Mitt Romney and the 47%

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Mitt at a Recent Rally

A “secret video” that the Mother Jones Web site brought to light a couple of days ago supposedly tells the world what Mitt Romney really thinks about people around him, especially those who have made less money than he has:

During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.

For good measure, the writer, Über Liberal and longtime Democrat apologist David Corn, provides a hat-tip to the Mitt-is-Extremely-Rich meme by adding that Mitt was ”at ease with the well-heeled group” who attended the fund-raiser. Corn added later, that in “this crowd of fellow millionaires, he apparently felt free to utter what he really believes and would never dare say out in the open.” Of course Mitt has said that perhaps he could have said what he did a bit more delicately, but he continues to stand by what he said.

The New York Times blog provides a somewhat more dispassionate recounting here, explaining that Mitt said at the fundraiser that 47% of the electorate will vote for President Obama no matter what. He explains his reasoning, saying that these people pay no income taxes and thus will not be influenced by his plan to reduce taxes.

Nevertheless, some people begin to hyperventilate as they hear also Mitt say on the tape:

There are 47 percent 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, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.

As an example of the extreme hyperventilation, one writer at Bloomberg declares that the election is over:

You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

Readers who would like an excellent (i.e. more balanced) assessment of what this revelation might mean for the election going forward should read the post by Hotair’s Ed Morrissey that sums up the situation: “In the end, the American people will decide this election not on quips but on records and policy, as they always have.”

That is my assessment as well. Anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he has always looked to serve others and would never disdainfully consider others who are less fortunate than he. That is not who he is as a person. What we continue to see in the press are the reactions to what writers say Mitt said rather than what he actually said, and people react accordingly.

That said, the purpose of MittTheMan.com is to recount stories that illustrate the type of person that Mitt Romney is as a simple way to counter these kinds of awful things that are said about him. As we enter the home stretch of this election, we will increase our pace in that effort.

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About Mike

Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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