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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