A gotcha moment? Surely you would think so to hear the breathless headlines in the mainstream media.
As background, here's the gist of what Mr. Romney said: His campaign is not going to target and devote resources to the 47% of the U.S. public that is not paying taxes. The takers are likely not sympathetic to his message of cutting entitlements.
STOP THE PRESSES!!!
Martin Bashir exposed that the remarks were made at the home of a (children cover your ears) billionaire!
ABC, NBC and CBS fell into line with the narrative that this meant that Mr. Romney is against anyone that isn't rich. (editors note: after all, it has been proven that he was at the home of a (warning) billionaire!!) And unlike our humble President who has amassed a worth of $10mm as a public servant, Romney is really rich. gotcha.
Bloomberg has proclaimed that Romney has now lost the election.
And on and on it went, and continues to go……
All of this while the economy shrinks, we prepare for a massive inflation, the world burns in anti-American protest, an Ambassador is murdered and U.S. foreign policy implodes. No, not news worthy. Nothing going on here…move along.
As much as I am tempted to go on and on, this isn't about the demonstrably and absurdly duplicitous media. That debate is long over, and besides, I'm told to watch my blood pressure.
All of this is a prelude to my reaction to Romney's comments, which was: “OK, and the sun came up this morning, it will go down tonight. So what's the point of the story? Mr. Romney pointed out what is obvious to anyone who cares to pay attention.”
The implications of all of this are very dire. Consider the admonition of Benjamin Franklin:
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
And now we are there. Consider the chart below courtesy of the Heritage Foundation. (www.Heritage.org)
Really consider it…and the implications.
I think you know my answer to the question posed by the headline. What's wrong with what Mitt said is that he needs to say it louder and more often. The takers won't like it. The media really won't like it. Who cares.
By the way, if you are offended by this, then you are offended by the truth and you are in the wrong place. Don't bother me with a drone post or some irrelevant comment about Bush. Yeah, I guess I'm a bit fed up. The stakes are too high this time.