.

The Repugnantcan dream is standing atop one of the ramparts of your mansion-fortress and beating off while watching the rest of society starve to death outside.

they can't be happy unless you suffer
 
2012-09-17 08:42:03 PM  
One of the things at work here (I think) is a Fundamental Attribution Error. In other words: If I fail it's because of circumstances beyond my control. But if YOU fail it's because you're lazy and stupid and you dress funny.
 
2012-09-17 08:42:27 PM  

MorrisBird: As it turns out, Mitt Romney is a really horrible human being. Who knew? Oh, wait, more than 47% of us did. Now, get your asses out and vote.


QFMFT
 
2012-09-17 08:42:33 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Born on third, thinks he hit a triple.


I've never heard that saying before, but as a sports aficionado and of literary metaphor, that is great!
 
2012-09-17 08:43:32 PM  

bootman: Romney told the contributors that "women are open to supporting me," but that "we are having a much harder time with Hispanic voters, and if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African American voting block has in the past, why, we're in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation."

That's some choice racism right there that is.


So facts are racist.
 
2012-09-17 08:44:38 PM  
I am voting for Obama. I am employed. I provide my own food and housing and pay for my own health insurance. To say that I, and the 47% of other Americans who will vote for Obama no matter what expect those things to be provided for me by the government is disgusting and patently false. Oh, and I also paid a greater percentage of income tax than Romney did last year.
 
2012-09-17 08:45:06 PM  
Mitt Romney dodged the war in Vietnam by moving to France, and he's now saying that disabled vets who rely on the government are losers.

Candidate Mittens is 100x worse than I ever imagined.
 
2012-09-17 08:45:39 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: mrshowrules: Canada had debt problems in the 90s. We even had our credit downgraded to AAA to AA. We since recovered our credit rating and we have a balance budget predicted for 2016 and a 7.1% unemployment rate. You know how we did it? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't by cutting spending or social benefits.

I'm not sure the comparison holds. Isn't Canada's GDP less than the state of California's? Hardly the same scale of economy when compared to the United States.


We raised taxes and regulated the banks. Canada is 1/10th the size of the US but our unemployment increase because we raised taxes. If you don't like the scale, look at the US's own history. There was a 65 year study published yesterday I believe that shows the raising taxes on the upper brackets has no impact on GDP or unemployment. Just consider Canada as an example of how well the US could be doing today if it wasn't for electing Dubya.
 
2012-09-17 08:46:36 PM  

mrshowrules: themeaningoflifeisnot: mrshowrules: Canada had debt problems in the 90s. We even had our credit downgraded to AAA to AA. We since recovered our credit rating and we have a balance budget predicted for 2016 and a 7.1% unemployment rate. You know how we did it? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't by cutting spending or social benefits.

I'm not sure the comparison holds. Isn't Canada's GDP less than the state of California's? Hardly the same scale of economy when compared to the United States.

We raised taxes and regulated the banks. Canada is 1/10th the size of the US but our unemployment didn't increase because we raised taxes. If you don't like the scale, look at the US's own history. There was a 65 year study published yesterday I believe that shows the raising or lowering taxes on the upper brackets has no impact on GDP or unemployment. Just consider Canada as an example of how well the US could be doing today if it wasn't for electing Dubya.

 
2012-09-17 08:46:48 PM  

tomcatadam: beta_plus: Taxing corporations does not work

Giving corporations tax breaks does not work either, particularly because they proceed to do everything BUT spending the money in a way that would even transiently be beneficial to their country or countrymen


Yes, because economic growth comes from the government.
 
2012-09-17 08:47:59 PM  
 
2012-09-17 08:48:14 PM  
Romney, in a different video from the series:
My heritage, my dad as you probably know was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico, and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this. [Rich donors cracking up]

But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lieved there for a number of years. And, uh, uh, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be, uh ... Latino.

--Mitt Romney
 
2012-09-17 08:48:34 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: mrshowrules: Canada had debt problems in the 90s. We even had our credit downgraded to AAA to AA. We since recovered our credit rating and we have a balance budget predicted for 2016 and a 7.1% unemployment rate. You know how we did it? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't by cutting spending or social benefits.

I'm not sure the comparison holds. Isn't Canada's GDP less than the state of California's? Hardly the same scale of economy when compared to the United States.


I went looking for some information on that and it seems there were cuts according to these guys

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evidently you can still have healthcare for everyone while you balance the budget though.
 
2012-09-17 08:48:44 PM  

Zasteva: Of course, once a government program is created to help people, it's absolutely reasonable that the people who qualify for it demand that they get it when they need it. Is there something wrong with that? Should they just sit quietly and hope that the someone notices they need help?


And it is also in the nature of even the most nobly-founded government programs to bear the seeds of their own eventual failure - once they are created, to grow beyond their original mission of meeting basic needs...to meeting political needs. This applies to defense, Medicare, any program sufficiently large enough to merit use for vote-buying.
 
2012-09-17 08:48:49 PM  

Nabb1: vartian: Dancin_In_Anson: they are "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,"

Is this an inaccurate statement?

No. I believe peopled are entitled to those things. It is farking ludicrous to even entertain the thought that 47% of the country agrees with me.

No, they aren't. You're not entitled to anything else from anyone else. Providing for those who cannot provide for themselves is charity, and there's nothing wrong with helping people. But no one has a right to demand the government provide them anything. "A government that has the power to give you something has the power to take it away." - Thomas Jefferson. If you can provide yourself with the necessities in life, you have no right to demand others do so for you.


A simple Google search shows that the quote actually originated with Gerald R. Ford.
 
2012-09-17 08:49:09 PM  

beta_plus: Corvus: What entitled "people" who pay no income tax may look like:

[ionenewsone.files.wordpress.com image 452x693]

Taxing corporations does not work. They do one of 3 things:
1) raise prices
2) cut dividends
3) fire workers


They will always pass the cost onto someone else.
This is not because they are evil. They are at a different point on the chain of production and consumption.

Try taking some basic non-Keynesian Macro Economics so you don't sound like an idiot.


Record profits.
 
2012-09-17 08:49:39 PM  

star_topology: shower_in_my_socks: Born on third, thinks he hit a triple.

I've never heard that saying before, but as a sports aficionado and of literary metaphor, that is great!



It supposedly was first coined by Okie and Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer. Then a speaker at the 1988 RNC said it, and I think that's when it really took off as a saying.
 
2012-09-17 08:49:53 PM  

mrshowrules: mrshowrules: themeaningoflifeisnot: mrshowrules: Canada had debt problems in the 90s. We even had our credit downgraded to AAA to AA. We since recovered our credit rating and we have a balance budget predicted for 2016 and a 7.1% unemployment rate. You know how we did it? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't by cutting spending or social benefits.

I'm not sure the comparison holds. Isn't Canada's GDP less than the state of California's? Hardly the same scale of economy when compared to the United States.

We raised taxes and regulated the banks. Canada is 1/10th the size of the US but our unemployment didn't increase because we raised taxes. If you don't like the scale, look at the US's own history. There was a 65 year study published yesterday I believe that shows the raising or lowering taxes on the upper brackets has no impact on GDP or unemployment. Just consider Canada as an example of how well the US could be doing today if it wasn't for electing Dubya.


No, I don't disagree with you. I just think that successfully implementing economic reforms in the US is orders of magnitude more difficult than in Canada, even if we had a Congress without its collective head up its collective ass.
 
2012-09-17 08:50:37 PM  

fusillade762: One of the things at work here (I think) is a Fundamental Attribution Error. In other words: If I fail it's because of circumstances beyond my control. But if YOU fail it's because you're lazy and stupid and you dress funny.


The Fundamental Attribution Error is the basis of all modern Republican beliefs.

If I write a book about Republicans, the title will be either:
Forever Wrong
The War on Facts
Fundamental Attribution Error
Farking Republican lying sack of shat skumbags.

I haven't decided yet.
 
2012-09-17 08:51:01 PM  
Dear Grammas and Grampas in Florida,

Mitt thinks you're lazy, and he wants to tax you more.


Dear Poor White People,

Mitt thinks you're using the Earned Income Tax credit to rip off America.

You are the 47%.
 
2012-09-17 08:51:32 PM  

beta_plus: tomcatadam: beta_plus: Taxing corporations does not work

Giving corporations tax breaks does not work either, particularly because they proceed to do everything BUT spending the money in a way that would even transiently be beneficial to their country or countrymen

Yes, because economic growth comes from the government.


Not because economic growth comes from government; rather because it has been demonstrated.
 
2012-09-17 08:51:48 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Then a speaker at the 1988 RNC said it, and I think that's when it really took off as a saying.



CORRECTION: A speaker at the DNC said it. He was talking about George HW Bush at the time, because his dad was former-Senator Prescott Bush. In short, the Republican Party is full of privileged douchebags who think they're completely self-made.
 
2012-09-17 08:51:53 PM  

Stahi: Hello, BBC.


Yup. And the Independent. The title? "Romney: it's not my job to worry about the poor"
 
2012-09-17 08:52:24 PM  
Romney buys a factory:
When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married.

And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours they worked per day, the pitance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10, 10 room, rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls per room.

--Mitt Romney
 
2012-09-17 08:52:25 PM  
"There are 47% 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."

Oh my god this guy is an asshole.
 
2012-09-17 08:53:32 PM  
Dear rich people and corporations: Romney wasn't talking about you when he ripped people who don't pay taxes and who get government handouts. Please don't cancel your checks to our campaign. -- The Romneys
 
2012-09-17 08:53:39 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Mitt Romney dodged the war in Vietnam by moving to France, and he's now saying that disabled vets who rely on the government are losers.

Candidate Mittens is 100x worse than I ever imagined.


You forgot to add that he protested in support of the war in Vietnam.
 
2012-09-17 08:54:04 PM  
At this point in the campaign is anyone really surprised he is an asshole?
 
2012-09-17 08:54:08 PM  
"95% of life is set up for you if you are born in this country."

Some of us with more than 95% than others.

Generally speaking though, he's right (depending on his context of course)
 
2012-09-17 08:54:14 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: How Jimmy Carter's Grandson Helped Leak the Secret Romney Fund-raiser Video


That's farking beautiful.
 
2012-09-17 08:55:27 PM  
Jesus it's the top story on BBC's website.
 
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