Makers v. Takers

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Makers v. Takers

Mother Jones. 2012. Full transcript of the Mitt Romney secret video,
Mother Jones (web only) [Online: 19 September] Available at: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/full–transcript–mitt–romney–secret–video#47percent

ROMNEY: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, 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, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.

I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49 — he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. He’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. [Mother Jones, 9/17/12]