The Scandal that Wasn’t.

Posted: September 19, 2012 by GeeOhPeeved in Current events, Elections
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So, for my first post, I thought I’d take a stab at one of the ridiculous pseudo-scandals the media is currently trying to push.

The ‘scandal’ it that he said this:

“Well, there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what

.  All right?  There are 47% 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’re entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.  But that it’s an entitlement.  And the government should give it to them.  And they will vote for this president no matter what.

And, I mean the president starts off with 48%, 49%,  he starts off with a huge number.  These are people who pay no income tax.  47% of Americans pay no income taxes.  So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.  And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich.  I mean that’s what they sell  every four years.

And so my job is not to worry about those people.  I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The problem can’t be that he points out that those who pay no taxes won’t care about a candidate promising to lower taxes, that’s obvious.  Is it that he mistakenly speaks as though he thinks that all 47% of people who pay no taxes are welfare recipients?  They may use it to mock his ability as a speaker, but it’s hardly worth a media frenzy.


I must be missing something.  While I’ll grant that not all of that 47% are democrats on welfare, the point remains the same.  A friend of mine said that because there were bound to be conservatives in that group, the scandal was in Romney essentially calling his base, or lumping them in with, a bunch of welfare grubbing freeloaders.

One more time…huh?

If the issue at hand here were Romney bashing his supporters, why is it that it’s liberals who are so incensed over this?  They’ve shown repeatedly that they have no problems insulting conservatives directly and in the crudest of ways.

Ignore the fact that democrats have used welfare to buy the votes of the poor for decades.  Ignore the fact that they’ve opened up the welfare rolls to an ever-increasing number of people in an attempt to buy more votes.  The real issue here is Romney accidentally implying that the entirety of that 47% belong the most dedicated core of the liberals: welfare recipients.  And if you believe that nonsense, I’m a Nigerian prince with an amazing opportunity for you.

So, why the outrage over a misstatement, when the point of the remark was still clear, true, and obvious?
Simple:  to liberals, manufactured outrage is one of the most prized tools in campaigning.  Hell, they chased my favorite of the recent crop of republican candidates (Herman Cain) out of the race with phony scandals.  With Obama’s retched record and the decline of his personal popularity they need something to run on!
Romney should be on the offense at all times.  He can’t let them control the dialogue as they always seem to, and if he lets himself get bogged down by every weak-assed attempt to create a scandal, that’s exactly what they’ll do.  He should rephrase it, making clear that though that 47% that don’t pay taxes aren’t all welfare recipients, a good number of them are, and NONE of them can whine about the rich “not paying their fare share.”  I personally think it’s a great  message for a conservative:  He refuses to try to win votes that  liberals have bought and paid for (with your money) by offering them an even larger cut of what they haven’t earned

Whether it’s race baiting or lies about Romney’s taxes, there is always going to be something that liberals will try to use to divert our attention from the past actions and future plans of this administration.  Our job, as competent and informed voters, is to deny them our attention on irrelevant side issues.  Folks need to take control of the dialogue away from those who would focus it anywhere other than the issues that matter.


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