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Romney Thinks That Obama Supporters Are 'Victims' Who Rely on Government Handouts: Is He Right?

Chris D 2012/09/18 17:00:00
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Romney has gone and done it again. The Republican presidential candidate called 47 percent of Americans "victims" for supporting President Obama in a recent video of him talking at a private fundraiser.

Romney thinks Obama supporters are living off of state handouts, and he is probably right for about 10-15 percent of them... but it's that other 85-90 percent of Democrats that go to work and participate in the economy that he should be trying to get to vote for him! Insulting potential voters is most likely not the wisest strategy, and you know Obama will be all over this in the debates. Remember Regan Democrats? That's what he needs to win. Good luck with this one, Mittens.

NEWS.YAHOO.COM reports:
Mitt Romney stood by his comments captured on a hidden camera at a closed-door fundraiser earlier this year in which he called supporters of President Barack Obama "victims" and said they are reliant on government handouts. In a hastily arranged news conference Monday night, he called his words "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated."
victims reliant government handouts hastily arranged news conference monday cuff

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  • Daryl 2012/09/18 17:03:31
    Partially
    Daryl
    +35
    More like exploiters.

    The vast majority of people that take government assistance should be earning their own way instead of taking the earnings of others.

    But it is easier to vote for Democrats than actually working so the collapse of our economy will continue.

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  • Bilingu... Resp 2012/09/20 06:47:57 (edited)
    Bilingual required sucks
    You really don't know that Bain and Romney were pioneers in the outsourcing of jobs to China, and other low wage countries?
    Seriously?
    http://www.motherjones.com/po...

    You think he is a nice guy that cares about you? He is a man that has the compassion that a snake has for a mouse.
  • ManBearPig Bilingu... 2012/09/20 15:57:01
    ManBearPig
    anyone with a brain knows outsourcing became an increasing standard on the mid to later 90s... Nike was notorious for their labor violations in Vietnam at the time as well as Disney in China
  • Jack th... Resp 2012/09/20 12:16:55
    Jack the Dude
    Oh YES HE DID!!
  • ManBearPig Bilingu... 2012/09/20 15:53:30
    ManBearPig
    to help explain why entitlement is bad...these entitlements to the poor and needy sound good theoretically...sure it may sound good to give the impoverished to help build them up out of their status but entitlement does the exact opposite of that... it keeps them in their status

    who will ever improve themselves and get out of poverty if everything is practically handed to them... they dont have to work hard to get anything then and will realize they dont have to do anything to get by... and many people are ok with the idea of doing nothing to get by
  • Brian Haskins 2012/09/20 02:06:12
    No
    Brian Haskins
    +4
    Romney is wrong. He includes senior citizens who receive monthly Social Security checks in this 47%, but Social Security is not a handout, not a giveaway freebie. 80% of senior citizens who receive monthly Social Security checks paid into Social Security. Now, they're collecting what they paid into Social Security.
  • rbeas 2012/09/20 01:52:27
    No
    rbeas
    +4
    No not at all. Of the 234 billion handed out in welfare last year only 58 billion went to real people the other 176 billion went to corporations.
  • MeiLin rbeas 2012/09/20 02:53:31 (edited)
    MeiLin
    +1
    Nov 13 2011
    Dr. Coburn Releases Report Exposing Billions in Giveaways for Millionaires

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new report “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous” illustrating how, under the current tax code, the federal government is giving billions of dollars to individuals with an Annual Gross Income (AGI) of at least $1 million, subsidizing their lavish lifestyles with the taxes of the less fortunate.

    “This welfare for the well-off – costing billions of dollars a year – is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations. We should never demonize those who are successful. Nor should we pamper them with unnecessary welfare to create an appearance everyone is benefiting from federal programs,” Dr. Coburn said.

    These billions of dollars for millionaires include $74 million of unemployment checks, $316 million in farm subsidies, $89 million for preservation of ranches and estates, $9 billion of retirement checks, $75.6 million in residential energy tax credits, and $7.5 million to compensate for damages caused by emergencies to property that should have been insured. All and all, over $9.5 billion in government benefits have been paid...
    Nov 13 2011
    Dr. Coburn Releases Report Exposing Billions in Giveaways for Millionaires

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new report “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous” illustrating how, under the current tax code, the federal government is giving billions of dollars to individuals with an Annual Gross Income (AGI) of at least $1 million, subsidizing their lavish lifestyles with the taxes of the less fortunate.

    “This welfare for the well-off – costing billions of dollars a year – is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations. We should never demonize those who are successful. Nor should we pamper them with unnecessary welfare to create an appearance everyone is benefiting from federal programs,” Dr. Coburn said.

    These billions of dollars for millionaires include $74 million of unemployment checks, $316 million in farm subsidies, $89 million for preservation of ranches and estates, $9 billion of retirement checks, $75.6 million in residential energy tax credits, and $7.5 million to compensate for damages caused by emergencies to property that should have been insured. All and all, over $9.5 billion in government benefits have been paid to millionaires since 2003. Additionally, millionaires borrowed $16 million in government backed education loans to attend college. On average, each year, this report found that millionaires enjoy benefits from tax giveaways and federal grant programs totaling $30 billion. As a result, almost 1,500 millionaires paid no federal income tax in 2009.
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  • me MeiLin 2012/09/20 04:59:35
    me
    +1
    THANK YOU. That's information I've been looking for!
  • MeiLin me 2012/09/20 10:28:55
    MeiLin
    My pleasure! :D
  • MLor MeiLin 2012/09/20 06:41:03
    MLor
    +1
    There it is! Therefore you have folks like the Kardashians, the Lohans, the spoiled rich immoral slime.....while our infrastructure needs work, our country needs attention and there are folks ready to go....the Republicans will not hear of it. Stay with the status quo...Obama is changing things....and it scares the hell out if them.
  • rbeas MeiLin 2012/09/21 15:50:20
    rbeas
    +1
    Thank u Maynerd for proving my point!!!! All welfare recipients are not victims and r indeed Romney supporters. Keep the faith and pass on the hope to others.
  • MeiLin rbeas 2012/09/21 15:54:17
  • MeiLin rbeas 2012/09/20 10:38:48 (edited)
    MeiLin
    The Farm Bill's Secret Handout to Big Corporate Farms August 1, 2012
    By Romina Boccia

    American taxpayers should be outraged by a key detail in the farm bill being debated in Congress. Lawmakers are setting the course of the nation’s agriculture policy for the next five years, and they’re keeping the recipients of one of the biggest farm handouts a secret.

    At issue: Crop insurance premium subsidies. They cost taxpayers $7.4 billion in 2011 alone. They cover, on average, 62 cents on every dollar of eligible insurance purchased. Farmers may insure up to 85 percent of their crops against damage. This lavish subsidy encourages farmers to over-insure and take excessive risks at taxpayers’ expense.

    Some of America’s largest agricultural corporations benefit the most from this handout. Premium subsidies are not subject to means tests or payment limits. Coupled with the trend toward fewer but larger farms, this has resulted in the bulk of subsidies going toward some of America’s most profitable farm businesses.

    The Environmental Working Group found that the top fifth of farm recipients collected almost 80 percent of all crop insurance premium subsidies. Among these, 26 farm businesses received more than $1 million each in 2011.

    Just which big farm businesses are on the federal dole? Taxpaye...



    The Farm Bill's Secret Handout to Big Corporate Farms August 1, 2012
    By Romina Boccia

    American taxpayers should be outraged by a key detail in the farm bill being debated in Congress. Lawmakers are setting the course of the nation’s agriculture policy for the next five years, and they’re keeping the recipients of one of the biggest farm handouts a secret.

    At issue: Crop insurance premium subsidies. They cost taxpayers $7.4 billion in 2011 alone. They cover, on average, 62 cents on every dollar of eligible insurance purchased. Farmers may insure up to 85 percent of their crops against damage. This lavish subsidy encourages farmers to over-insure and take excessive risks at taxpayers’ expense.

    Some of America’s largest agricultural corporations benefit the most from this handout. Premium subsidies are not subject to means tests or payment limits. Coupled with the trend toward fewer but larger farms, this has resulted in the bulk of subsidies going toward some of America’s most profitable farm businesses.

    The Environmental Working Group found that the top fifth of farm recipients collected almost 80 percent of all crop insurance premium subsidies. Among these, 26 farm businesses received more than $1 million each in 2011.

    Just which big farm businesses are on the federal dole? Taxpayers have no way of knowing. Congress passed a law in 2000 that protects subsidy recipients from public disclosure. Beyond shielding Congress and big farm businesses from taxpayers’ wrath, it is not clear why the names of recipients are kept secret. The names of recipients of other farm subsidies — such as commodity subsidies, which boost farmers’ incomes — are publicly available. Farm bills being considered in both chambers would repeal commodity subsidies while expanding this “secret” crop insurance.

    Transparency in commodity subsidies played a big role in making these handouts difficult to politically justify today. Once taxpayers learned that these subsidies were mostly going to large landowners and wealthy farm operations, whose incomes far exceeded those of the average American, outrage rightly ensued.

    Most disturbingly, some of the very same members of Congress who voted for farm subsidies were directly benefiting themselves or their family members. The Environmental Working Group revealed that 23 members of Congress or their family members benefited from $6 million in farm subsidies from 1995 to 2011.
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  • Grizzled Alaskan 2012/09/20 01:39:38
    No
    Grizzled Alaskan
    Victims of what?
  • zbacku 2012/09/20 01:29:28
    Yes
    zbacku
    +1
    85-90 percent of Democrats that go to work and participate in the economy???????????

    If that were true, there wouldn't be 45 MILLION on food stamps. And the welfare roles would be a whole lot less than they are.
  • MLor zbacku 2012/09/20 06:41:52
    MLor
    BULLSH**!
  • ManBearPig MLor 2012/09/20 15:58:03
    ManBearPig
    and thats all you can reply with...
  • zbacku MLor 2012/09/20 16:42:33
  • jjl 2012/09/20 01:04:20
    No
    jjl
    No Mitt Romney is just mad because he's going to lose in November. What I don't understand is Romney stupid or what, why would you say that if you want to be president don't insult half of the nation at least lie to them at first and then when your in office then forget about them. Any way.
  • Jenn 2012/09/20 01:01:49
    Yes
    Jenn
    +6
    I have am 28 and there has not been a time in my life since I was 16 that I have not work, I started out in a grocey store and we cashed checks. at the beginning of the month we cashed so many social security checks then they would go buy grocery with their food stamp cards. then we would carry some of those groceys out to a brand new car, a type of car that costed more than i made in four or five years! and it made me anger when you would over hear woman say they are working for the goverment (refering to the 5 kids she has trailing behind her). I am all for help the eldery and disabled (the ones that actually are not the one "oh my head hurt, give me a check") but somewhere there needs to be a line drawn....... ya know GET A JOB YA LAZY S.O.BS!!
  • me Jenn 2012/09/20 06:28:56
    me
    You are talking about social security checks. Is that what you mean?
  • Jenn me 2012/09/20 14:35:17
    Jenn
    yep ( and no I'm not refering to the retired ppl, if that is what your are getting at)
  • SharonJohnson 2012/09/20 00:26:32
    Yes
    SharonJohnson
    +8
    Those who want OBama are nothing more than moochers who believe that those of us who get up every morning and go to work owe them something. I don't owe these lazy ass pathetic losers nothing Welfare is there to help get over a rough patch not a way of life Obama  supporters Obama s  supporters
  • sodabox SharonJ... 2012/09/20 02:03:56
  • ProVega SharonJ... 2012/09/20 04:34:03
    ProVega
    You need to stop watching Faux News and the like. Or, are you bought and paid for like the Republicans in congress?
  • me SharonJ... 2012/09/20 06:34:17
    me
    I got up and went to work every day for 47 years and paid income taxes except for the two years I worked nights and weekend when I was in high school. you talkin' to ME? Because I may not have to pay federal income taxes for the first time in my life because I'm now collecting social security benefits (for which I also paid in social security tax all my life) and it may work out to below the amount I have to pay tax on. Those people are included in Romney's 47% as are all working people who don't owe income tax because their income is low enough or they have high enough deductions that they come out under the minimum taxable income. It could happen to you. Would that make you a loser leach too?
  • Jack th... SharonJ... 2012/09/20 12:18:07
    Jack the Dude
    I saw that second picture, and I was like "What?"
  • Wolf97 2012/09/20 00:13:53
    No
    Wolf97
    +1
    There are people who live off the government and do nothing on both sides of the isle. I misclicked, I meant to click "Partially"
  • red 2012/09/20 00:00:40
    Partially
    red
    +3
    Romney didn't lie, so what's the big deal??

    People want to give Obama a pass because he “didn’t have time to fix anything”.
    Obama will get the black vote because he’s black. The racist blacks will vote for him no matter what he does, because they hate white people. (Even though most of us weren’t even born yet and didn’t participate in slavery and have only read about it in history books.)
    Obama gave amnesty to two million illegal’s which makes them eligible to vote. Who do you think they will vote for? Who do you think will get the Spanish vote?

    Uneducated white people will vote for him also because they want to believe he will fulfill his promises.

    Obama has a history of playing to the crowd even though it's all lies. Even the Dems who hate Obama are afraid of what Romney will do...
  • R.J. red 2012/09/20 02:54:34
    R.J.
    Add!
  • dave s red 2012/09/20 03:15:16
    dave  s
    actually obama will get the black vote because since the mid-60's blacks have voted overwhelmingly for whomever the democrat candidate was
  • red dave s 2012/09/20 03:30:05
    red
    That's also true. I don't know if ACORN will be involved this time though. So, we'll see.
  • ManBearPig red 2012/09/20 16:02:15 (edited)
    ManBearPig
    +1
    the traditional black vote for obama has steadily been decreasing within the past year... especially many religious african americans that have the belief of no gay marriage and abortions (the baptist south to help give a more detailed demographic)
  • FanOreilly 2012/09/19 23:54:07
  • Steve B... FanOreilly 2012/09/20 02:26:24
    Steve Boston
    +5
    Obama's supporters. Tomorrow's leaders. We're doomed.
  • ruru FanOreilly 2012/09/20 04:55:29
    ruru
    +1
    Great documentary.
  • AliasOther 2012/09/19 23:44:09
    No
    AliasOther
    +6
    I dont think so. There are more Romney supporters that rely on government. They just don't know they do.

    Earned income tax credit - GOV
    Home Mortgage Deductions - GOV
    Farm Subsidies - GOV
    Desaster relief - GOV
    Oil subsidies - GOV
    College Money (Pell Grants) - GOV
    In home care for seniors - GOV
    Tax Adjustments - GOV
    Private Equity firms who own companies in Chapter 11 get government bailouts. Bain has received 10's of millions.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

    When companies get government incentives for moving jobs overseas they don't call it government assistance they call it subsidies. So its very subjective how this government assistance get ignored when rich folks are getting it.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/mone...

    There are more people on the government dole as the GOP like to say in republican states. More republicans get government help than Democrats.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/po...

    So for all of those folks on this post who want to say that Obama supporters are non tax payers. YOU ARE WRONG.
    The non-tax payer problem is much more of a GOP thing than democrat.

    http://www.politicaljack.com/...

    http://www.theatlanticcities....


    Now lets see how many teabaggers try to say that this isn't fact.
    I dont think so. There are more Romney supporters that rely on government. They just don't know they do.

    Earned income tax credit - GOV
    Home Mortgage Deductions - GOV
    Farm Subsidies - GOV
    Desaster relief - GOV
    Oil subsidies - GOV
    College Money (Pell Grants) - GOV
    In home care for seniors - GOV
    Tax Adjustments - GOV
    Private Equity firms who own companies in Chapter 11 get government bailouts. Bain has received 10's of millions.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

    When companies get government incentives for moving jobs overseas they don't call it government assistance they call it subsidies. So its very subjective how this government assistance get ignored when rich folks are getting it.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/mone...

    There are more people on the government dole as the GOP like to say in republican states. More republicans get government help than Democrats.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/po...

    So for all of those folks on this post who want to say that Obama supporters are non tax payers. YOU ARE WRONG.
    The non-tax payer problem is much more of a GOP thing than democrat.

    http://www.politicaljack.com/...

    http://www.theatlanticcities....


    Now lets see how many teabaggers try to say that this isn't fact.
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  • wtxwoman 2012/09/19 23:39:16
    No
    wtxwoman
    +7
    The key word in this question is 'think' which Romney doesn't do. Romney is putting nails in the coffin of his campaign faster than the GOPers can pull them out. Evidently, most of them have very little experience with a hammer!
  • SmittenKitten 2012/09/19 23:26:50
  • remy Smitten... 2012/09/19 23:46:04
    remy
    +5
    I'll be there!! obama 2012

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