Mitt Romney wasn't kidding about the "47 percent". Romney told donors he attributes President Barack Obama's win last week to "gifts" the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Obama, Romney argued, had been "very generous" to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration's plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents' insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama's health care plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-age women to back the president.
The comments echo Romney's now-infamous "47 percent" remark about voters who would never back him because they "pay no income tax" and "believe that they are victims." And the rationale is similar to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's quip the day after the election that Obama played "Santa Claus" to voters, crafting big government policies to win support of gullible voters.
Couldn't have had anything to with him calling 47% of us takers who won't take personal responsibility for ourselves now could it? Or telling illegals to self-deport? Or saying "Corporations are people my friend"? Or Clint Eastwood and the empty chair? Or not releasing his tax returns? Or refusing to say what deductions he would cut while lowering the tax rates on the rich?
“Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.
At the same time, government-provided benefits —from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.
Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.”
Obama also said some rather eye raising things, like claiming that whites, gun owners etc were full of hate; it's just that the media loved Obama better.
And if you don't believe media support counts, from where do you believe a great proportion of the population gain their opinions from?
Anyway, Romney should have known that gifts buys votes; it's simple fact of modern elections. Elections have zero to do with whoever makes the better president (or prime minister), else we wouldn't have had either 3rd rate candidate. Romney's simply upset that he couldn't play the votebuying game as well as Obama.
@Politicskid People can "like all the free stuff they want"...But its nothing more than a right wing lie to suggest that Obama is offering any such thing...See that's another reason you guys lost...The right continues to invent distortions (about almost everything) and they actually believe this stuff...Then you guys get mad when the rest of us refuse to fall for your lies and distortions. So please feel free to exchange all of the BS you want, between you guys on the far right...But remember the rest of us are not going to fall for that junk......."Romney-Ryan-- (NOT)!!!
@Sonny I noticed your other reply to me was removed, wonder what you said. I am getting tired of liberals never talking about the fraud in the system. You'll always trot out someone in a wheelchair, or suffering from a pc disease, to say"this is why we have ssa, and disability". Maybe so, but there are people, ABLE bodied people who are bilking the system. you know it and I know it. Then there is my pet peeve, one of them anyway, WELFARE QUEENS. That my sister is one of, so I see it firsthand. She and her queenfriends working through ALL the benefits they are entitled to, yet didnt earn. I have heard them talking about the pay raise they are about to get, because they are preggers, again, and the guy is nowhere to be found, again, and the apartment they wont be paying for, and the food and electric and gas that they wont be paying for, and how they get about 2000 a month for each future inmate/welfare case. You know they exist. Are you and your lib friends going to do something about that? Or are we going to keep playing these games like those kids are nothing more than paychecks to them. Will we at least tell the welfare queens that 10 is enough, after that the tubes have to be tied?
Its one of the reasons yes. Baracka Claus is nothing but the "panderer in chief" and only thrives because the "entitlement" mentality has been pounded into the heads of the "gullible". Its a disgrace. None of these "dependent on the government" drones have any self respect. Its nothing but, "...I want, I want, its not fair, give it to me..." as long as the libs keep throwing around "non funded" freebies for votes, the country will stumble. How about every person in the country "paying their fair share", instead of stealing from others who happen to earn their money? If you've never paid into the system, you don't get anything out of it. How about stoping the TV ads in Mexico telling them how American food stamps are waiting for them once they get here? Greece is even laughing at us. That's sad.
@no bama. Sit back, enjoy the ride. It's coming. By April 1.2 mil jobs lost and hitting 14% unemployment. Yes, jump all over the messenger. Call me names. It's ok. Eventually you shall see. Mr O just pointed out today the "grand plan" to tax the 1-2% may backfire. In which case entitlements and the middle class will be taking the hit. Words come out of his mouth. But his actions belie the words.
Wow! Just as I thought that Mitt was going to be gracious in defeat, once again his true colors show through. You lost Mitt for a variety of reasons, the least of which is, you are simply out of touch. Please fade away, never to return.
Keyjo, who do you think has to manually-crank the automobile-elevator when the hydraulics are on the fritz? Mitt. Who do you think handles the monthly panic room-inspections? Mitt....and the dog doesn't tie it's own crate to the roof of the Holiday Cruiser...that's Mitt. The guy's probably tired from all of that.
No. The reason Romney lost is he and his crew were outplayed. But I have to say, it seems they really deserve it given their over the top reaction to the loss. Suck it up Right side, your sour grapes are hanging out for all to see.
It certainly wasn't because of the taxpaying Americans that he lost! So who else do we blame? May be the people who don't pay their taxes, and rely on Obama's Team for free stuff earned by the taxpayers!
Gee? I pay taxes and I voted for Obama. Gosh darn it! In fact everyone I know works and pays taxes. They all voted for Obama. In fact five of the people I know who are unemployed all voted for Romney. Fools all thought he would get them jobs. I told them to get out and look for a job. They all said Romney would take care of it for them. Darn republican bums all wanting to be part of our 47%.
@VCP I never said that all of Obama's voters were living off of the government, I was just reffering to the people who were as the reason for Romney's loss! Also, who can blame your Republican friends? They obviously lost their jobs under Obama, why would you wanna reelect the same guy who screwed you the first time around?
Among the "gifts" listed in the article,i didn't notice any that would be seen as gifts to blacks. Forgiveness for college loans??? Thats not something traditionally targeted towards blacks. Extension of healthcare coverage to include adult kids??? This could describe anyone within our population demographic. Free contraception??? Again,this could be for ANYONE,not just blacks. If romney wants to say that blacks voted for obama because of his race,then just say so but no one will believe that these "gifts" are targeted towards any ONE group or ethnicity. I must also add that with the black unemployment rate DOUBLE that of whites (an INCREASE of 14.3% compared to a DECREASE of the white jobless rate of 7%),how could ANYONE assume that blacks received any "gifts' from obama???? If anything,WHITES got a "gift" in the form of a few more jobs. I think this article is in REVERSE.
@mbill935 So lets use the same scenario but a DIFFERENT black guy. Lets say it was clarence thomas was running for pres...how many blacks would vote for him just because he's black???(here's a hint; not to many) Black conservatives are eviscerated in the black community. In this case,political ideology matters more than color.
Words well spoken.Owebama bought his election with food stamps welfare ,illegal alien amnesty ,owebama phones and class warfare against the successful . Romney did not mention the voter fraud and the electoral votes that were paid for. LMAO hope this gets you liberals going real good.P.s.I fired 23 idiots with owebama bumper stickers today Sahara
This guy is full of CRAP!... Obama has NOT done anything even remotely "special" for blacks or latinos...He has always stayed focused on ALL of the electorate and not any single ethnic group. For this guy to suggest this BS---just further amplifies how out of touch he & his plutocrat party is with the rest of the American people...He is now officially IRRELEVANT...And simply needs to go away...somewhere and count his money in peace!
@Politicskid I think that first of all your "hand outs talking point" is BS!---Second I am all for NOT letting people starve & die...even if you and your loser candidate don't give a damn about anybody but your sorry selfish selves...Some Americans Do care about Other Americans....And, until and unless you personally ask each and every person why they voted the way they did (and by the way---its really none of your damn business)...then you are just talking trash because YOU did not get to have your selfish way...Get over it!
@Sonny Okay, now you've made it personal. You've cold me selfish and uncaring. You really think I wouldn't like more government help for me personally? I'm close to college, and I could really use more scholarship money. But I don't want it because I know it will help our country in the long run if I just work longer hours, because I know I can do it.
You seem to think that republicans want to reduce entitlements because they are greedy. This is flat out false. We know that less entitlements produces more productivity, income mobility, and a better economy. Your insults show how little you know about politics.
By the way, my "selfish" way is the way this nation has been run from the start...low regulation and taxes, and high freedom. It's what made us great, and it's what will keep us great.