• Tue, Sep 18 2012

Mitt Romney Says 47 Percent Of American Citizens Are Government-Dependent Freeloaders

"Maybe if you weren't so lazy, you wouldn't be poor."

Mitt Romney has made a grave mistake: in a big coup for Mother Jones, the site scored a video of the GOP presidential hopeful dismissing half of America.

In a scene straight out of a comic book, Romney holds court as a “sneering Plutocrat,” disdaining 47% of Americans as layabouts and wastrels fattened on government cheese. The video was taken during a fundraiser at the Boca Raton home of “controversial private equity managerMarc Leder.

In addition to his callous dismissal of half the nation, Romney also cracks a joke about tokenism (referring to his father: “Had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this”) and makes a remarkably oblivious statement about privilege (“I have inherited nothing”).

But it’s that statement about the 47% that’s causing such an uproar. Here it is in full:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. [Those are the people] 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, to you-name-it … These are people who pay no income tax.”

And also…

“[My] job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

If you’re too shocked to react, here is a reminder of what your face should be doing:

Mother Jones actually has many more videos.

Romney has already called a hasty press conference to quell any (understandable) outrage, while some conservatives are, of course, embracing this.

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  • Renee

    You know he just believes that poor people are only poor because they are lazy…really wish someone could get him to see reality.

    I don’t actually think there is anything wrong with believing that all people are entitled to health care, food, and housing…especially if they are paying taxes! That is what I want my taxes to pay for. Also, those quoted 47% are not paying federal taxes…most are still having to pay plenty of other taxes.

    Guess what? If I pay you, then you work for me. If I am paying the government, which is what taxes are, then the government better damn well work for me. The government is dependent on the people, NOT the other way around.

    Dear 47%, since you are all lazy and dependent, it probably won’t matter if you decide to go ahead and stop doing all work, and paying ANY taxes. Since you are lazy and dependent, this won’t change a thing, right?

  • Raerae

    The percentage may not be as high as 47%, but the fact that we have a growing number of dependents-on-the-government is terrifying. I work in the Medicaid Fraud division for our state and these people cheat the system as best as they can. They act entitled. He’s definitely right about that. I don’t know about most of you, but I don’t appreciate working hard to see my paycheck go to these people who don’t work and depend on us.
    This is truly what I see on a regular basis:
    http://vimeo.com/31727820

  • porkchop

    As Liz Lemon would say: SHUT IT DOWN…!

  • Michael Spillane

    It is important to break down the 47% in terms of polls. Romney is saying that 90+% of black people are lazy/ not working hard. 60+% of latinos, 50+% of women. In fact, the only people Romney seems to think work hard are white males which is the group of voters he is winning. Now had he come out and said that this remark was a mistake maybe I could believe that he doesnt think these things but since he admitted he said this one can only conclude he is a racist and sexist.

    • Raerae

      You sure know how to read between the lines, detective! …Don’t quit your day job.

    • Kele

      EXACTLY!

  • M

    How funny. I worked for Marc Leder. Not as an entertainer, but he did eye me as though I were a naked Russian dancer. It was only a matter of time before that guy was linked to some scandal. If Bain Capital was the inspiration for Sun Capital Partners, then Mitt Romney has even less character than I thought.

  • MR

    His goose is cooked. PS. the only Bush I ever voted for.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk2TiFraFQs