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Romney tells the truth about dependency
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, 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 of them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it."Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, from secretly recorded remarks at a fundraiser
Mitt Romney told the truth. His numbers may be debated, but Romney told the truth about government dependency and the baseline for liberal Democratic presidential candidates. Harry Hopkins, a top aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the most liberal president in American history prior to President Barack Obama, summed up liberal electoral strategy a lifetime ago. "Tax and tax, "Hopkins said. "Spend and spend. Elect and elect."
Romney may have missed the mark on the exact numbers and many will attempt to repudiate his argument with phony philosophy as they try to refute the shocking reality of our growing welfare state. But data doesn't lie.
Romney said 47 percent of Americans are "dependent upon government" and said these 47 percent will vote for Obama "no matter what." While there's no way to prove that all those folks will vote for Obama, Romney was actually referring to a growing social and fiscal problem when he identified his "47 percent" as those who "pay no income tax."
In a 2010 column, I quoted Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation:
"The number of 'nonpayers' can be expected to soar due to programs such as President Obama's 'Making Work Pay' tax credit. We now have an enormous class of Americans who are disconnected from the cost of government and have no skin in the game, and that is not good for democracy. It's a very serious problem for not only our democracy but for our society to have so many people disconnected from the cost of government," Hodge said. "If you know someone else is paying for something, you'll demand ever more of it."