Romney Fundraiser Secret Video: People Believe They Are Entitled To “Food”

Mitt Romney - photo by Gage SkidmoreIf I had to pick one single word in the “Romney fundraiser secret video” that I believe is the biggest disqualifier for Mitt Romney to become president, it would be this — He included “food” in his list of government entitlements. Here’s the quote:

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 that 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. – Mitt Romney

Just stop for one moment and think about that — Food. People think they are entitled to food. I don’t know about you, but yeah, I do think I’m entitled to food. What is Mitt Romney trying to say when he includes a basic human necessity in his list of entitlements? Is he trying to say, if you don’t have money, you aren’t entitled to food? How else should we interpret this? Is Mitt Romney really trying to say that if you are poor, and you don’t have enough money to feed yourself or your family that you should just starve because you should never believe you are entitled to food?

Food is a necessity to live, but maybe that is easy to forget when you are a wealthy, out-of-touch, plutocrat. Food is mandatory. Food is a requirement. I want my government to care about poverty, and I want it to do what it can to make sure people do not starve.

And as if Romney’s statement isn’t bad enough, remember that he is at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser dinner. In fact, moments before he made the above statement, he said this:

Thank you—and by the way, start eating, those of you who have food in front of you that’s warm, start eating. – Mitt Romney

And remember, Mitt Romney hasn’t walked back anything that he said at this fundraiser. He held a brief press conference on Monday night and the best he could come up with is to say that it was “not eloquently stated.” So, he still believes everything he said, only he could have said it better, that’s all.

And there are still people who will vote for this guy? / photo by Gage Skidmore

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  • Steve

    Yeah, that’s the line that got me the most about this too! Sure, there’s lots to argue with in this ridiculous video clip, but the one where he is griping about people feeling entitled to food and housing is the one that gets me the most. For some reason most media seems to be focusing on the 47% comment, which is also silly, but come on – how is the fact that he doesn’t think Americans are entitled to have food to eat not the headline?!? Seriously! Yes Mitt, I *am* entitled to have food. What good is living in a country if I can’t have my basic needs for food & shelter met?!?!? Wow… I would love to hear a defense of this. Does he even understand the purpose of living in a society and having a government (which he wants to be in charge of)?!? It’s just crazy!

    • There is a lot of ridiculous stuff in this video, some of which shows his contempt for half the country, but this one line and more specifically one word in that line is the worst. Yes Romney, everyone is entitled to food. What an ass.

      I love how conservatives are trying to discredit this video because there is a gap in the recording. Hello, it’s over an hour long!. We get the context. It’s not like we are taking it out of context like conservatives did with Obama’s “you didn’t build that.” The only way that missing gap could mean that the entire hour long video is out of context would be if he said “this is what I don’t believe.” And the Romney campaign looks desperate using a 14-year-old Obama video clip where he says he believes in redistribution (of wealth). Of course, it requires taking it out of context for it to even sound a little bad (although I of course don’t have a problem with it). If you listen to more than the few seconds they released it doesn’t sound bad at all. And on top of that, it was 14 f’n years ago! Romney said his bullshit in May, during THIS election.

  • Paysforhisownproducts

    I’ll defend it. No! You are not entitled to food, shelter, ect… These things are grown, built, or otherwise produced by people who worked hard to do so and rightly expect to make a living off of the fruits of their labor. Not one of you has the right to walk up to a farmer and demmand that he turn over the food that he grew because you feel entitled to the product of another human beings hard work. Food is a product. As the consumer of said product…you pay for what you want. This is what money is for!!!! Save the partisan crap for someone else if you would. Both canidates are worthless.

    • We live in the richest country on the planet. We can afford to feed the hungry. Nice compassion there buddy. Do you actually think poverty is a choice? Sure, some people won’t help themselves, but do you honestly believe the majority of people in poverty are there by choice? This isn’t “partisan crap,” it’s empathy, it’s compassion, it’s being a decent human being. Money is not more important than people.