Forty Seven Things I Don't Understand About the 47 Percent

Mitt Romney's claim that half of all Americans are dependent on government and will never "take personal responsibility" for their lives has left this editor very confused.

First, a disclaimer: I don't know if I could actually come up with 47 separate questions about Mitt Romney's "47 percent" speech — but it wouldn't be far off. In the interest of brevity, I'll whittle it down to just 13. Here's what he said, and why I'm confused.

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what."

Question 1: Are almost half of American voters apathetic to the political, economical and social changes affecting their own lives? Do they head to the polls just to tick the same box every four years out of habit? Does their chosen political party really have complete and unquestioned authority, no matter what?

Question 2: What if the president divorced Michelle and made Snooki the First Lady?

"There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."

Question 3: If half of all Americans are victims, what does that make the other half? Culprits?

Question 4: Is the government not supposed to care about its citizens? Is that considered a conflict of interest?

Question 5: Doesn't the "health care" that the government provides to most of these "dependent" people start in the emergency room and end in a big, bankrupting check? Is that the "health care" we're talking about? Or is it programs like Medi-Cal, which provide limited access, subpar services and don't include dental care?

Question 6: Are the American people not entitled to food? 

Question 7: Or does Romney mean they're not entitled to the $4 a day they get from food stamps?

Question 8: There 3.5 million Americans experiencing homelessness here in a given year. How is that possible if housing is so readily available from the government? Isn't there a chronic shortage of beds at homeless shelters? Isn't the average wait list for section 8 housing between five and eight years?

"My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Question 9: If you only worry about half of all Americans, wouldn't that make you only half a president?

Question 10: How do you explain "personal responsibility" to the millions of Americans working multiple jobs, longer hours, and earning lower wages than they did in their teens?

Question 11: How do you explain it to their kids, who have to raise themselves because their parents are never home? What about the teenagers who are forced to drop out of school so that they can get a job and contribute to the household income? What about the college graduates who are racking up tens of thousands of dollars in interest on their student loans because they can only afford to pay back the minimum amount, and so end up burdened by debt well into middle age?

Question 12: If half of Americans didn't care for their lives — wouldn't they be dead? 

Question 13: Would that make things easier?

Do you have answers to these queries? Or questions of your own? Maybe you can bring the total to 47. Comment below. 

morning glory September 26, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Go Romney and Ryan!!!!
Patrick J. McNamara September 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Dena, the point I made, which you either fail to grasp or are so obviously trying in vain to distract from is this: Kerry was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. The de facto leader of the Democratic Party. The standard bearer for all that is represented by the ideals, hopes and dreams of the Democrats. Their man. Nominated by acclamation at the Democratic National convention to be the leader of all Americans. If you were a Democrat in 2004, you probably voted for him...unless you are saying that you voted for Bush or did not vote. That is the 2004 Democratic nominee for President. Get it yet? He is also three times as wealthy as Mitt Romney. Is he three times as evil, heartless and out of touch? He also pays ZERO tax on tens of millions of dollars per year on his tax free mini bond portfolio. That is millions less than Romney paid. Is he commensurately less qualified to be president, even though the Democratic Party put him forth to be leader of the free world? Hmmm? Hmmm? Honestly, I did not think his monumental wealth, now approaching billionaire status, disqualified him, even though his wealth dwarfs that of Mitt Romney. Do you, Dena?
Louise B. September 26, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Sarah, you MUST learn to read. I never said anything negative about Feinstein. I pointed out to Kathy that, if she voted for a wealthy Democrat and vilified a Republican because that person was wealthy, it's hypocritical. I don't dislike Feinstein. In fact, I sat at a table next to her at a dinner years ago. Very nice and charming woman. What makes you think I'm "FAKE"? If I'm not real, then we are in a hell of a mess.
Sarah Creeley September 26, 2012 at 04:42 AM
"Louise B" Yes, we are! Have you been paying attention?
jim k September 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
This article and following comments about romney are a joke. One guy said he is pro Obama cuz he is for gay marriage. So, everyone will be broke, on food stamps, no military thanks to budget cuts, Muslims killing us, Iran a nuclear state, but that's ok cuz we will have gay marriage!!!! What a joke, I mean seriously. And to the lady who said about the people with food stamps and the escalade and section 8 housing, you are 100% right. Try opening your eyes people, pay attention, not all 47% are like that, but its about 25%, think I'm wrong?? Leave your expensive bay area homes, and go to a welfare office or drive through section 8 neighborhoods, stop believing the lies feed to you by liberal media. Name one policy Obama has that hasn't failed? Don't say Obama care, that's not a policy, its a tax on the other 53%. Oh yeah he got rid of don't ask don't tell, yeah that's gonna feed my family and get me a job. Green energy?? Fail. Jobs, economy, fail and fail. Foriegn policy?? Fail big time. He has done absolutely nothing. How can anyone with a brain and an education vote for him? I mean seriously. Romney may not be perfect, and when it comes to social issues, I don't agree with him, but I need a job, my family needs to eat, I have bills to pay, Obama has failed, own up to it.


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