It turns out that when Mitt Romney attacked 150 million Americans for being dependent on government, he was really targeting the ten red states who don’t pay taxes.
What Mitt Romney said on David Corn’s video was bad enough, but there is a connotation here that Republicans just aren’t getting. You see, Mitt Romney thought he was talking about lazy, poor, and probably in his mind, black Obama supporters when he claimed that 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,” but the truth is that the majority of food stamp recipients are white.
Even worse for Romney, eight of the top ten states in terms of non-taxpayers are supporting him.
Take a look at the map:
The list of red deadbeat states for Romney includes, South Carolina, Idaho, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.
So far in 2012, New Mexico and Florida are supporting Obama, but you could probably call Florida a toss up and nobody would complain.
What Republicans in red states who are spending their evening defending Romney need to realize is that Mitt Romney was talking about YOU!
Republicans will no doubt continue to feed the myth that Obama is the food stamp president who has created an army of minorities who are waiting for their government handout, while they head to the local Wal-Mart to use their food stamps to feed their families, and afterwards maybe stop by to check in on their Dad who has some health issues and is on Medicare.
These are the folks in red states who take lots of deductions and get a refund instead of paying taxes.
Mitt Romney’s contempt for those who aren’t Mitt Romney doesn’t respect partisan boundaries. His tax plan isn’t just going to raise taxes on middle class and poor Democrats, but his fellow less wealthy Republicans will also feel the pain.
What the working class heart of the Republican movement doesn’t understand is that Mitt Romney doesn’t like you. He thinks you are a freeloader, but he expects you to still vote for him on Election Day.
Republicans who defend Mitt Romney need to understand that by supporting Romney the tax refunds they are risking are their own.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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