The last few days there’s been a lot of uproar over a leaked tape of Mitt Romney speaking to a crowd in Florida back in May. The controversy surrounds his belief that 47% of voters will almost certainly vote for Obama because 47% of voters don’t pay taxes and thus are unresponsive to Romney’s message of lowering taxes. I believe that Romney’s assumption is correct, but for the wrong reasons.
Obama is also trying to claim that his administration will lower taxes. As it so happens, both candidates are lying, but why would Obama make such a big deal about lowering taxes if that message doesn’t resonate with his voter base?
Romney went on to say that this 47% are “reliant on government and believe they are victims;” that the government has a responsibility to take care of them and provide them with food, shelter, health care, and money. This is obviously untrue; that figure says more about the inherent flaws in our tax code than it does about the attitudes and beliefs of half our country. Although, in Romney’s defense, a large portion of our population does indeed feel that way, and that portion will almost certainly vote for Obama.
But the crux of the controversy comes when Romney says it is not his job as president to worry about those people. One woman’s response to this statement was that it made her ‘sick to her stomach.’ What has people so enraged is that Romney is telling the truth.
As mentioned earlier, 47% of voters do not pay taxes. The number of people who are truly dependent on government for their livelihood and believe it is the responsibility of the government to take care of them is significantly less than this 47%, but the truth is it is not the President’s responsibility to worry about them. The United States has one of the most expensive and extravagant welfare programs on earth, and our system does more than enough to help those in need, as long as they are willing to put the same effort forth.
For those who demand their livelihood from the government, it doesn’t matter who is in office. No matter the amount of welfare and entitlements we dish out, they will never be satisfied. A person can only do so much for another person before they finally have to give up and let them do it for themselves before both persons sink, and this includes the President. For some people, no amount is great enough, and it is irresponsible and impossible to constantly take into account the desires of those who cannot differentiate between want and need, and who always ‘need’ more.