If you have been the least bit tuned into political news the past few days you know that there has been a considerable amount of flap over a video of Mitt Romney pigeonholing about half of the U.S. population.
While it is true that 46% of households paid no federal income tax, Mitt Romney’s statement that these people “believe that they are victims” and “believe the government has a responsibility to care for them” certainly is not.
First this ignores the fact that 1.5% of millionaires, 2% of Americans making between $200,000 and $1 million, and 3.5% of Americans making between $100,000 and $200,000 pay no federal income tax. Does Mitt really think that the “job creators” (millionaires) believe the government has a responsibility to care for them?
Second this ignores that once you add in all taxes, many in the “47%” actually pay a higher percentage of their wages in taxes than many in the 53%.
But the inaccuracies aren’t even the most disappointing part. Given how much conservatives have invested in beating Barack Obama they are coming out in support of Mitt Romney’s statement, with a few even calling it “courageous.”
How low has the bar been set when slandering millions of people behind closed doors at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser is courageous?
Is there a rational debate to be had about entitlement programs? Sure there is, but Mitt Romney did not make that argument. Instead he chose to pigeonhole millions of Americans to pander to a group of elites.
So while conservatives desperate to oust Obama continue to try to put lipstick on this pig there is one thing they can all be proud of: Mitt didn’t need any government assistance on his latest deregulation of the mouth, because the firestorm regarding these remarks, well, Mitt built that.