Are You Part of the 47% Mitt Romney Doesn’t Care About? I Am!

The Mittster1 Are You Part of the 47% Mitt Romney Doesn’t Care About?  I Am!

Let me begin this post by giving you a little context in case you’ve been living under a rock over the last month.  In a private high dollar fundraiser event held just down the road from me here in sunny South Florida (no, I wasn’t invited but I can almost see Boca Raton outside my window), Mitt Romney, caught on hidden video said “There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  Alright, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims; who believe 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.”

I don’t know how you felt when you first heard, watched, or read those statements; but me?  Incredulous is the word that comes to mind!  If incredulous is defined as being skeptical or disbelieving – then I was both skeptical as in “does he really believe what he just said” and disbelieving as in “did he just say that about half the population?”

How Did He Arrive At That Number?

Let’s go ahead and review the Governors math, shall we?  First, according to the United States Census Bureau’s population clock, as of October 7, 2012, the U.S. population is 314,532,884 million.  Now I’m not Nate Silver performing Political Calculus here or anything, but 47% of 314,532,884 is 147,830,455 million people voting for Obama because they are victims and who are dependent on government; right Mr. Romney?  (And no, there isn’t an empty chair next to me as I type this blog post).  Let’s look at the numbers of that “entitlement” crowd.

According to the Social Security Administrations website, 56 million Americans will receive some form of Social Security Benefits in 2012.  Now Before you blow a gasket, I know; Social Security is called an “entitlement”. But is it?

Social Security Is an Entitlement

The mistake many of you make when you hear the word entitlement is to think like Mr. Romney does which is to think that those receiving social security benefits believe government has a responsibility to care for them and that’s just nonsense.  Here’s why; last time I checked, you have to pay into the system and the program is funded by workers’ payroll taxes so if the word entitlement is defined as “having a right to something”, then sufficed to say, you have a right to collect those benefits!

Let’s get back to the math.  56 million collecting social security benefits subtracted from 147,830,455 leaves 91,830,455 million more “Obama Voters” to account for.  Let’s move on to another entitlement; Medicare.  According to the 2012 Annual Medicare Report, in 2011, Medicare covered 48.7 million people.  Again, let’s go to the math; 91,830,455 million subtract 48,700,000 leaves 43,130,455 million more dependent on government, Obama voters still to account for.

Did Romney Actually Mean To Say 49%?

As of June 2011, 49% of Americans received some sort of financial support from the government according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  However, that number includes more than just people receiving anti-poverty assistance. It also includes Social Security and Medicare, the federal pension and health care programs for seniors, which as I mentioned earlier, are programs funded by workers’ payroll taxes and aren’t typically associated with concerns about dependency (AKA Obama voters to Romney). It also includes other benefits, such as worker’s compensation or educational assistance for veterans.  Surely Romney wasn’t including veterans in his accounting, was he?

The number of people who qualify for “means-tested” benefits, which require applicants to have incomes below a certain level, was actually 35.1%, according to the Census Bureau.  By comparison, when the already-slumping U.S. economy began its free-fall in September 2008 of which I happened to be a casualty of, 24% of U.S. households received means-tested benefits such as welfare or food stamps.  An April report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that roughly one in seven Americans received food stamps, compared with about one out of 11 in 2007.

Holy Crap! He Really Did Do the Math

So let’s go ahead and add roughly another 44 million to represent the number of Americans on food stamps and now our math is up to 148,700,000 free-loading Obama voting Americans dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims and believe government has a responsibility to care for them who will never vote for you, right Governor Romney?  Wait a minute.  Holy Crap; he really did do the math.  That’s exactly 47%!  Take that Fact Checkers!

Only…there are some serious flaws with these numbers. But why let those get in the way of nailing a statistic like Romney did at his high dollar fundraising event?  Do you know anyone on welfare, collecting social security, or on Medicare who have voted Republican – EVER?  Do you know of anyone right now collecting those aforementioned government benefits that have proclaimed they are voting for Mitt Romney?  Of course you do… and so do I!

Ryan Also Part of the 47%

I’m only 47 years old so I don’t collect any social security or Medicare Benefits…yet.  But my Parents do and I expect my children and I will as well.  But not if Romney and Ryan have anything to say about it.  Funny thing about the Governors running mate:  Ryan and his family would have been part of the 47% Romney referred to as well because at the age of 16, Ryan’s father passed and he collected Social Security benefits until he was 18.  I would like to ask him what having that social program step in and help meant to him, his family, and to his future.  Unless of course, he really didn’t need it.  You’ll have to ask him.

That only leaves one qualifying item; when my business failed, I was not entitled to any unemployment benefits.  I was also paying almost $2000 dollars a month for my Blue Cross–Blue Shield health insurance policy to cover me, my two children, and Kelly who had a pre-existing condition, that I could no longer afford and at the end of a long and torturous road through financial hell, I had to accept both Medicaid and Food Stamps.  Judge me if you must, but as a person who was averaging paying $40,000 dollars plus a year to the Federal Government in taxes (Yes, I was formerly a 1 percenter) and has been paying into the system since I was 15 years old, I never felt entitled to these benefits as much as I was grateful they were available for me and my family in our time of need.  I never felt like a victim Mr. Romney, rather a casualty of the economic realities that befell me and millions more across these United States.

Mitt Was Right

So you see; I am truly part of that 47% Mitt Romney referenced at his fundraiser and far be it for me to make a liar out of him since he’s so good at doing it for himself.  Yes Mitt; you were right!  I am not voting for you but not for any of the reasons you laid out on video to your high-level fundraising contributors, and everything to do with Mitt Romney the candidate!

What did you think when you first read or heard about Governor Romney’s statements referencing the 47 percent and do you agree, or disagree with them?  Please lend your voice to the conversation and if you liked this post, please share it with your friends



Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    I’m part of the 47%, although, I’m disenfranchised by both parties. Both parties are two sides of the same coin and present us with the illusion of choice.

    More government and more war.

    or

    More government and more entitlements.

    Either way, no matter who is in power we have less freedom and more government. I’m 29 so and taking the current state of affairs into account, social security would be bankrupt well before I can even begin to collect. I’d be me inclined to opt out of the whole system if I could.

    God, I hate talking about politicians…or should I say, liars and thieves!

    • Jonathon, I wish I could say I totally disagree with you…but I don’t! Not only is Washington Broken, but so is our system of electing representation as well as this “two party” system of rule we are all under! Something has to change or we are headed for even greater calamity!

      However, the only way I do know how, at the bare minimum, to affect some change and be a part of the process is to vote! I hope everyone at least votes! Great comment!

  2. Jon says:

    Lou

    Thanks for this post, I would like to know what part of his 1% have received a hand out over their lifetime.

    As a former student I was thankful(didn’t feel like it was owed to me) of the financial assistance I received. It has all been paid back with interest and now likely lent to another person.

    Thanks

    Jon

    • Jon, you were thankful, like I was thankful, like millions of Americans are probably thankful as they strive to recover or just make better lives for themselves and their families!

      And…you’re not a victim, like I’m not a victim, like millions of Americans aren’t victims. Thanks for the comment :)

  3. Ginger says:

    The way he got to the 47% number has nothing to do with social security, medicare, food stamps, or any other entitlement. The 47% is the percent of tax returns that does not, at this time pay any federal income tax. Often that is college students, elderly, those in the military, the very poor and those with average income but multiple children.

    • Thanks for the comment Ginger. The whole article with the math was written “tongue in cheek”. Mr. Romney never explained it as you just did even though he has had ample time and opportunity to do so.

      It also still doesn’t cover the gist of my story which was to point out that I never felt entitled to the benefits I received as much as I was grateful they were available for me and my family in our time of need. Nor did I ever feel like a victim because of what I had gone through as Mr. Romney claimed the 47% do in the video!

      As you may, or may not know, he now claims he is Mr. 100% and the statement was stupid. Again, I agree with Mr. Romney (on the latter) :)

  4. lourod65 says:

    Thanks Francesco. I’ve had huge problems with my comments and just switched to DISQUS so I’m just seeing your post. Sorry :)

  5. lourod65 says:

    Thank you Irina. Please continue to stop by or register via RSS!

  6. lourod65 says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Kim and yes, without a doubt, voter apathy is a huge problem which is actually how the politicians want it! We know better though :) Thanks for the comment!

  7. Juana says:

    In the past year, I, and several of my co-workers, lost our jobs due to our company running out of money because of the economy. We had all worked hard and have since all found other jobs, but for less pay. Not a single one of us filed for unemployment, we were too proud, and we wanted to work. My husband’s company has also had issues due to the economy and they have had to let go of half of their employees to make ends meet. My husband is working long hours to keep up and keep the company operating.

    Several years ago, I was with a business that let go of the CEO because he did not make his plan happen. He was a nice man, but our owners felt we needed a different vision. I also have a friend who was a college football coach who was asked to leave due to a losing record. In both cases, a change was needed to motivate and give the business or program hope.

    Do you feel the leader of a country is any different? Do you feel a president should be held accountable for the promises he makes? Are you better off today because of the president’s policies? Do you know why the stimulus program failed? I look around and would like to give up because I am not on food stamps (like 47 million people are and growing) – and I am not one of the 23 million that has filed for unemployment.

    I have just run across and enjoyed your blog about how you have turned around your credit opportunities in the past few months. After reading this post all I can say is that I hope that neither of us will not have another 4 rough years.

    • Juana, thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate anyone who takes time out to leave a comment on any blog, let alone mine, and I definitely respect everyone’s opinions whether they align with mine or not.

      I applaud your fighting spirit and am in full agreement with you in hoping that the next 4 years will be better than the last 4. But remember this: in our system of democracy, no President can govern this country on his own. He needs the help of the Senate and the House to move this country forward.

      In this past election, I believe the American People have spoken and want all 3 branches of the legislative branch to govern together with the President leading. Let’s hope that’s the case moving forward. At the end of the day, we are not Democrats or Republicans, rather we are all Americans :)

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