In a video recorded secretly at a private Romney campaign fundraising event back in May, Romney said, “there are 47 percent [of Americans] who are with him [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.”
Here’s the problem. — You cannot simultaneously say the economy is bad and there aren’t enough jobs, then turn around a say that people need to stop living off the government dole. If the economy is bad, and there aren’t enough jobs then it stands to reason more people are going to need government assistance. Should we just throw them out on the street with a good swift kick to the ass?
This is why I say it’s another chapter in Republican duality. Republicans use whatever argument necessary for the audience or the circumstance. Republicans can simultaneously disseminate competing talking points if they think it will work for them politically. So even though these two positions are incompatible, I can assure you Mitt Romney is not the only Republican who uses them, particularly if it accomplishes these two goals: (1) Defeat Obama, (2) Cut government “entitlements” for the poor (but not the rich).