Romney’s cavalier, dismissive judgment

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Mitt Romney said the following last spring at a closed-door fundraiser meeting with millionaire supporters:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what ... 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 ... (They consider these entitlements). And the government should give it to them ... These are people who pay no income tax.

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

On Sept. 18, one day after Romney’s extraordinary remarks were made public, he said only that he “had made a poor choice of words.” Huh?

This does nothing to change the gross misrepresentation — interpretative as well as factual — in Romney’s original way of describing all his political opponents.

Romney’s problem begins with gross factual mistakes but goes further with a cavalier and dismissive judgment about nearly half of the American electorate.

This in a man who wants to be president of all the people.

Ray Norsworthy

Walla Walla

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