Mitt Romney’s comments at a Florida fundraiser in May, released today by the website Mother Jones, are a startling portrayal of the candidate’s views of those who need social programs.
Here’s what he said:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.…These are people who pay no income tax….
[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”</
This uncaring remark reinforces for many the idea that Romney can’t relate to those not considered to be among the elite in our society. It is completely disrespectful and should be criticized by both parties.