The big news this week (at least the one being pushed the most by the media) is the secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney speaking to a group of fundraisers back in May. If you haven’t seen it, here’s what you’ve been missing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnB0NZzl5HA. The left-wing media outlet, Mother Jones, released the video, purporting to show the entire clip. Well, as we know very well, you can always put an asterisk next to the word “entire” when dealing with liberal, biased media (see George Zimmerman’s selectively edited 911 call by NBC). Today, the truth came out that, well, oops, there are a couple minutes of the tape missing right in the middle of Romney’s comments. As is always the case, I can almost guarantee you that the contents of those missing minutes better clarify his statements and will even display him in a good light. Frankly, no selectively edited video, sold as “entire” by a liberal group and used as an attack against the other party, can be trusted.
Regardless of the couple missing minutes, everything he states in the video is absolutely true. Sometimes the truth hurts, which is why so many people favor burying their heads in the sand as opposed to dealing with reality. As I stated in “Taxes – Whose Money Is It Anyway?” (https://theruminatingconservative.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/taxes-whose-money-is-it-anyway/), 47% of citizens (sometimes more) in this country pay no income tax whatsoever. They are reliant on the rest of the people to pay their individual share along with the share of someone else (sounds “fair”, huh?). There is also the Earned Income Tax Credit, created by Democrats in the 1970s, that provides thousands of extra dollars for lower income earners. Yes, that’s right. In return for paying zero income tax, they actually RECEIVE four-digit sums. The reality is, if a candidate is campaigning on tax cuts and you don’t pay taxes anyways, is that topic really going to resonate? I think we all know the answer.
Now jump from the income tax comment to the facts as a whole. The major question is, are we becoming more and more dependent on government, which goes against everything this nation was originally founded upon, or are we returning to more of a self-reliant state? All you need to do is look at the stats for a quick answer: we are sprinting in the wrong direction. The entitlement society that we have rapidly become cannot be blamed fully on the recession, or the European debt crisis or the Japanese tsunami. It has become the accepted mindset of too many who prefer the ease of receiving a check in the mail over employment in any kind of job that will provide a paycheck as they work hard to climb the ladder. Does this encompass everyone? Absolutely not, but if you look around, it’s easy to spot.
In 1980, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 30% of households contained a member that received government handouts – at a time when the U.S. economy was also struggling. In 2008, well into the first year of Obama’s presidency, that number stood at 44.4%. By the end of 2011, households receiving benefits rose to 49% and continue to hover around 50% today. After President Obama effectively removed the work requirement for receiving food stamps in April 2009, able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled from 1,900,000 to 3,900,000, according to the Congressional Research Service. Does half of this nation really need assistance? It’s hard to believe, but if, in fact, this is true, it speaks even louder of the failures of this administration.
**Side Note: 3/4 of people agree with what Romney said in the video anyways: (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/09/18/cnbc_poll_75_agree_with_romneys_47_comments).
The real story here is not Romney’s video or the faux outrage pushed by the usual suspects. It’s about contrasting the message of self-reliance and what America SHOULD be as opposed to the vision of the individual who currently resides in the White House. The second video of the week – which is much more disturbing than the Romney tape – shows the true path our nation is on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge3aGJfDSg4.
Redistribution is simple: take from the rich, give to the poor. Sound familiar? Robin Hood makes for a great movie, but not a great economic approach. Looking at the statistics, where half of the nation is collecting from the other half, it’s not difficult to see that this President’s beliefs are being translated into public policy. As that number continues to skyrocket, the ultimate question and fear becomes, what happens when the takers outnumber the providers?
If this comes as a shock to you, it shouldn’t. Back in 2008, many of us were screaming from the mountaintop to look at the words he uttered to “Joe the Plumber” during an unscripted conversation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUvwKVvp3-o). Those who saw this conversation and understood its implications rallied in an attempt to spread the word, but too often it fell upon deaf ears. Many said spreading the wealth around sounds like a valiant and noble effort. Many called it “fair”. Four years later, how’s that wealth redistribution working out for our nation? The gap between the wealthy and the poor has grown. The middle class has withered to a historical low as those needing/asking for government assistance continue to rise. Throughout world history, Communism and Socialism have not always been brought about through force. Many times it has slowly crept into societies under the auspices of “fairness” and “equality”. Wealth was redistributed to ensure classless societies. No one person made more than another. Competition was squashed. And entire nations crumbled.
Redistribution or Self-Reliance?