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The Romney Tapes — An Op-Ed.

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In case you have been living under a rock for the last twenty-four hours, or hiking through a remote, wifi-inaccessible area, or simply avoiding the news (because it’s always bad) and the internet (because it’s always there), then you probably wouldn’t have heard about the leaked Romney video that went viral last night. A camera hidden from view at a private fundraiser event in Boca Raton, Florida back in May caught Governor Romney speaking to a group of wealthy donors about the challenges he faces with the American electorate.

This video has come to be called, “The Romney Tapes,” an unfortunate title for the GOP candidate, as it is a clear allusion to “The Nixon Tapes,” which are recordings of conversations and phone calls that Nixon famously recorded himself. Unfortunately for Tricky Dick, these tapes also recorded incriminating evidence to support the Watergate scandal, which forced President Nixon (and many in his cabinet) to resign.

While the comparison between these two “tapes” made ever so subtly by the mainstream media may be amusing to some, or outlandish to others, the comparison is absolutely applicable. As Nixon incriminated himself in his own words, so did Romney reveal his disdain for the American people in his own words. I will make no attempt to paraphrase what the former governor of Massachusetts said in “The Romney Tapes.” Instead I’ve transcribed a key quotation from the video (which you will also find embedded in this article):

“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 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. That that’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 percent… he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax.”

So who are these 47 percent of folks he’s referring to? Well, presumably the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income tax. NPR, who did a fantastic job breaking down the numbers, found that there are just about 46 percent of Americans who pay no income tax. According to the article on NPR, these people are predominantly low income families (making less than $27,000 per year), the elderly, and low income families with at least two children who have a total income of less than $47,000 for the year. Some of these people do pay some taxes, but their overall tax contribution is limited, as their income is limited.

Romney goes on to say, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Romney is right about one thing: it’s not his job to worry about these people. Why? Simple: he’s not the President. It’s the President’s job to worry about these folks and every other American.

Romney makes another startling claim in that block quotation, which has not been getting as much press as his 47 percent comment. He says that the people who vote for Obama believe they are entitled to health care, food, and housing. Now I may be mistaken, but I’m pretty confident I read somewhere that in America:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

[to read the Declaration of Independence, please click here]

This may not be the case for Mitt Romney and his brigade of money whores, but for most of the rest of humanity, food, shelter, and health care fall under the category: necessary to stay alive and survive. And “necessary to stay alive and survive” most certainly falls under one of those inalienable rights called, the right to Life.

I have the right to be alive, Mr. Romney! Or am I entitled if I believe that my life is worth living? Hmm. Well–I will certainly be taking my unalienable rights with me to the ballot box on November 6th; what I won’t be taking with me are thoughts of Mitt the Twit.

SOURCE: Mother Jones– for article and video, please click here.

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Written by Matia A. Guardabascio.↓

Matia Guardascio (n.): editor at large; a spirited, intelligent female with the flair of a poet, and the soul of a dirty old man.


Featured image courtesy of Please click here for the associated ABC story.

About Matia G.

Matia G.
Matia Guardabascio is a proud citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in both English and French Literature. As the daughter of a musician and a school teacher, Matia grew up in a musical household with parents who made a concerted effort to instill in her the value and importance of the arts. She is a music enthusiast, an avid reader, a writer of prose and poetry, a traveler, and an enthusiastic imbiber of red wine. The piano is her favorite instrument, followed by the drums, and she loves Impressionist artwork, especially because she doesn't need to wear her glasses to see what's going on. That's right, the glasses are not for show. She wears tri-focals because she reads too much, or as her good friends might say, she actually 80-years-old.

Comment (1)

  • Cesar Omar Sanchez September 21, 2012 - 12:37 pm Reply

    For many of us who viewed this video, it was not a shocker. If anyone who has been following carefully on Mitt Romney’s campaign platform, his policy is all about cut, cut, cut all type of social programs and safety nets. Saying that, Obama is no difference when it comes to social programs being slashed, especially when the vast majority of people who are vulnerable need it the most. The only difference is that Romney’s plan will decimate social programs completely and privatize it for his buddies at WallStreet. I find it so hypocritical that Romney passed the comment, when Mr. Romney doesn’t understand the double standard where government checks, that’s right….”government checks,” whether already paid for or not, to people are called “entitlements” while far bigger checks to corporations are called “incentives.”

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