He’s exactly right, so why the fuss?

Romney says that the 47% of Americans dependent on government will all vote for Obama rather than risk going off the dole and the press goes wild. But the only thing surprising about this is that a politician told the truth. The entire campaign has been about “them against us” – Romney is trying to appeal to those productive citizens weary of being sucked dry by the moochers, Obama’s bluntly warning his voters that their gravy train will be derailed by a Republican victory. “You wanna keep your food stamps, you damn well better vote for me” is the essence of the Obama vote-getting strategy.

So all that’s happened here is that the truth somehow leaked out – anyone who expresses “shock and dismay”, as the press seems to be doing, is just shucking. This really is a battle for the country’s soul and unfortunately, it seems that the mob is winning.

UPDATE: This, from Doug Ross:

Speaking of “writing off” voters, remember this golden oldie from The New York Times?

Obama campaign abandons white working-class voters

President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working-class voters, strategists claim.

For decades, Democrats have been losing more and more blue collar whites. Their alienation helped lead to the massive Republican wave in 2010, when the GOP wooed 30 percent more of them than the Democrats could. Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals…

‘All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment… and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic,’ longtime political reporter Thomas B. Edsall wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times… ‘The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort,’ he writes later.


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28 responses to “He’s exactly right, so why the fuss?

  1. Al Dente

    We can only hope that the vast majority of them are so whacked on welfare wine that they forget to vote.

  2. Anonymous

    Yup, I read that earlier and the headline was something like “How Romney just lost the election” so I read it with a sinking heart and then wondered what the fuss was about. Well, let’s hope the 53% who are paying the bills show up to vote and that most of them aren’t dumb enough to vote for The Won.

  3. Westchesterer

    47% of people are on the welfare state payroll. Telling them to vote against the welfare state is good strategy? They’re basically paid to vote for the welfare state.

    Good strategy is to go after China. There’s only one problem with that… AAPL, etc.

  4. Concerned

    Sorry Chris but i disagree. I think Romney does not understand that many of us read this, and think of his 13% tax rate, while we are paying in the high twenties, and find his comments hypocritical in the extreme. He is the extreme case of someone ‘living off the state’ instead of paying his fair share.

    By the way I say this as a republican who is desperately dismayed at the behaviour of our party’s leaders over the last several years, and the multiple extreme factions that now constitute the power base in our party. Maybe a hard dose of the real world is what is needed. Hopefully this is going to happen in the next 14 days to clarify a mandate which appeals to the American public, more likely I fear it will be real sole searching after an election loss from which a leader emerges to unite those factions.

    I like Mitt Romney as a person, and do not doubt his intellect, nor do I question his success in pursuing a centrist position in Massachussets. But no one can withstand the joint pressures of running for office and constantly appeasing so many ‘bosses’.

  5. Yesterday I looked into taking Spanish classes online for credit. I know it would be cheaper to do it through Adult Ed or by buying Rosetta Stone programs, but I want a certificate to show a continuance to add to my job skills. One online university had a truly outrageous cost, but the advisor on the phone told me, don’t worry about the cost – you can take out a student loan and if you teach for 5 years straight after taking the course, college loan debts up to $17,000 will be excused by the government. I don’t know if that’s true, but thought that if so, it’a an example of why our country just isn’t working. In my mind, if you hold a teaching job for 5 years, you should be able to pay back your loan.

    Maybe they should be offering a course in personal money management, but that would probably just be another way for the online credit business to cash in some more.

  6. hmmm

    peeps i think that is mostly true…the one simple fact this person might have left out is that you have to be teaching in the bronx or its equivalent…teaching at parkway school will not relieve you of the $17,000 debt. also there are differente brackets of relief, i think if you are a math teacher that number climbs to $24000, not sure..special ed teachers a little less…just bing it…

  7. hmmm


    he didn’t do anything illegal with his taxes…that was the rate and he paid his share.

    also aren’t you tired of paying the lion’s share if in fact you do? Let me understand what’s going on here…I played by the rules all my life, made every payment I had to and I/we are demonized…strange society we live in

  8. hmmm

    what’s the fuss all about you ask…

    people don’t like the facts: they rather deal with fiction, just ask bob:

  9. wickets

    “Obama campaign abandons white working-class voters”

    this should be the huffington post headline (lol)!!! romney needs to amp up the aggression

  10. hmmm

    i can’t believe that the obama camp is abondoning the white working class voters…the obama camp is just so out of touch and that is such a mean and hurtful thing to do…i mean to just alienate over half the country is very insensitive.

    the horror…

    let me see if i can find that on cnn.com…


  11. Balzac

    Have you heard of these Romney plans for regulation?
    Any new regulation which imposes costs on the economy must be offset by the elimination of an equivalent out-of-date regulation, so the burden on the economy doesn’t get worse. Any new regulation with an effect over $100 million must be approved by Congress, so elected officials actually take responsibility. Like all Presidents, Romney also promises to review all regulations and eliminate those which don’t work. Unlike all Presidents, Romney by temperament and experience could actually make the review meaningful.
    No, we haven’t heard of these practical policies from the silly media, which is in the tank for one of the Presidential candidates. We have to read about them in the underground press (National Review).

  12. Peg

    Balzac highlights the outrage of the decade. We no longer have any shreds of a free and open press.

    I remember reading about “Yellow Journalism” as a child, and wondered how people could have tolerated something so awful. Well; now I know as I am witnessing it. As Balzac says, if you’re not reading or watching from sources like National Review, WSJ, Fox News, etc., etc. then you are watching some fairy tale dreamed up by the liberal press and The One.


  13. Chimney

    The numbers are even worse than Romney says: 2011 population of 310M, 21M govt employees, 46M on food stamps, 9M on social security disability, and millions more on entitlement programs- it looks to me that well over 50% of the population is on the govt. dole.

  14. Chimney

    (see above: I forgot to list 100M on welfare.)

  15. Politico

    I’m all for rugged individualism. The problem with Romney is that he lacks any kind of empathy for those who are hurting. Was it Reagan or Bush I who said”…and we won’t leave anyone behind.” Sort of combined conservatism with compassion. To most Americans, Romney is the embodiment of 1980s greed and looking out only for yourself. As a result, he will never become President. However, I’d certainly make him head of a private equity firm.

    • What so many compassionate-sounding big government fans ignore, Politico, is the effect of their good intentions. The War on Poverty has destroyed the American black family, locked entire generations into slums, produced an 80% fail rate, defined as incompetent to read or write or compute at even a low-funtioning level, in our public schools, destroyed jobs and innovation through massive, crushing regulations and set the country on a guaranteed path to bankruptcy.
      So its people like you with such good intentions that are primarily responsible for the misery of those you claim to want to help. You’re either clueless or being deliberately blind, but the effect is the same.

  16. Politico

    CF: I’m neither clueless nor blind. I’d like to get to a smaller government and encourage, as I said, rugged individualism. I’m just criticizing the messenger, Romney, and I suppose you’re reacting to that. You’ve got to win the election before you can make government less involved in everyone’s lives.

  17. Concerned Taxpayer

    Concerned –

    13% of Romney’s income is a lot more than 100% of mine. Why do people always talk about “share” in terms of percentages? Is Romney and his family using more federal roads, demanding a bigger share of defense spending, or taking up a greater share of the federal budget than the rest of us? If he is paying millions and someone else is paying $50K, why isn’t he paying his “share” even if his rate is lower?

  18. Concerned Taxpayer

    Chris –

    I think black men have completely failed the American black family.

    Obama knows it and, if you haven’t noticed, he has kept Farahkahn, Sharpton and Jackson at bay. His comments about absent black fathers early in his presidency set the tone that he wasn’t going to be sympathetic to the whiny “million man march” group. I’m not an Obama fan but I think he got that part right. He is a good husband and father, and I only wish more men of all races were paying attention.

  19. OG17

    Alexis de Tocqueville is still relevant today:
    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

    Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

  20. Dollar Bill

    The Romneybot is complaining about Americans being freeloaders when there’s an excellent chance he’s one of them, as he’s refused to release his tax returns, even though he’s worth nearly half a billion simoleons. He’s beginning to sound like one of those arrogant, bloated plutocrats that OWS are talking about.

    On a completely unrelated note, look over there at those greedy Chicago teachers, and illegals mooching on food stamps!

  21. Balzac

    If you think Obama is helping the poor, and Romney is a greedy plutocrat, you’re stuck in the kalidescope media-world.

    If Romney was a greedy plutocrat, would he have ever quit Bain and taken a major pay-cut to assume the risk of fixing the Olympics which were half-failed when he showed up? Would he have run for MA governor? He is what he appears to be: the smartest, clean-cut, annoyingly effective hard worker around. Do you know many Mormons? Those of my acquaintance are very solicitous, respectful and ambititious.

    On the other hand, the Obama presidency has been the worst for income shrinkage, unemployment, and wealth inequality. Yes, inequality has become much worse under Obama, due to the massive unemployment (duh). So if prosperity of the lower class is your issue, you can’t justify re-electing Obama.

  22. Dollar Bill

    His campaign to date, Balzac, has been anything but “annoyingly effective.” It has been “depressingly inept” (David Brooks), and Bill Kristol has called his comments “arrogant.” And those are from his sipporters. What does this say about Mitt, if even his cheerleaders are ragging on him?

    • Mitt wants to reduce the number of poor people by making it possible for them to succeed. That’s not arrogant, that’s true compassion.
      Democrats want to keep the poor impoverished and add to their numbers because their political future depends on it- successful people don’t vote Democrat, resentful, angry illiterates do.
      The fact that David Brooks can no longer recognize this simple truth is proof that he’s spent too much time lapping from Pinch’s dog bowl.

  23. Dollar Bill

    All the resentment and anger I see CF, is coming from the plutocrats like Romney, who, after 30 plus years of favorable tax policies, and growing social and economic inequalities, believe that they “the rich” are the true “victims.” What kind of bizarro world is that? The middle class is under attack, and all the rich can do is whine and whine, when in fact they’ve never had it so good.

  24. Balzac

    $ Bill: please let’s pause in the rich man v. poor man fight, and observe things from a different angle. Governments at all levels (especially Federal) are taking a steadily increasing share of the economy: under 10% until 1900, 20% in the 1920s, 30% in the 1950s, 40% in the 1990s and 44% under Obama. The continuation of this rachet effect leads to economic failure, doesn’t it? We are seeing the beginning of the problem today. The locomotive is hurtling toward the washed-out bridge, and only the conservatives will talk about it. Meanwhile the liberals want to win votes by changing the subject, and seeking to touch everyone’s emotional soft spots. (As noted in the brilliant book Thinking Fast and Slow, when the emotions are engaged, reflection and quantitative analysis go out the window.)

    So: shouldn’t we elect someone with the courage to face the problem?

  25. Dollar Bill

    I don’t happen to think “courage” and Mitt Romney belong in the same sentence, do you honestly? As John McEnroe would say, you cannot be serious.