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A 47%-er

As I wrote just this past weekend in my piece Living On Government Largesse, according to Gary Bauer said about those receiving checks from the government:

Bauer also told TPM that “there are a lot of people who will vote this November because they depend on government largesse,” meaning checks from Washington. He expects those voters to go Obama as well.

“They will vote for their own perceived interests, which is they don’t want anybody cutting back the size of the checks,” Bauer said.

And as I said, I’m one of those folk. I’m a retired military veteran receiving a pension. I’m a disabled military veteran with a 100% VA disability rating, service connected. I’m just plain disabled and unable to hold down a job. For all of these statuses, I “depend on checks from their fellow taxpayers.”

Now it’s reported in Mother Jones article SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters what Gov. Mitt Romney told his high-dollar donors this past May:

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…These are people who pay no income tax.

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

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Call me a 47%-er. Call me one of the people a President Romney has apparent distain for — one of those disabled veterans who can’t work and lives on what Bauer called “government largesse.”

I’m voting to reelect President Barack Obama because of social issues. At this point, even if my social values aligned with social conservatives I wouldn’t vote for Gov. Romney. Disabled veterans are among the 47% of people who he believes considers themselves victims. Instead of saying that the government “has a responsibility to care for them,”, he derides those whom he states “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

Romney’s failure to understand that not only are many of those who receive government want to make it on their own and not be on government assistance…his failure to understand that that 47% who he says “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims” include retirees, working poor, people who want to work but can’t find work, and disabled people — as well as disabled veterans like me…

Well, I cannot adequately express my anger at Gov. Romney’s comments. His failure to understand is a major fail.

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