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Romney Laments That Voters Wanted “Free Stuff”

Romney Laments That Voters Wanted “Free Stuff”
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In a Wednesday conference call with donors, Mitt Romney blamed his defeat on the obvious culprit: all the freebies that Barack Obama gave away to Democratic voters — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

If you’re a member of one of those communities, and you’re wondering where your free gift is, it may help to understand that Mitt Romney has an odd definition of the word:

With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.

Not only are a couple of those flatly untrue (nobody forgave college loan interest. Congress just voted to keep interest rates from rising; contraceptives are only “free” for people who already have insurance coverage), but Romney’s examples of “gifts” turn out to be simply the kinds of things that Western governments do, like ensuring that people have adequate access to health care and education.

Romney’s formulation was no accident. The statement was perfectly consonant with Romney’s earlier campaign gaffes. In fact, based on this statement, it’s pretty clear that the most damaging things said by Romney weren’t gaffes at all — they were just an honest expression of his worldview.

47 Percent Free Stuff

Romney’s “47 percent” gaffe has been credited with sowing the seeds of his defeat. It’s worth revisiting, because it’s so very similar to the lamentation Romney delivered Wednesday.

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.

This is the way Romney views the world — makers versus takers. It goes without saying that the Democrats, and especially the African American and Latino communities, are the takers, demanding free stuff from captains of industry like Mitt Romney. That some people might view health care, food, and housing as less a freebie and more a basic human need seems to completely elude Romney. The idea that there’s a societal benefit for keeping the populace clothed, fed, and healthy is alien to him.

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6:45AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

He sounds like a sore loser and a whiner, he should have had solutions and presented a strong platform, a map on where and how he would have driven this country.
He did not do that; he was empty words and shallow.
He lost because Obama appeared to be the lesser of two evils or better the devil you know than the devil you don't. Believe me, many voted like this too.

4:57AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

I think he was right but shouldn't have said it because it sounds like sour grapes.

1:01PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Wow Niles, thanks for the link, if that is true it is very disturbing stuff!

7:47AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

This is interesting: "How the U.S. Election Was Planned to Go and How the Plan Came Unglued"

2:09AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Mitt, Mitt, Mitt .... sigh

1:59AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

David & Susan, please try to refrain from the personal attacks, and as the recipient of that sort of thing somewhat often for speaking out in a way that sometimes is not with the "popular vote" in a topic, I "get it" how easy that becomes a personal feud. However, looking down thru comments, I fail to understand what Susan's personal eating habits has a thing to do with the topic, which is Mitt Romney being a dunce and a SORE LOSER in a political campaign.

7:25PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

David F. writes "It took 6 post for Susan to admit she was “disgusting, and killing defenseless animals” as she spits at others, now she blames me for her truth." You know David, I have never said anywhere that I'm a vegan. If you look at my profile, you will see that I am an aspiring vegetarian. It's not like I'm hiding it. So, I don't know what you think you "got me to admit" as it was out there for anyone to see. It doesn't mean that I take a gun and go out and kill defenseless animals for pleasure which is what you and I were discussing. Do, I like the way animals are slaughtered to provide food for humans to eat, no, I don't. If you think this makes me a hypocrite so be it. I'm at least working on it. What's your damn excuse? You're just disgusting all the way around and it doesn't appear you're working on anything. You seem to think you're just fine the way you are. I don't like you, but then I doubt that surprises you.

1:39PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Green star to Cletus W.

11:39AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

David F.: There you go again..."there existed no conservative media in 91 to challenge them."
No "conserbative" media in 1991?.....

Now, I've warned you repeatedly not to use the term "conservative", as your comments once again reveal that you have no more clue as to its real meaning than you do of the term quantum chromodynamics.

Of all the people that are now freely taking dumps on your empty head, when you can point out the true conservative, get back to us. And we might then let you expand your vocabulary

Otherwise, your pathetic used-car-salesman attempts to pawn-off on America your rightwing 'lemons', like the idea of the fair tax, and your continuing inability to defend your 'lemon' ideas by cogently responding to the points that others have made concerning your version of the fairytale.....these shortcoming once again identify you as just another mindless sucker at the teats of the rightwing underbelly.

11:01AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Amusing that Romney should be saying this, as it seems to me he was quite prepare to give very large gift to the super rich by not raising their taxes. His behavior and comments are enough to make one wonder what the temper tantrum behind the scenes must have looked like.

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