Is Romney inarticulate or just out of touch?
The Kansas City Star
Mitt Romney’s error, says Paul Ryan, is that he was inarticulate when he said that 47% of the American public will not vote for him because they’re dependent on government and entitlement programs. These people, Romney said, do not pay income taxes and believe they are victims.
So I wondered how Romney could have been more articulate. Maybe he could have said, “Nearly half of Americans are moochers. They choose not to work so they won’t have to pay income taxes. They’ll come to your house for dinner and eat enough for two days. Of course, I wouldn’t invite them over for dinner, but you get the point.”
Maybe he could have said this: “Look, a lot of these people are old. They actually think that because they’ve paid into Social Security for years and years that they actually should be entitled to this government entitlement.”
Or this: “Sure, a lot of these 47% work, sometimes at places like Wal-Mart where they don’t make enough money to pay income taxes. And you know what? They can’t afford health insurance either so they sign up for Medicaid for their kids. What mooches!”
Maybe Romney could have been more loving in his comments. He could have said things in a way to show that he deeply cared about these people even though government couldn’t be all things to all people. Maybe this. “Bless their hearts, most of these people aren’t smart enough to dig their way out of their misery and take responsibility for their lives. But you just can’t ask the job creators to pay them a living wage in this global economy. Our businesses have to compete with Bangladesh businessmen and moochers aren’t coddled there.”
But Romney seems to be taking a different approach to being less inarticulate. He says that President Obama is being divisive. Apparently, he means that Obama is pitting the successful job creators against the dependent 47% of Americans who feel victimized.
And, apparently, he doesn’t think it’s divisive to declare almost half of the population as dependent moochers who don’t want to work and don’t want to take responsibility for their lives.
Well, it’s all a little confusing, but it seems to me that Mr. Romney is quite articulate. It’s his understanding of how the other half lives that he doesn’t get.