By now you’ve seen or heard of the surreptitious video from a Romney fundraiser in Florida last May, in which he denigrates 47% of U.S. citizens as “people who believe they are victims” and who are “dependent on government.”
These dependent leeches, Romney said, believe they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
Left unsaid was the fact that a large percentage of the cited 47% are retirees utilizing Social Security and Medicare (which they have paid into all their working lives), or students seeking government loans. All are apparently dependent victims.
“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney added. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
The video was an excerpt from an hour-long recording obtained by Mother Jones magazine. In another released excerpt, Romney was quoted as saying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would not be resolved because the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace”. As I write this post, the magazine has just released the complete video, which places Romney’s remarks in context. It’s available at the link above. (The candidate claims his statements were taken out of context; they were not.)
The Republican ticket grows more unbelievable each day.