Nine days after Mother Jones magazine posted a video showing Mitt Romney making his now famous ‘47 percent’ remarks, an Obama voter in Ohio validated the broad point Romney had tried to make: A lot of people are going to vote for Obama purely for the free stuff.
Nothing quite sums it up like an Obama voter in Cleveland protesting a Romney rally and shouting into a camera that the president deserves re-election for doling out free phones and the like to residents of the city. The Union Leader accurately pointed out that the notion that “some people receive more from the state than they give to it and therefore vote to keep the gravy train running is neither new nor controversial — nor incorrect.”
Not incorrect or a new idea at all, but Romney having the “audacity” to illustrate the point in the fashion he did has led to a verbal thrashing at the hands of flacks and hacks, only to see the point proven days later.
When you really get down to it, though, the ‘Obamaphone’ message is but a mere continuation of what Obama supporters have been saying all along, albeit in a more animated fashion. Also from the Union Leader:
Perhaps this does not represent the views of most Obama voters. Then again, recall that at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sandra Fluke praised the President for making taxpayers pay for her birth control. Or read the Democratic Party platform, which was rewritten to advocate that women have access to ‘legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.
Take a listen to President Obama’s stump speech and it’s painfully clear that we’re just at the tip of the iceberg. Promising that government can do so many things for so many people “all by simply raising taxes on the rich” should be regarded as considerably more alarming that a politician illustrating a blunt truth in a blunt fashion.
Of course, after adding $5 trillion in new debt on the heels of promising to cut that debt in half, should we really expect any less at this point?