Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mitt's Dirty Little Secret (Tape)

< "The overwhelming majority of voters who back President Barack Obama do so because they are "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing," Mitt Romney told a closed-door gathering of about 30 major donors earlier this year, according to video of the event that has surfaced on the Internet.

Oh Really?

Yesterday, The person who uploaded a series of potentially inflammatory videos from the fundraiser has claimed authorship of them in an email exchange with The Huffington Post. This source said he or she wishes to remain anonymous for professional reasons and to avoid a lawsuit.

The videos, which have created a buzz on the Internet, were blurred and at times blacked out to obscure the location of the filming, the source said. "I have obviously degraded the quality to attempt to camo the location," said the clandestine filmmaker. The original, which has not been posted in full, is very high quality, the source said.

The source has given the full video to Mother Jones' David Corn. The videos capture  Mitt Romney speaking loosely about Obama supporters, immigrants, privilege and a host of other controversial issues. The candidate seems unguarded and displays the sense of humor that is often mentioned by those close to him, but is so rarely on public display.

It's Mitt Romney's remark about the president's backers that might have the most potential to undermine his candidacy, however, as Mitt Romney seeks to persuade people who voted for Barrack Obama in 2008 to switch to his side this time.
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "All right -- there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."  Want to take a guess who these people are he's talking about? What they look like?

Mitt Romney's comments on the video go a step beyond his August claim, made in public, that the Obama administration's state-by-state welfare waivers were an effort to "shore up his base."

In the behind-closed-doors speech to donors, Mitt Romney seems to be suggesting that nearly half of Americans expect to have all their needs supplied by the government. "[M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,"

Mitt Romney also said in the video, according to Mother Jones. As for the other 53 percent? Mitt Romney may have been referencing a meme started by conservative blogger Erick Erickson, who has noted that only 53 percent of Americans pay federal income taxes. Erickson argued that the rest of the country, and in particular the Occupy Wall Street movement, should "suck it up you whiners."

Code Words....Code Words for Black ,Latino and poor destitute whites...... I don't know...maybe it's me, but in a race that still is very close at this late date...Should you really be trying to aileanate any segment of  the voting populace?

This  notion that the Democrats and progressives hope to ride dependency to political power is one that has no shortage of adherents among conservatives and tea party types...Many who are ironically on some type of government dependency program themselves.

 “We are reaching the tipping point where the majority of Americans are recipients of government programs,” columnist George Will said recently on Laura Ingraham's radio show. "Heavens, one in seven of Americans is on food stamps today. The gamble -- it's really not a gamble, the tactic -- of the Democratic Party is to run up the dependency ratio in this country until you get 50-60 percent of Americans dependent on the government in at least one or often in multiple ways, at which point they figure the party of government will always win."

I'm just shaking my head... But there are a few problems with this idea (fiction)of the overburdened "53 percent." Many Americans don't pay federal income taxes, in part, because of deductions like the child tax credit that have been championed by conservatives and progressives alike. Almost all of the "47 percent" do pay other federal taxes in the form of Social Security and Medicare payroll deductions and gas levies, as well as a variety of state and local sales and property taxes that aren't dependent on income. Do the Republican fiction writers ever talk about that?

"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work,"

Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a statement responding to the video's release. "Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs." And what is this plan?  I haven't heard it yet!  Have you? Has anybody???

 A separate video clip that featured Mitt Romney addressing deplorable conditions at a Chinese factory began making the rounds on the Internet last month. In that video, he contrasted the conditions he witnessed on a business trip to China with conditions in the United States, where he said, "Ninety-five percent of life is set up for you if you were born in this country."Amazing HE would say that, considering his upbringing.

 Commentators have seized on the assertion that people are mostly set if they're born in the U.S. In fact, tens of millions of Americans are jobless or living in poverty. The notion also cuts against one of Mitt Romney's campaign themes, which is that those who are successful have gotten to where they are completely on their own.

 In addition, the video is notable for Mitt Romney's recounting of conditions he saw at the factory. By his own telling, he seemed satisfied when the factory owner told him the barbed wire was to keep job-seekers out, not to keep workers in.

Mitt Romney may have been referring to conditions at Global Tech Appliances Inc., a Chinese manufacturer, in which Bain Capital invested, that was fined $2.65 million for ripping off a deep-fat fryer design, according to Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser. There are at least 10 of these videos, each allegedly clipped from the same fundraiser. A YouTube link to the Chinese factory clip, it turns out, was initially posted in May in the comments section of The Huffington Post under the handle romneyexposed.

The commenter posted a link to a YouTube account by the same name, which includes a version of the factory video and three others. Six more videos exist under another account. In one of the other videos, Mitt Romney lamented, in a joking way, that he would have a better chance of being elected if his father had been ethnically Mexican, rather than born to white parents living in Mexico. "My dad, as you probably, know was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico ... and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this," Romney said.

"But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico(Oh yes, that's a big misfortune!). ... I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino." In a separate video, Mitt Romney talks about his success. "Both my dad and [wife] Ann's dad did quite well in their lives. But when they came to the end of their lives and passed along the inheritance to Ann and me, we both decided to give it all away. So I have inherited nothing. Everything that Ann and I have, we earned the old-fashioned way."


 Mitt Romney's parents did pay for his boarding school, his college, his graduate school and his first home. He got closer to the truth in another clip. "There's a perception that all of you were born with a silver spoon. You know, you never had to earn anything and so forth," Mitt Romney said to the donors. "Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have -- which is to get born in America."

Hmmmmmmm....Knowing Mitt, in a few days, he'll claim that this wasn't him on the tape!


Moanerplicity said...

Wow! Maybe this man could be the all-mighty savior of the economy after all. He certainly used an economy of words to express a generalized ethos. The entire modern history of the Republican mindset is mirrored simplified in a few candid, off-the-cuff words. No need to wonder nor ponder how he & most of them REALLY feel. Thanks for the... ummm... Cliffs Notes, Mitt.

May God Bless your demi-racist soul.


Swaggie said...

I don't see how the man ever eats, when he constantly has his foot in his mouth. LOL Word cuz...!

Larry Lewis said...

Mitt Romney claims that 47% of all Americans are victims who depend on the government for assistance and pay no taxes..and will vote for President Obama regardless. Just clearing the air Mr Romney...I don't depend on the govt for assistance...I pay income taxes..and you are correct..I will vote for President Obama regardless,What's Up Nupe?

Keith said...

Heyyy Larry, What's crackin frat?

Sunflower said...

Mitt Romney has serious issues...smh

Tate 2 said...

SECRET VIDEO!!!...MITTENS EXPOSED!!!...GET OUT THE BUGLE BOY TO PLAY TAPS, CAUSE HE'S DONE! He basically said "F all yall broke bums, I ain't doing NOTHING FOR YALL!"

Lisa said...

He sure did....and his "apology" at 10:25pm didn't help....lol

Vanessa said...

How dare you R-money? F.U. all day! I am all the way over his rich guy b.s.

Halo said...

Talk about hoof in mouth disease!LOL!

Cheryl said...

Yall Killin me! -LOL!

James Perkins said...

LOL @ Swaggie-"I don't see how the man ever eats, when he constantly has his foot in his mouth. LOL."
I couldn't have said it better myself!

Grover Tha Playboy said...

I am the 47%, who works, pay high ass taxes, buy gas and have to feed my family. When did this become un-American?


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