Saturday, October 6, 2012

Romney's remarks at fundraiser shouldn't cause fuss

Joey Bluege
Mitt Romney has been under attack recently for a video that surfaced of him during a campaign fundraiser from earlier this year (“Romney: Nearly half ‘believe they are victims’,” Sept. 18).
During the private fundraiser he said that a huge part of Obama supporters were ones who don’t pay taxes, which make them feel like “victims” who will vote for the president “no matter what.” So where is the lie in that statement?
After almost four years in office, President Obama hasn’t been able to turn the economy around. Unemployment continues to sit around 8 percent with no relief in sight. So instead of focusing on creating jobs, Obama and his administration have focused on entitlement programs.
Now do I believe that Romney may have exaggerated a little bit when he used the number 47 percent? I do believe that number is a little high, but not by much.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 39 percent of Americans think the government should be doing more to help them out. Since when did America go from being the country where you could work hard and live well to becoming a nanny state where it’s the government’s responsibility to take care of you from birth to death?
So here’s the problem. With the president focusing on entitlements and spending instead of jobs, the national debt continues to rise. There continues to be more Americans receiving money from the government through food stamps, disability payments and other government programs while there are no longer enough Americans to pick up the government’s tab.
If this trend continues, the United States will eventually become a nanny state.
Romney didn’t lie in his statement when he said that a large percentage of Americans feel like “victims” who need to vote for Obama in order to keep their benefits. So where’s all the controversy coming from?
Romney has the business knowledge to create jobs and put more people back to work so they don’t have to rely on the government. He will help turn America back into a nation where hard work pays off.
I believe that President John F. Kennedy said it best when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” There’s still time for America to turn things around and once again be a land of opportunity.
Joey Bluege is a student at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

No comments:

Post a Comment